MIKE GARTNER

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GARTNER HADN’T COME es­pe­cially close to a Cup over the first decade-plus of his ca­reer with the Cap­i­tals, North Stars or Rangers. But in 1994, he fi­nally found him­self on a Cup fa­vorite. By March, the Rangers were on their way to their se­cond Pres­i­dents’ Tro­phy in three years, and with Mark Messier lead­ing the way, Brian Leetch on the blue­line and Mike Keenan be­hind the bench, the Rangers were set to fi­nally break the fran­chise’s 54year Cup drought.

And as it turns out, they did. But Gartner didn’t get to be a part of it. In a dead­line deal, the 33-year-old vet­eran was sent to the Maple Leafs for Glenn An­der­son.

Gartner and the Leafs nearly made it to the Cup them­selves be­fore fall­ing to the Canucks in the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nal. Mean­while, the Rangers went on to win it all at Madi­son Square Gar­den (de­spite not get­ting all that much pro­duc­tion out of An­der­son along the way).

For An­der­son, it was his sixth Cup ring. Gartner played un­til 1998 but never made it out of the first round again.

MIKE GARTNER

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