One of the most significant trades in NHL history that nearly happened, but didn't
BY MIKE ARMENTI SEPTEMBER 4, 2023 (12:22)
Stamkos has 2 Stanley Cups to his credit, and has won 2 Rocket Richard Trophies as well. He is an NHL captain and despite missing time due to devastating injuries, he hasn't lost a step or missed a beat. He was the most coveted free agent back in 2016 before striking a deal to return to Tampa on an 8-year deal, worth $68M. However, at one point, he was almost dealt to the New York Rangers, which would have meant a very different career path.
Back in 2010, the Lightning reportedly had a deal with the New York Rangers on that table that would have seen Steven Stamkos moved from the Lightning to the Rangers, with a few of the following names being tossed around in New York: Michael Del Zotto, Evgeny Grachev, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and/or Dan Girardi. The deal would have included more than 1 of these names and possibly even as many as 3 of them.
Fortunately for the Lightning, their co-owner had stepped in and nixed the deal, retaining Stamkos and, obviously, we now know that it was the best decision he had ever made.
Source: New York Post
IF THE RANGERS HAD ACQUIRED STAMKOS BACK IN 2010, WOULD THEY HAVE WON A CUP BETWEEN THEN AND NOW?
SEPTEMBER 4 201 ANSWERS
|WITH STAMKOS AND LUNDQVIST? DEFINITELY||80||39.8 %|
|NO, I DON'T THINK SO||69||34.3 %|
|IT'S TOO TOUGH TO SAY||52||25.9 %|
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