The National Hockey League has some of the most high-profile players in sports history and the Rangers are no exception.
Their superstar players have been among the most influential in the history of sports and their cultural relativism is well known.
Now, it’s time for a look at the most iconic Rangers of all time.
Rick Nash (1995-present)In 1995, Rick Nash, a forward for the Montreal Canadiens, was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the New York Rangers.
He was the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in his first season in the league and became the first to do so in his second season.
In his first NHL game, he scored twice in a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Nash would go on to play for the Rangers from 1997-2002.
In 2003, Nash would play for another franchise, the Florida Panthers.
His first full season in New York was spent with the Panthers.
In 2003, the New Jersey Devils acquired Nash in exchange for defenseman Mike Cammalleri and forward Matt Cooke.
He would play a season in Edmonton before signing a one-year contract with the Rangers in 2004.
He was a staple of the Rangers power play in his two seasons with the team.
After two seasons in New Jersey, Nash was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers.
He started five games in 2002-03 before suffering a broken collarbone in his rookie season.
Brad Richards (2006-present, with the New England Patriots)Richards had his career sputter in 2007-08 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He made the playoffs in 2009-10, but the Penguins lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs.
It wasn’t until 2011-12 that he would make a big impact with the Boston Bruins, winning two Stanley Cups with the Bruins.
He led the league in scoring and had five goals and 12 assists in 2011-14.
Henrik Lundqvist (2009-13)In 2009-13, Henrik’s playing career began.
He played three seasons with St. Petersburg, the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate, before being traded to New York in 2011.
His career did not end well, as he was traded twice in his third season with the Islanders, but he was a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist and was named to the All-Star Game in 2012.
The Rangers were able to lure Lundqvists contract with an extension in 2014, and he signed a one year deal worth $5.2 million.
Lundqvistic has become a staple for the club and a staple on the ice.
Mike Modano (2009)Modano played two seasons for the Carolina Hurricanes.
He went on to be traded to Carolina in 2014 and won two Stanley Cup championships with the Hurricanes.
Before that, he spent two seasons playing in the American Hockey League.
He scored two goals and six assists in 2014-15.
Jeff Carter (2010-12)Carter was a third round pick of the Boston Red Wings in 2008 and went on a nine-year career in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.
At 22 years old, Carter won a Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Maple Leafs and was a three-time Norris Trophy finalists.
He won two Calder Cups in his NHL career and was selected to his fourth All-Stars Game in 2016.
Mark Messier (2006)The Flyers acquired Messier from the Detroit Devils in a three year deal.
Messier played for the Flyers from 2008-09 and won four Stanley Cups during his tenure in Philadelphia.
He is currently the Flyers most prolific scorer.
Mike Ribeiro (2011)Ribeiro played three years in the AHL with the Tampa Blue Jackets before being dealt to the Rangers for Alex Ovechkin in 2011 and signed a three and a half year contract worth $18.5 million in 2014.
He had six goals and 11 assists in his last two seasons.
Kevin Bieksa (2009, with Minnesota Wild)Bieksa spent three seasons in the Swedish Hockey League before being acquired by the Rangers as part of a two year deal with the Minnesota Wild.
Biecka played for three seasons for Minnesota before being released in 2013.
He then played in the ECHL for the Minnesota Golden Gophers before being sent back to the AHL.
Bieksas contract with Minnesota ended after the 2013-14 season.
Biekas career was cut short when he suffered a season ending knee injury in 2015.
Patrick Roy (2013)Roy played three NHL seasons with Dallas before signing his first free agent contract with Boston in 2014 in exchange.
Roy went on an eight-year, $126 million deal that included a $12 million signing bonus.
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