I respectfully disagree with the idea that Bure and Jagr were both past their primes WHEN they came to the Rangers. Bure was only 30 when he was traded to the Rangers, coming off two of his absolute best seasons. Jagr was 31, and agree this can be debated, but that 124 point season screamed he was still a stud.
My vote would be for Shanahan...hopefully a Cup will change my choice to Naslund down the road
Bure and Shanahan top the list for me. Although I agree that Bure and Jagr weren't past their primes, so I'll turn mine into older players coming here.
With Gretzky, I wasn't really in favor of it because I knew he was near the end and I wasn't sure how much he'd have left in the tank. In retrospect, I was wrong. I loved getting to watch the guy every game, I was in person for his last goal (the one that broke Gordie Howe's all-time NHL/WHA record) and his last game ceremony was very touching.
I wasn't crazy about the Jagr move either. I liked Carter despite his struggles and I didn't think it made much sense to put Jagr with a ragtag team like we were after the infamous deadline purge. In retrospect, Slats knew what he was doing with the lockout coming. All I got from Jagr was a guy who busted his ass for 3 seasons (as well as a couple of meaningless months at the end of 2004).
Bure was a pickup I was absolutely psyched about and I loved watching the guy before his injury.
really none - past prime is just that. TGO was exciting for a couple days. Shanny sounded exciting until I remembered he was my age. Lafleur and Dionne sounded nice, but they were old. I guess I'd like to remember those players as what they were [on other teams] and not how they hung on too long as a Ranger.