Five players that you completely forgot were New York Rangers

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Markus Naslund #91 of the New York Rangers controls the puck against the Washington Capitals during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Capitals defeat the Rangers 4-0. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Markus Naslund #91 of the New York Rangers controls the puck against the Washington Capitals during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Capitals defeat the Rangers 4-0. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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11 Dec 1998: Rightwinger Mike Knuble #22 of the New York Rangers looks on during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres defeated the Rangers 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
11 Dec 1998: Rightwinger Mike Knuble #22 of the New York Rangers looks on during a game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Sabres defeated the Rangers 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport /

Mike Knuble

The Rangers acquired Knuble from the Red Wings in 1998 in a deal that sent the Red Wings a second and third round pick. Coming off his first full NHL season with the Red Wings, where he scored 13 points in 53 games, Knuble played well with the Rangers in 98-99, tallying 15 goals and 20 assists in a bottom-six role.

In 59 games with the Rangers the following season, the Toronto, Ontario native seemed to regress as he only had 14 points. The team then dealt him to the legendary Pat Burns’ Boston Bruins for another winger, Rob DiMaio. DiMaio only played 12 games with the Rangers, scoring just one goal in those contents.

Little did the Blueshirts know that the trade would haunt them for the next decade.

Knuble spent the rest of his career playing for some of the Rangers’ most hated rivals; the Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals.

After a few middling seasons in Boston, Knuble broke out in 2002-03 when he notched 30 goals and 29 assists in 75 games. He went on to play 1068 games and tally 278 goals and 548 points in his career.

Just another example of the roster mismanagement by the turn-of-the-century Rangers.