Flashback: How Close The Rangers Got To Acquiring Wayne Gretzky In 1988

Today is the 24th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky being traded from Edmonton To Los Angeles for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first-round draft picks and $15 million.

In 1988 the New York Times reported that Glen Sather approached Rangers GM Phil Esposito about acquiring Gretzky but terms couldn’t be agreed to. Esposito said ‘It’s great to have Gretzky, but who’s he going to play with? I think it’s too much.”

During an interview last year Esposito said that the Rangers were prepared to send Tomas Sandstrom, Kelly Kisio and John Vanbiesbrouck to the Kings but that the money could not be agreed upon.