2. Tony Amonte finds a home in Chicago- March 1994
This trade could’ve potentially ended badly for the Blackhawks. They were giving up Stéphane Matteau, a big-bodied scorer who had put up a couple of 15-goal seasons in the previous two years. He would also eventually end up scoring a game seven overtime goal to lift the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final, a play that is enshrined in hockey lore.
However, while Chicago did lose something in Matteau, they ended up gaining one of their all-time great players in Tony Amonte. He had put up big numbers with the Rangers, and his scoring prowess only improved when he came to the Windy City.
Amonte would end up playing nearly a decade for the Chicago Blackhawks, and suited up for almost 630 games in a ‘Hawks sweater. His best year points-wise came in the 2000 season, when he would put up 84 points, including 43 goals, to lead the team in scoring.
There’s no doubt that Tony Amonte is one of the better players of the late 90s. He helped lead the ‘Hawks through some tumultuous years following their sweep in the 1992 Stanley Cup Final. While the team did give up a notable offensive threat, they acquired one of their staple players of the decade, and a guy whose impact on the game can still be felt today.