Originally posted on SNY Rangers Blog:

Yesterday, Stan Fischler, sent out a bunch of tweets saying that in 1994 the Rangers offered former Islanders captain Denis Potvin a contract.

Fischler’s tweets were:

  • Thanks to pal Phil Czochanski, we have the “inside” on Potvin nearly becoming a Ranger. Phil got it straight from Denis. It happened in 1994
  • Phil says,”Denis had been retired for 5 seasons” when Rangers made the offer: “They offered him a $5 mil bonus for a Cup win; and $2 mil for the rest of that season and $5 mil for the following season.”
  • Phil, who worked with Denis on Panthers telecasts asked Potvin why he turned down the Rangers offer. “Denis told me that he was flattered,” says Phil, “but worried about injuries, not being on top of his game.
  • “Denis wondered about the reception he’d get from Rangers fans in his first game at MSG; and his reception from Isles fans…

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