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Ron Hextall
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Ron Hextall: 64 in 1993-94

A month after their surprise run to the 1993 Wales Conference Finals, the Islanders acquired former Vezina Trophy winner Ron Hextall from the Quebec Nordiques. The teams swapped first-round picks and the Isles added backup goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick to complete the deal. The acquisition of Hextall led to playoff hero Glenn Healy being unprotected in the NHL expansion draft.

The shakeup meant that Tom Draper and 22-year-old Jamie McLennan made up the Isles' depth in goal, resulting in coach Al Arbour relying heavily on Hextall. The veteran became the first goaltender in team history to surpass 60 games played in a season. The Islanders and Hextall had an up and down season, finishing 8th in the new Eastern Conference before being thoroughly dominated by the New York Rangers in a first-round sweep. Hextall ended the year with a 27-26-6 record posting a 3.08 GAA and .898 SV%. After the season he was traded back to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 6th-round pick and goaltender Tommy Soderstrom. Hextall would find his old form with his former team, leading the league in GAA in 1995-96.

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