In his first season with the New York Rangers, Bill Cook scored 33 goals in 44 games, securing the league scoring title. He never got big money, but he always managed to negotiate the best contract possible for himself.
So when it came time to negotiate a new contract one year, Cook wanted $250 more than GM Lester Patrick was willing to pay. Patrick went to his boss for advice. Armed with the knowledge Cook loved hunting and fishing, Patrick headed back to negotiations.
Lester Patrick said, "Sign this contract and we'll buy you the best shotgun obtainable." Bill Cook instantly agreed. He then picked out his rifle, an English model.
It cost the Rangers $1,200.