Friday, February 25, 2011

Homes of the Comeback Kids

Yesterday's moves, between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers and the Penguins and Ottawa Senators, saw two former players return to where they once played.  Stillman back to the Canes; Kovalev back to the Penguins (that seems like an entirely different franchise at this point though); in my line of work that's called a comeback kid.  That got me thinkin'; is this a common trend?  Look at Calgary's roster.  Buffalo brought back Mike Grier. Carolina has a roster full of prodigal sons.  So let's hit the rosters.

Atlantic Division

New Jersey Devils - Brian Rolston (1994-2000, 2008-2011), Jason Arnott (1997-2002, 2010-2011)
Philadelphia Flyers - Brian Boucher (1999-2002, 2009-2011)
Pittsburgh Penguins - Alex Kovalev (1998-2003 , 2011)
New York Rangers - Sean Avery (2006-2008, 2008-2011)
New York Islanders - None

Central Division

Detroit Red Wings - Todd Bertuzzi (2006-2007, 2009-2011), Chris Osgood (1993-2001, 2005-2011)
Nashville Predators - Francis Bouillon (2002-2003, 2009-2011)
Chicago Blackhawks - None
Columbus Blue Jackets - None
St. Louis Blues - None

Northeast Division

Boston Bruins - None
Montreal Canadiens - Paul Mara (2009-2010, 2010-2011)
Buffalo Sabres - Mike Grier (2003-2006, 2009-2011)
Toronto Maple Leafs - None
Ottawa Senators - None

Northwest Division

Vancouver Canucks - None
Minnesota Wild - Andrew Brunette (2001-2004, 2008-2011)
Calgary Flames - Alex Tanguay (2006-2008, 2010-2011), Olli Jokinen (2008-2010, 2010-2011)
Colorado Avalanche - Adam Foote (1995-2004, 2007-2011)
Edmonton Oilers - None

Pacific Division

San Jose Sharks - None
Phoenix Coyotes - Radim Vrbata (2007-2008, 2009-2011), Derek Morris (2003-2009, 2009-2011)
Los Angeles Kings - None
Dallas Stars - Stephane Robidas (2002-2004, 2005-2011), Jamie Langenbrunner (1994-2002, 2010-2011)
Anaheim Ducks - Teemu Selanne (1995-2001, 2005-2011), Francois Beauchemin (2006-2009, 2011)

Southeast Division

Tampa Bay Lightning - Pavel Kubina (1997-2006, 2010-2011)
Washington Capitals - None
Carolina Hurricanes - Erik Cole (2001-2008, 2008-2011), Joe Corvo (2007-2010, 2010-2011), Corey Stillman (2005-2008 , 2011)
Atlanta Thrashers - None
Florida Panthers - Radek Dvorak (1995-2000, 2007-2011), Darcy Hordichuk (2002 - 2004, 2011),

Team with the most comeback kids? The Carolina Hurricanes.  Not a surprise here.

Did I miss anything?  Also; if you want to count coaches; Hurricanes extend that lead.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

would jurcina count for the caps?

Anonymous said...

Shane Hnidy fr the B's too.

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