An almost hilarious piece on the CBS Detroit website was put up begging the fan base to not boo Sergei Fedorov when he returns for the Winter Classic Alumni game, as they boo’d him when he was an Anaheim Duck, Columbus Blue Jacket and Washington Capital. This got me thinking: Whaaaaaaat? Sergei Fedorov played for someone other than the Red Wings? I completely blocked out the 2003-2009 portion of his career, apparently, because I can only picture him as a Red Wing. Remember this ad he did for Nike? Amazing.
But there it is, clear as day and on his NHL.com stats page, he played elsewhere. Got me thinking: What current Sharks have been burned into our fanbase’s consciousness and will ALWAYS be Sharks, no matter where they play? Since I’m a fan of lists, here’s my Mount Rushmore of current Sharks players:
- Patrick Marleau – Marleau’s made his case clear. All of his 830 points have come in over 1100 games as a San Jose Shark. Former Captain, class act on and off the ice.
- Joe Thornton – Current Captain, the only player to have won the Hart after being traded mid-season. Put me on a line with Joe Thornton and I would score a couple goals as he banks pucks in the net off my posterior. Guy is a passing legend, reshaping his game the same way Steve Y did years ago to focus on winning over everything else and I can’t picture #19 finishing his career anywhere else.
- Douglas Murray – The offseason rumor mill was churning when there were discussions of him being traded and I lost my mind over it. I posted about how terrible an idea it would be to trade him.
- Joe Pavelski – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Mrs. Boomer would not like it if The Big Pavelski ever played in another city. He has had too many big moments for us already and his legend will continue to grow as he enters the prime of his career. Never forget this goal. Ever.
Top Sharks who’ll be remembered for playing elsewhere
- Eddie Belfour – Remembered as a Dallas Star
- Marty McSorley – Remembered as Wayne Gretzky’s Personal Security Guard with the Oilers and Kings
- Claude Lemieux – Remembered as a New Jersey Devil
- Brian Campbell – Remembered as a
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- Rob Blake – Remembered as a Los Angeles King
Want to debate a list? Tweet me @bluelineboomer