Many, many, a few years in the past (six), Raw Charge began a sequence to assist cross the time by way of the canine days of summer season. As the offseason grinds on, we figured it could be a superb time to convey returned the sequence and stroll returned down reminiscence lane as we keep in mind some gamers. Now that the offseason is within the fall/winter sweaters are far more comfy to put on.
As a refresher, because it’s been awhile since we did considered one of these, this isn’t essentially the best participant to ever put on the quantity, however the one you keep in mind probably the most. In most instances, like this one, it finally ends up being the identical particular person, however typically it’s not.
Today’s quantity is “33”, a private favourite of mine since my favourite baseball participant once I was rising up was Eddie Murray who wore that quantity for the Baltimore Orioles. Oddly sufficient, there are solely eight gamers which have worn this quantity in Lightning franchise historical past. In latest years it’s not often been seen on the ice, save for a few gamers sporting it for call-ups.
Then once more, in NHL historical past there haven’t been many nice “33”s. It isn’t seared into our recollections like “99” or “66”. Patrick Roy runs away with the very best participant to put on the quantity in NHL historical past, adopted by Henrik Sedin. After that it’s a little bit of a toss up.
As for me personally, there’s a far-and-away chief on this class, adopted by plenty of “oh yeah, he wore it as effectively” of us. Let’s go forward and try the contenders.
8. David Koci (33 Games, 1 Goal, 1 Assist)
After beginning his profession in Chicago (along with his most notable second being having his nostril rearranged by Zdeno Chara – warning: there’s a little bit of blood in that video) Koci was signed as a free agent by the Lightning in July. He made the crew however was scratched for the primary 5 video games. He was inserted into the line-up instead of a slumping Radim Vrbata however solely performed Three shifts and 41 seconds (however managed to take back-to-back penalties). Following the sport he was positioned on waivers and claimed by St. Louis.
Coach Barry Melrose wasn’t pleased about it (regardless of scratching him for 4 of the primary 5 video games) telling the St. Petersburg Times “That’s why the United States has a nuclear arsenal. It’s referred to as a deterrent. Think Boogaard (Minnesota Wild’s Derek) is within the lineup as a result of he’s going to get 10 objectives? I don’t suppose so.”
Melrose and his understanding of nuclear geopolitics wouldn’t be round a month later when the Lightning claimed Koci returned through waivers. After a few extra wholesome scratches he returned to the line-up on November 26th. He lasted a bit of longer (2:02 of ice time) and bought right into a combat. Also getting right into a combat that evening, a younger teenager by the title of Steven Stamkos.
Koci broke his hand in that combat in opposition to Colton Orr. When he returned in January he performed virtually each evening, though solely six to eight minutes an evening. He picked up an help in a February sport in opposition to Boston (Mark Recchi scored the purpose). Koci’s lone Lightning purpose got here in opposition to Carey Price and the Canadiens in March.
He would signal with Colorado the following summer season and play with them for 2 seasons earlier than heading over to his native Czech Republic for 2 seasons with HC Sparta Praha.
7. Benoit Hogue (62 Games, 11 Goals, 14 Assists)
In the mid-1990s Benoit Hogue was a reasonably dependable scorer, ripping off 4 straight seasons of 30 or extra objectives. Injuries had hampered him a bit by the point the Lightning signed him in the summertime of 1998, however he was coming off a post-season through which he was one of many high scorers for the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars.
He was a part of an inflow of veterans that new proprietor Art Williams hoped would make the the crew aggressive. General Manager Phil Esposito wasn’t as enthused concerning the choose, stating in his autobiography, Thunder and Lightning, that he would have moderately spent the cash on a goaltender.
Esposito was proper, the cash would have been spent higher on a goalie because the 1998-99 Lightning used six totally different gamers in web. After struggling to begin the season (goalless in his first 26 video games and Jacques Demers virtually minimize him in early December) Hogue held his personal because the second-line heart, his 25 factors was sixth on the crew although he was traded in March to Dallas for Sergey Gusev.
During his struggles on the ice, he additionally needed to cope with a tragedy off of it. At the tip of October, whereas on a highway journey in Washington, he obtained the information that his youthful sister, Marlene, had been murdered in Montreal. While he hadn’t spoken to his sister in 4 years, she had been estranged from a lot of the household, it couldn’t have been simple for him to give attention to hockey, particularly for the reason that case garnered plenty of consideration in Quebec.
While it couldn’t ease the ache that comes with dropping a sibling, Hogue’s return to Dallas did give him a second of pleasure on the ice. Despite tearing his ACL and MCL in late May, he made it returned and performed 20 minutes in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final (aka the Hull Was In The Crease sport).
He hung round for just a few extra years, taking part in elements of seasons with Phoenix, Dallas, Boston and Washington earlier than retiring on the finish of the 2001-02 season.
6. Brantt Myhres 1995 (15 Games, 2 Goals, 0 Assists, 81 PIMs)
Myhres was a part of the Lightning’s inaugural draft class, going within the fifth spherical of the 1992 draft after racking up 381 penalty minutes for Lethbridge within the WHL. He made his NHL debut in March of 1995 and promptly dropped his gloves to combat the Whalers Mark Janssens (Myhres was sporting “27” within the sport however would swap to “33” quickly). In his subsequent sport, in opposition to the Flyers, he scored his first NHL purpose. Not a nasty method to begin a profession for a 20-year-old in 1995.
He performed in 15 video games that season, selecting up far more penalty minutes than ice time (together with a formidable 39 PIMs in back-to-back video games), however scoring a second purpose. He would resurface with the Lightning within the 1996-97 season (sporting a special quantity) and play in 47 video games. The following offseason he was traded to Edmonton for Vladimir Vujtek and a 3rd spherical choose (that the Lightning used to draft Dmitry Afansenkov).
Myhres profession could be derailed by points with medication and alcohol, getting suspended from the league a number of instances earlier than receiving a lifetime ban from the game in North America in 2006. He labored arduous to get his life returned so as after which used his expertise to assist different gamers.
In 2015, he returned to hockey in a participant confidant position for the Los Angeles Kings. He was a useful resource the gamers might use, talking to him confidentiality concerning the points they have been experiencing and as a former participant and addict he might assist them out. He labored in that position till February of 2018.
5. Greg McKegg (15 Games, 0 Goals, 1 Assist)
The Lightning claimed McKegg on waivers in February of 2017. By the start of March he was taking part in recurrently as a consequence of accidents and one of many few commerce deadlines the place the Lightning have been sellers. With Steven Stamkos injured and after dealing Valterri Filppula and Brian Boyle the Lightning wanted our bodies so McKegg slotted in as a part of the underside six.
His lone level got here through the Lightning’s livid comeback from a 4-1 deficit in opposition to Chicago on March 27th. He assisted on Anton Stralman’s purpose that minimize the Blackhawks result in 4-3. Jonathan Drouin would rating the equalizer a couple of minutes later and Yanni Gourde gained it in additional time.
The former Maple Leaf has performed for 3 totally different groups over the past couple of years, discovering minutes with Pittsburgh, Carolina, and the Rangers.
4. Yves Racine 1998 (60 Games, 0 Goals, 8 Assists)
Racine is a kind of gamers who it seems like was with the Lightning longer than only one season. Yet, he was solely with the crew within the 1997-98 season. Having misplaced Bill Houlder and Rudy Poeschek in free company, the Lightning wanted assistance on the blue line. The plans have been for Racine, who had performed on 5 totally different groups over the earlier 5 seasons, to supply a bit of offense and assist mentor Roman Hamrlik. After getting the okay from potential homeowners, the Maloof brothers (a narrative in and of itself) the Lightning signed Racine to a one-year contract with an possibility for a second yr.
Things sadly didn’t end up the way in which issues have been deliberate for Racine or the crew. Racine had points discovering taking part in time initially of the season and was a wholesome scratch just a few instances. Playing time elevated in November when Jacques Demers, who had been the coach of the Red Wings when Racine was drafted within the first spherical in 1987 (4 spots forward of Joe Sakic) and had additionally coached him in Montreal, took over for the fired Terry Crisp.
Following the season, the Lightning uncovered him within the Nashville growth draft and when he wasn’t taken, declined to select up his possibility. Racine signed with Jokerit in Finland and performed in Europe till 2005-06.
One of the explanations the Lightning didn’t signal him – lack of offense. Only 5 gamers (excluding goaltenders) have performed extra video games with the Lightning with out scoring a purpose.
3. Cameron Gaunce (5 Games, 1 Goal, 3 Assists)
Honestly, Gaunce is ranked this excessive as a result of I’ve spent plenty of time watching Syracuse hockey over the previous two seasons. As you may see by his numbers he hasn’t spent plenty of time in Tampa throughout his time with the group.
The veteran (and Stanley Cup Champion – he gained his with Pittsburgh) has been a depth call-up over the previous two seasons, filling in when the Lightning have undergone a rash of accidents on the blueline. He was on the postseason roster in 2018-19, however considerably surprisingly didn’t make the bubble roster final yr. In truth, he wasn’t even a part of the summer season coaching camp roster.
He did rating one purpose on this previous season – a slapshot from the blue line in a 4-Three win over Colorado in February. He additionally had some shifts as a ahead in a few his video games.
As of proper now the veteran blueliner continues to be a free agent, however there’s a likelihood, as soon as the Lightning work out their bigger points, he might find yourself returned within the group filling the identical position as harm call-up and veteran presence in Syracuse.
2. Dan Ellis (31 Games, .889 SV%, 2.93 GAA, 13-7-6)
Remember when the Lightning traded for Curtis McElhinney manner returned in 2011? Probably not since his tenure lasted roughly 4 days earlier than the Ottawa Senators claimed him off of waivers from the Lightning. Well, the participant going returned the opposite manner within the authentic commerce was Dan Ellis.
Ellis had been signed the earlier summer season as a free agent and potential rival for Mike Smith in web. Unfortunately neither participant actually shined because the primary netminder, forcing General Manager Steve Yzerman to herald Dwayne Roloson to assist solidify the goaltending. With an additional goalie on the roster, Mr Yzerman dealt him to Anaheim for McElhinney (sure it was one other goalie, however the thought was McElhinney would clear waivers and be capable to assist Syracuse within the AHL).
In the tip Ellis might be extra remembered for his social media shenanigans (keep in mind when #DanEllisIssues was a factor?) then he was for his play on the ice. During his quick Lightning profession he wasn’t nice, he wasn’t dangerous, he simply was.
1. Fredrik Modin (445 Games, 145 Goals, 141 Assists)
Well, it’s just about a race for second place, isn’t it? He wore the jersey the longest and was probably the most widespread gamers throughout his six seasons in Tampa. If Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Marty St. Louis have been the Big Three through the Lightning’s first sustained run of success, then Modin was an in depth fourth. When he left the crew he ranked second in objectives scored, fourth in video games performed, and sixth in assists in franchise historical past. His 145 objectives scored continues to be good for seventh all time.
For these round right here who may not keep in mind him, consider Modin as an Ondrej Palat-esque participant besides with a much bigger slapshot. He got here to the Lightning in one of many all-time lopsided trades (Cory Cross and a seventh spherical choose to Toronto for Modin) and was a gradual producer for six seasons, topping 30 objectives twice and making the All-Star crew in 2001.
Despite his success within the black and white, Modin was deemed expendable within the put up Nikolai Khabibulin-era. After middling success with John Grahme and Sean Burke in web, GM Jay Feaster wished to enhance the expertise in web. After flirting with names such a J.S. Giguere and Roberto Luongo, Feaster targeted on Marc Denis, a goaltender he knew from his time because the president of the Hershey Bears.
In order to pry Denis from the Blue Jackets, Feaster needed to ship Modin and Fredrik Norrena to Columbus. Modin had one strong season with the Blue Jackets earlier than accidents set in. He performed in Columbus for 4 seasons after which bounced round from Los Angeles to Atlanta to Calgary earlier than retiring after the 2010-11 season.
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