Monday, January 30, 2006

Mike Sillinger: The man with no home

Many fans lament that in pro sports, players shift teams too often. More lenient free agency has dropped the years players skate for the same clubs in the NHL, making players who play their entire careers with one franchise (like Joe Sakic and Martin Brodeur will) a rarity.

Case in point, Mike Sillinger, who was dealt from the St. Louis Blues to the Nashville Predators late last night.

The move makes Mr. Sillinger the new holder of an odd record: The player who has played for the most different teams. When he steps on the ice for the Predators on Wednesday, Sillinger will be wearing his 11th different jersey. That's a lot of moving.

Here's his career path, in a nutshell: Detroit ► Anaheim ► Vancouver ► Philadelphia ► Tampa Bay ► Florida ► Ottawa ► Columbus ► Phoenix ► St. Louis ► Nashville

That's almost a tour of Bettman's expansion project, no?

The thing is, most players who are dealt so often are borderline NHLers, players who don't really contribute much beyond playing a third-line role. In Sillinger's case, and more so this year than in the past, he's been a pretty good player. Heck, this year he's been fantastic, and is sitting in 22nd in league scoring with 22 goals in 48 games — a 38-goal pace. Barring a broken leg in the near future, he'll surpass his career high of 23 goals at age 34.

OK, enough about that. I can think of three players who played with 10 different teams — Sillinger being one of them. Michel Petit and J.J. Daigneault both had whirlwind trips around the league, but I'm curious if my readers know any other members of this group. I trust they do.

As for Sillinger, not only are the Predators getting a great player, but also a great guy. I remember when Sillinger scored a hat trick in the 2004 playoffs, and it was revealed that, after 14 seasons and more than 800 games, it was his first one.
"My little boys told me they wanted me to score a hat trick and my wife laughed,'' Sillinger said. "She goes, 'If he ever gets a hat trick we'll fill the house with balloons.'

"We'll be filling the house with balloons when I get back and see them in Phoenix and hopefully it won't be for a while."
Good stuff. It should be noted that his family was in Phoenix at the time while he was with the Blues — the result of another late-season deal.

Good luck in Nashville, Mike. Until you're a free agent in the off-season, that is.

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6 Comments:

At 8:58 AM, January 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe something went right over my head, but "good luck Steve?" It's Mike, isn't it?

 
At 10:39 AM, January 30, 2006, Anonymous pete said...

I know Housley and Coffey moved a round a lot more than one would imagine, considering how good they both were in their primes.

Coffey played on at least 6 teams that I can remember (EDM, PIT, DET, PHI, CAR and BOS)

I bet Housley was even more motile. Eight teams, maybe? Nine?

Hmmm....I'm trying to do this without surfing to the exhaustive hockey stats website that dares not speak its name.

 
At 12:33 PM, January 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent Ashton came pretty close at eight teams (Vancouver, Colorado/New Jersey, Minnesota, Quebec, Detroit, Winnipeg, Boston, Calgary.)

 
At 1:35 PM, January 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a chance that Sillinger will be playing for a different team next year as well. Who knows if Nashville will bring him back.

Paul Coffey also played for Hartford and Chicago.

Housley played for Buffalo, Winniperg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Calgary again, Chicago and Toronto.

 
At 1:36 AM, January 31, 2006, Blogger VK said...

10-jersey club

Sillinger - 11
Petit - 10
Daigneault - 10
Dollas - 10

 
At 9:11 AM, February 02, 2006, Anonymous nerv said...

Player Name -- YEAR1 -- YEAR2 -- Seasons -- Franch. in Career -- Trade in midsesoan
========================================================
Sillinger Mike -- 1990-91 -- 2005-06 -- 15 -- 11 -- 8
Daigneault J.J. -- 1984-85 -- 2000-01 -- 16 -- 10 -- 5
Petit Michel -- 1982-83 -- 1997-98 -- 16 -- 10 -- 5
Cummins Jim -- 1991-92 -- 2003-04 -- 12 -- 9 -- 4
Dollas Bobby -- 1983-84 -- 2000-01 -- 16 -- 9 -- 3
Hrkac Tony -- 1986-87 -- 2002-03 -- 13 -- 9 -- 4
Ledyard Grant -- 1984-85 -- 2001-02 -- 18 -- 9 -- 5
Miller Kevin -- 1988-89 -- 2003-04 -- 13 -- 9 -- 4
Simpson Reid -- 1991-92 -- 2003-04 -- 12 -- 9 -- 2
Marchment Bryan -- 1988-89 -- 2005-06 -- 17 -- 9 -- 4

Ashton Brent -- 1979-80 -- 1992-93 -- 14 -- 8 -- 4
Bergevin Marc -- 1984-85 -- 2003-04 -- 20 -- 8 -- 4
Coffey Paul -- 1980-81 -- 2000-01 -- 21 -- 8 -- 4
Crossman Doug -- 1980-81 -- 1993-94 -- 14 -- 8 -- 3
Diduck Gerald -- 1984-85 -- 2000-01 -- 17 -- 8 -- 3
Donato Ted -- 1991-92 -- 2003-04 -- 13 -- 8 -- 4
Hammond Ken -- 1984-85 -- 1992-93 -- 9 -- 8 -- 3
Hawgood Greg -- 1987-88 -- 2001-02 -- 12 -- 8 -- 3
Hillman Larry -- 1954-55 -- 1972-73 -- 19 -- 8 -- 2
Hogue Benoit -- 1987-88 -- 2001-02 -- 15 -- 8 -- 6
Housley Phil -- 1982-83 -- 2002-03 -- 21 -- 8 -- 2
Mckenzie Jim -- 1989-90 -- 2003-04 -- 15 -- 8 -- 3
Miller Kip -- 1990-91 -- 2003-04 -- 12 -- 8 -- 2
Norton Jeff -- 1987-88 -- 2001-02 -- 15 -- 8 -- 7
Quinn Dan -- 1983-84 -- 1996-97 -- 14 -- 8 -- 4
Ramage Rob -- 1979-80 -- 1993-94 -- 15 -- 8 -- 3
Skalde Jarrod -- 1990-91 -- 2001-02 -- 9 -- 8 -- 2
Tugnutt Ron -- 1987-88 -- 2003-04 -- 16 -- 8 -- 3
Ulanov Igor -- 1991-92 -- 2005-06 -- 13 -- 8 -- 5
Dowd Jim -- 1991-92 -- 2005-06 -- 14 -- 8 -- 2
Odelein Lyle -- 1989-90 -- 2005-06 -- 16 -- 8 -- 3
Bouchard Joel -- 1994-95 -- 2005-06 -- 8 -- 2 -- 11

 

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