I'm sure he deserved it. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
I was piddling around on Twitter the other day when the incomparable Chris Roberts of Litter Box Cats (@NoCoChris) took one of those hashtag games in a new direction. What had been #FavoritePlayerOnEachNHLTeam became #HatedPlayerOnEachNHLTeam. I loved it. And I realized that even though some of my choices would be easy (and those who know me will know without asking who's on my list), for most teams I'd have to think long and hard to find a player to "hate." Mostly it's not nearly that intense. And for some teams, I honestly don't think about them enough to even kinda dislike them.
This was, in other words, a challenge I couldn't resist. I mean it's August, right? What else to I have to do? Well, rather a lot, actually. So I'm putting it to you guys, the readers, to come to a consensus. I'll put my two cents in where I have an opinion. The rest is up to you.
The rules: there has to be at least one but no more than two players from each and every team, even the Lightning. The players don't have to be currently on that team's roster, but they have to have been there at least some part of last season, and the precipitating incident (if any) has to have happened while that player played for the team he's listed under. Got it?
St. Louis Blues--Despite watching the Blues play the Predators six times a year for the past ten years, no one really stands out as someone I'd hate.
Calgary Flames-- uhhh....
San Jose Sharks--riiiight.
Los Angeles Kings--???
Anaheim Ducks--See this is my problem. I'm obsessed with the Duckishness of the Damn Dirty Ducks and there's not enough room for real hatred of other teams. Out of all the damn Ducks, though, the worst are Corey @#$% Perry and Ryan "All Ye Are Fallen" Getzlaf.
New Jersey Devils--(see Minnesota Wild, above)
New York Islanders--who?
Ottawa Senators--what, now?
And now it's your turn, Bolts Nation. Of all the players in all the league, who are your most hated from each team?