Sergei Samsanov is one former Bruins forward I know many fans miss. He’s currently an unsigned UFA. After time with the Habs, BlackHawks, and Oilers he settled in for a three and a half year stay with the Canes before being dealt to the Panthers. Apparently, guys like Thomas Kopecky, Dan Carcillo, and Benoit Pouliot are more valuable than someone like Samsanov who has averaged more points per game than Ryan Kesler. Surely this undermines the popular perception that a large percentage of the general managers in the NHL are idiots.
Byron Bitz is on the disabled list with a sports hernia that caused him to miss all of last season for the Florida Panthers. This season he’s keeping the Canucks medical staff busy. In his last game on March 27, 2010 he had a line of 0-0-0 with 0 shots on goal, and a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins like 0% faceoff rate.
Joe Thornton who has finally gotten people in the media to realize that he can’t carry a team himself, is off to a slow start with 0-0-0 -1 line to start the season in San Jose. To be fair, his face off winning percentages are obscene through three games: 73.7, 82.7 and 62.5, perhaps he’s saving spare wins to send to the CBC’s latest darling in Edmonton for Christmas?
Brad Stuart is perhaps the best former Bruins defenseman still playing in the NHL, or like Detroit’s goalies perhaps he’s just being carried by a good team. Not exactly known for his offense the soon to be thirty-two year old has still managed to put up good numbers in the playoffs, and tolerate being called Junior by most of the Red Wings roster.
Derek Morris was highly unproductive in for the Phoenix Coyotes in the playoffs last year. Fortunately for him his “out with an injury” excuse left him a much better reason for it than the guys who were on the ice. Despite only playing 58 games for Boston he was pretty productive here before being sent back to the desert where he look up to see Paul Bissionette waiving at him from the pressbox every night.
Former Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft enjoyed what can be called a renaissance the last two seasons and has been quietly going from full time punchline to part time plugger. Interestingly enough he seems to thrive in mediocre teams, which probably means he’s int he right place for the next year or two.