K. Lee has been doing an excellent series of blogs regarding the Sens all time team, and a lot of people have followed suit and posted their own all time teams full of the best players. It got me thinking that yeah, a team with Lecavlier, Crosby and Heatley would be nice, but it's been done. Therefore, I've decided to come up with the team that would draw the most penalty minutes and be the most hated and vile spectacle on the ice since the days of the Chiefs.
So, here is my list of the best "disturbers" in the NHL. The anger level in me rises just thinking about it.
For criteria, I'm only using current players. Pardon my biases if they do pop up, trying to keep them under control. I'm not talking fighters here eithe by the way. I'm probably going to miss a few names so if you have any additions please feel free to comment. I thought about putting names like Bertuzzi and Holmstrom on there (Holmstrom just for how good he is at bothering goalies and defencemen) but in the end decided to leave them off.
Neil, Chris - Ask a Sabres fan and they'll tell you why
Cooke, Matt - Is good at what he does.
Perry, Corey - Still convinced the reason that Luongo missed some of that playoff overtime was a Perry slash on his forearm.
Ott, Steve - Bangs, hits etc. Oddly enough, ex Windsor Spitfire number 2.
Tootoo, Jordin - Goes out and runs people, good at what he does though.
Cam Janssen - I tried not to include strictly fighters, but I figured the Kaberle incident was reason enough to include him. (Ex Spitfire number 3.)
Ruutu, Jarkko - He can just look at somebody and they'll be off their game.
Avery, Sean - do I need to explain?
Armstrong, Colby - Has a knack for casually bumping goaltenders. Getting better under the tutelage of J. Ruutu.
Peters, Andrew- More of a fighter BUT, if you fight a goalie you can be on the list.
Tucker, Darcy - Has actually become less of a disturber over time as he's been relied on to score goals for the Leafs. Probably the most hated person on ice according to Sens fans.
Simon, Chris- after his season ended, a bidding war ensued for his services between the NY Islanders and Northland Lumberjacks.
Pronger, Chris - Hugely talented but can throw the occasional dirty play out there with the best of them. Also managed to piss off all of Edmonton and Ottawa within a year. THAT is talent.
Orpik, Brooks THese two are capable of throwing out some pretty senseless moves. Toronto fans will be better able to explain this than me.
Sutton, Andy. Big, mean, what's with the amount of Thrashers? (current or ex.)
Hatcher, Derian: Just for being a Hatcher.
Chelios, Chris; exhibit A; 1 hotel room in Nagano. Exhibit B; see the only guy I remember seeing skip the team handshakes.
Goalies: Emery - Eat a cockroach, fight a tough guy, slash a guy in the face=the list.
Backup - Belfour: Still active until he officialy leaves. Will offer millions to not get arrested.
honourable mention; Havlat, Martin. One of the most skilled guys around, also kicked a guy in the crotch. Not a true $%&@ disturber but, that's why he only gets an honourable mention.*
There you have my team. One can only imagine the poor referees who would have to do their games and the amount of skirmishes they'd have to break up. I'm sure I left some people off, just can't remember at the moment. If you have any additions or substractions, feel free to let me know.
*(usage of term honourable is done so loosely.)
points to the first person who posts: "you should have just written [insert team name here]"