Phil Posted August 27, 2019 Share Posted August 27, 2019 In other words, which two teams could produce the best starting lineup entirely out of players who played for both of them? This idea comes to me from a reader who pointed out a weird fact: You could build an entire 20-man roster just using players who played for the Islanders and the Oilers within a few years of each other. That seems like an extreme example, but we can certainly find a few combos that will give us a strong starting six. So let?s do that. Come on, it?s not like you wanted to work today. As always, let?s lay out some ground rules: ? For each combo, we?re looking to build a six-man starting roster of players who played for both franchises. That means a minimum of one game ? players who were technically acquired but never suited up do not count. ? We want each lineup to have three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie, but other than that position doesn?t matter. ? Here?s the important part that will mess up the people who don?t read it: For these rosters, you get credit for everything a player did on those two teams only. That doesn?t mean that a player had to have been a superstar for both teams ? Gordie Howe only scored 15 NHL goals in Hartford, but he?d did still be a monster for a Whalers/Red Wings tag team. But Eric Lindros on a Leafs/Stars team? Not great. A few examples from DGB to get us started: Flyers/Penguins Forwards: Jaromir Jagr, Mark Recchi, John Leclair Defensemen: Paul Coffey, Kjell Samuelsson Goaltender: Ken Wregget Canucks/Panthers Forwards: Pavel Bure, Todd Bertuzzi, Igor Larionov Defensemen: Ed Jovanoski, Bret Hedican Goaltender: Roberto Luongo Oilers/Rangers Forwards: Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri Defensemen: Kevin Lowe, Jeff Beukeboom Goaltender: Cam Talbot https://theathletic.com/1163439/2019/08/27/down-goes-brown-which-two-nhl-franchises-would-hold-the-leagues-tag-team-championship/ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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