Another who’s who here today and a grand total of 9 players, not a single one more than 3 seasons. Let’s get to know the wearers of the 28 before we get an easy choice tomorrow.
The Avs GM traded goalie Stephane Fiset for his own son right after the first Stanley Cup season. Lacroix played 2 seasons and a handful of games before being traded back to Los Angeles for a minor leaguer at the start of the 98-99 season. That’s cold. He ended up with 34 goals and 67 points in 170 games for the Avs.
After retiring he became the Avs Video Coach for one season before being promoted, again by his father, to Director of Hockey Operations for a few years. After 4 years away he returned as VP of Hockey Ops for another 4 years before leaving in the pre-Sakic/Roy era purge.
Reinprecht joined the Avs in another trade with the Kings, this one involving Rob Blake at the deadline in 2001. So he’s a Cup-Winner, congrats! He ended up being traded to Buffalo after the 2003 season. Tale of the tape: 40 goals, 104 points in 165 games plus 20 points in another 50 playoff games.
The Avs added Worrell’s grit for his final NHL season in 2003-4 in a trade with Florida that sent Eric Messier and Vaclav Nederost the other way. He played 49 games, got in lots of fights and ended up with 179 PIMs. At least he had 4 points though.
The Avs signed minor-league journeyman Guite in 2006 and he stayed for three years before leaving for Nashville in Free Agency. He played 168 games in Burgundy racking up 19 goals and 45 points and even got a playoff goal in 2008.
Koci was a Free Agent facepuncher that like so many finished his NHL career up with the Avs starting in 2009. He played 78 games over two seasons, scored two goals, one of which was off his ass, and had a respectable 80 PIMs. Times were so desperate at one point the Avs even used him as a defenseman. Fun!
Linstrom kicked around North America at various times between 2005 and 2015. One of his stops was with the Avs for a month or two at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. He had a few points but didn’t really fit so he left.
Carey was drafted by the Avs in the 5th round 2007. After a 4-year college career at BC he turned pro in 2013 and was a solid AHLer and useful as NHL depth before getting traded to the B’s in 2015. This is one guy I wish the Avs had kept but alas we really needed Jordan Caron.
Although he prefers 32, Aggz ended up in the #28 for the 15-16 season where he nabbed a couple of assists in 9 games. He is technically still the holder of the #28 as far as I know but hasn’t suited up for the Avs in two years.
Another project D that didn’t work out, Wiercioch and former DU teammate Joe Colborne both signed with the Avs the Summer before all hell broke loose. He played 57 games but didn’t really catch the eye of Jared Bednar and Nolan Pratt. He moved on to the Canucks AHL club in Utica this past season and will play in the KHL in 18-19.
We’re really reaching here when Steve Reinprecht is the easiest choice to make, what’s your take? Who wore #28 best?[qsm quiz=63]