With the addition of a slew of new members to the Dallas Stars roster, it was inevitable some of the tried and true, and even seemingly untouchable, jersey numbers would change hands.
Perhaps the most earth-shattering change was the near-supersonic trade of former captain Brenden Morrow’s No. 10. As if it wasn’t hard enough to see a long-loved and adored player head to another team in the middle of the season (and make it to the Conference Finals in another sweater,) the post-haste passing off of the old number seemed a bit crude and careless. But time marches on, and so does the No. 10, which will take its place on the back of Shawn Horcoff, who wore the number with the Oilers.
Almost as hard as seeing the 10 go is seeing the 21 go. Loui Eriksson was more than just a fan favorite, he was an individual this team relied on. Sure he struggled post-lockout, but so did Jamie Benn, Erik Cole and every other winger desperately in need of a strong center to play off of. The pain of having to watch the nameplate change above such an esteemed number was lessened a bit when it was disclosed it would be on the back of a current member of the Stars roster. Top it off with the fact that Roussel stated he’d pay for the change of number on jerseys bearing his previous number 60, and a new 21 may be bearable.
Next was the passing of 91. Love or hate Brad Richards, it’s hard to deny his skill and talent; especially when he closed out the 2010-2011 season with Dallas atop the roster with 77 points. But Richards’ performance has seemed to wane lately with the Rangers, and could explain the less-than-raucous uproar in seeing his number passed on to young rock star Tyler Seguin. Richards has been gone for a couple years, and as such wasn’t even around when the newest group of Stars fans flocked to the AAC.
Personally, the hardest number to watch go was 24. Yes it’ll be on the back of a member of the previous Stars roster, but it’s hard to replace a Nystrom; even if you’re doing it with a Benn.
Which do you think was the most controversial jersey change of the season?