During our weekly XM Radio chat today, Jim "Boomer" Gordon lamented the fact that Mark Recchi won't be able to rock the No. 8 with his new team, the Boston Bruins, because they retired it for Sea Bass.
So Recchi will wear No. 28 with the Bruins, attempting to eclipse the memories of Andre Savage, Jamie Huscroft and Reed Larson in the minds of B's fans.
Boomer struck a nerve. Remember back on NHL '96 when you'd try and make a trade for some star, it goes through and then you have to adjust the dude's classically accepted jersey number because some schmoe's already wearing it on your roster? If you were obsessively compulsive as we were, then you probably went through the trouble of releasing the schmoe and redoing the trade just to maintain digital integrity.
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Besides Recchi, there are a few notable players who are changing numbers after changing teams. Foremost is Olli Jokinen, who has worn No. 12 with the Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes for nearly a decade. There's a fellow on the Calgary Flames that's already wearing No. 12 and will have it hanging from the rafters one day. So according to the Flames' official site roster, Jokinen will wear No. 21 with the Flames. The 'ole fliperoo!
26 Erik Christensen (16 with Pittsburgh, 9 with Atlanta)
17 Petteri Nokelainen (29 with Boston)
34 James Wisniewski (43 with Chicago)
28 Mark Recchi (8 with Tampa, Philly and Pittsburgh)
23 Steve Montador (5 with Anaheim; 7 with Florida)
Recchi you know about with Cam Neely. But Aubrey "Dit" Clapper has No. 5 retired, and Phil Esposito has No. 7, of course.
21 Olli Jokinen (12 with Florida and Phoenix)
40 Jordan Leopold (6 with Calgary, 44 with Colorado)
Olli has the Jarome issue; Jordan comes to a team that still has Rhett Warrener as No. 44 and Cory Sarich as No. 6.
26 Erik Cole (26 with Edmonton and Carolina)
26 Samuel Pahlsson (26 with Anaheim)
Columbus Blue Jackets
50 Antoine Vermette (20 with Ottawa)
Kristian Huselius wears No. 20 for the BJs; Vermette joins Rick Nash, Jakub Voracek, Huselius, Jared Boll, Chris Gratton, Rostislav Klesla and Ole-Kristian Tollefsen as players who wear numbers 40 and above.
11 Brendan Morrison (7 with Anaheim and Vancouver)
Neal Broten's No. 7 is retired by the franchise.
21 Ales Kotalik (12 with Buffalo)
19 Patrick O'Sullivan (12 with Los Angeles)
Robert Nilsson wears No. 12 for the Oilers, affecting two players.
New York Rangers
80 Nik Antropov (80 with Toronto)
53 Derek Morris (53 with Phoenix)
13 Daniel Carcillo (13 with Phoenix)
13 Bill Guerin (13 with the Islander and 80 other teams)
27 Craig Adams (28 with Chicago)