Oh hey, I remember that guy…

Jiri Slegr’s Twelve Oaks Glamour Shot – circa 1993.

With the San Jose Sharks signing former Red Wing prospect Danny Groulx this afternoon, it got me thinking… where are all those other “that guy”s? Groulx never got into a game with the Wings, so he’s in the same echelon of “former Wings” as Tomas Fleischmann and Shawn Matthias (who are playing with the Capitals and Panthers).

The following list is all the players that played at least one game for the Red Wings and are still active players. I’ve excluded players that didn’t play this past season, mostly because I figured that means that they’ve hung up their skates (I’m looking at you, Brad Norton).

If no details are given (like the year they departed), their final NHL team was the Red Wings.

IN THE NHL
  • Sean Avery, F, New York Rangers, traded to Los Angeles in 2003 as part of the Mathieu Schneider deal.
  • Ty Conklin, G, St. Louis Blues, signed as a free agent in 2009.
  • Matt Ellis, F, Buffalo Sabres, claimed off of waivers by Los Angeles in 2008.
  • Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks, signed as a free agent in 2009.
  • Mike Knuble, F, Washington Capitals, signed with the Rangers as a free agent in 1998.
  • Tomas Kopecky, F, Chicago Blackhawks, signed as a free agent in 2009.
  • Vyacheslav Kozlov, F, Atlanta Thrashers, traded to Buffalo in 2001 as part of the Dominik Hasek deal.
  • Kyle Quincey, D, Colorado Avalanche, claimed off of wavers by Los Angeles in 2008.
  • Mikael Samuelsson, F, Vancouver Canucks, signed as a free agent in 2009.
  • Garrett Stafford, F, Dallas Stars, signed as a free agent in 2008.
  • Aaron Ward, D, Boston Bruins, signed with Carolina as a free agent in 2001.
  • Ray Whitney, F, Carolina Hurricanes, signed as a free agent in 2005.

CURRENT FREE AGENTS

  • Todd Bertuzzi, F, most recently with the Calgary Flames, where he signed as a free agent in 2007.
  • Kyle Calder, F, most recently with the Los Angeles Kings, where he signed as a free agent in 2007.
  • Chris Chelios, D, most recently with the Detroit Red Wings, departed as a free agent in 2009.
  • Matheiu Dandenault, D, most recently with the Montreal Canadiens, where he signed as a free agent in 2005.
  • Boyd Devereaux, F, most recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs, was signed by Phoenix as a free agent in 2005.
  • Aaron Downey, F, most recently with the Detroit Red Wings, departed as a free agent in 2009.
  • Anders Eriksson, D, most recently with the Calgary Flames, was traded to Chicago in 1999 as part of the Chris Chelios deal.
  • Curtis Joseph, G, most recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs, was signed by Phoenix as a free agent in 2005.
  • Robert Lang, F, most recently with the Montreal Canadiens, was signed by Chicago as a free agent in 2008.
  • Manny Legace, G, most recently of the St. Louis Blues, where he signed as a free agent in 2006.
  • Jason MacDonald, G, most recently with the New York Islanders, was claimed off of waivers by Boston in 2007.
  • Darren McCarty, F, most recently with the Detroit Red Wings, departed as a free agent in 2009.
  • Jamie Rivers, D, most recently with the Chicago Wolves, was traded to Phoenix in 2006.
  • Mathieu Schneider, D, most recently with the Montreal Canadiens, was signed by Anaheim as a free agent in 2008.
  • Brendan Shanahan, F, most recently with the New Jersey Devils, was signed by the Rangers as a free agent in 2006.
  • Mike Sillinger, F, most recently with the New York Islanders, was traded to Anaheim in 1995 as part of the Stu Grimson deal.
  • Jason Williams, F, most recently with the Columbus Blue Jackets, was traded to Chicago in 2007 in a three-way deal that brought Kyle Calder to Detroit.

IN THE KHL

  • Yuri Butsayev, F, originally departed by trade to Atlanta in 2002 as part of the Jiri Slegr deal.
  • Dmitri Bykov, D
  • Sergei Fedorov, F, originally departed in 2003 when he signed with Anaheim as a free agent.
  • Mark Hartigan, F
  • Ladislav Kohn, F, originally departed in 2002 when he signed with Calgary as a free agent.
  • Maxim Kuznetsov, D, originally departed by trade to Los Angeles in 2003 as part of the Mathieu Schneider deal.
  • Marc Lamothe, G
  • Danny Markov, D

ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE
  • Darryl Bootland, F, playing in Austria, originally depated in 2007 when he signed with the Islanders as a free agent.
  • Matt Hussey, F, playing in Germany, originally departed in 2007 when he signed with Nashville as a free agent.
  • Josh Langfeld, F, playing in Germany, originally deptarted in 2007 when he signed with Colorado as a free agent.
  • Donald MacLean, F, playing in Sweden, originally departed in 2006 when he signed with Phoenix as a free agent.
  • Norm Maracle, G, playing in Germany, originally departed in 1999 when he signed with Atlanta as a free agent.
  • Mark Mowers, F, playing in Switzerland, originally departed in 2006 when he signed with Boston as a free agent.
  • Nathan Robinson, F, playing in Germany, originally departed in 2005 when he signed with Boston as a free agent.
  • Stacey Roest, F, playing in Switzerland.
  • Jiri Slegr, D, playing in the Czech Republic.

MINOR PRO
  • Philippe Audet, F, playing in the LNAH (Quebec).

2 thoughts on “Oh hey, I remember that guy…”

  1. Thank you!

    My biggest "OH YEAH!" moments were Dmitri Bykov and Donald MacLean.

    And I'm halfway bummed about Nathan Robinson – I liked him a lot. Little guy, speedy as hell.

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