It’s jersey week across SB Nation, and while most of the posts have focused on the jerseys themselves, this one is going to look at the combination of the Bruins jersey and the player sporting it.
For sports fans, nothing seems more out of place than when you see a guy wearing a new uniform after playing for one team for so long or making such a strong impact for one organization.
It just straight-up looks weird.
For example, Bruins fans probably still think this looks strange:
Ray Bourque played in Boston for 21 years. 21 years!!!
During that time, he did everything possible for the Bruins, except win a Cup. Seeing him in a Colorado Avalanche jersey just looks wrong.
The Bruins are no stranger to having guys in their line-ups who you never thought would wear black and gold.
In fact, one might argue that Boston has, at times in the past, been a place where the careers of some greats have gone to figuratively die.
Here’s a list of players who just looked out of place in a Bruins uniform, guys who you may have even forgot laced ‘em up for the Bruins.
However, Coffey actually ended his career as a member of the Bruins after playing 18 games in the 2001-2002 season.
Speaking of NHL greats, Brian Leetch, winner of the Calder Trophy, the Conn Smythe Trophy, and two Norris Trophies, also finished up his career in Boston during the 2005-2006 NHL season.
The former New York Rangers legend recorded 32 points for the B’s before hanging ‘em up.
The Hall of Famer played 63 games before being traded to the Avalanche later in the year in exchange for a pretty good young player named Brian Rolston.
During the 2002-03 season, the Bruins used 4 different goaltenders (pretty mucha ll unsuccessfully) as back-ups for Andrew Raycroft.
In an attempt to secure that spot heading into the next season, the Bruins brought in Felix ‘the Cat’ Potvin in the twilight of his career.
Potvin wasn’t bad in that role, but that would be his last year in Boston and the NHL. Plus, he’s a Maple Leaf. Nothing else looks right.
Okay, you probably didn’t forget that Jagr played for the B’s during that run to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
But it’s still hard to believe that he wore the spoked B. While Jagr bounced around later in his career, it was still kind of surreal to see a living legend like Jagr wearing a Bruins jersey.
Gionta was a star at Boston College, but after spending so many years playing for the New Jersey Devils and the Montreal Canadiens, it was weird to see him in a Bruins jersey.
Gionta was Don Sweeney’s solution for bringing in some experience and leadership going into the 2017-2018 playoffs.
Gionta would play in 20 regular season games and one playoff game as the Bruins bowed out to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.
Continuing with the theme of guys who ended their careers in Boston, Simon Gagne, who forever broke Boston hearts by scoring the go-ahead goal in Game 7 for the Flyers in 2009-2010, played in 23 games for the Bruins in 2014-15.
He scored 3 goals and added an assist before ultimately calling it a career.
If you can remember that Craig Anderson dressed as a backup for Tim Thomas in 2006 for 6 games, then you have an amazing memory.
It wasn’t super weird at the time, as Anderson was still early in his career and had bounced around a bit. He never saw game action for the B’s.
Now that he has gone on to have a solid career, particularly as a member of the Ottawa Senators, it’s weird to see Anderson in a Bruins jersey.