Due to financial burdens of the Islanders, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 2000, breaking the hearts of loyal New York fans.Though his game continued to stay consistent, a shoulder injury in 2003 set him back, and it was that he struggled with for years, never fully recovering, thus becoming a “forgotten star.” Those who think Redden shouldn’t be considered a star at all, due to his statistic decline after 2007, forget that he was once a star defenseman and alternate captain of the Ottawa Senators in his 11 seasons with the franchise.In his first season with the NHL, as part of the Philadelphia Flyers, Cechmanek stole the spotlight and the starting goalie position from Brian Boucher.He ended up as the runner-up to the Vezina Trophy that year.In 2009, Dany asked for a trade after having personal issues with the new nead coach, Cory Clouston.He continued to slowly decline in productivity with his time on the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild.He was the joint recipient of the NHL Plus-Minus Award in 2006, and a career high of 50 points in one NHL season, incredible numbers for a defenseman.
Since his retirement from the NHL in 2009, Olaf Kolzig might be overshadowed by the current NHL greats, such as Corey Crawford and Carey Price, but in his prime, he was one of the shining stars of the NHL.
Some might best be recognized as “one-year wonders,” while others kept a steady pace in their prime.
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After an almost life-revoking injury the following season, Audette failed to ever fully recuperate his NHL game, and he retired in 2004.
As a New York Islander, Zigmund “Ziggy” Palffy first rose as a star when he scored 87 points in 81 games.
He was also the face of ES Sport’s NHL 2005, and widely involved in various philanthropic activities, such as co-founder of Icebreakers, an organization which raised money for sick and disabled children in his home town of Vasternorrland.