3 — Different teams that Chris Pronger helped to the Stanley Cup Finals. He won it all with the 2007 Ducks; he lost in the finals with the 2006 Oilers and 2010 Flyers. In all three of those years, Pronger was new to the team. So he joins, they go to the finals. And yes, all three of those teams have struggled to replace him. The Oilers haven’t even been back to the playoffs since he left.
7 — Times Nicklas Lidstrom was awarded the Norris Trophy. If that doesn’t say “dominant defenseman of his generation,” nothing does. The only other defenseman to be recognized more was Bobby Orr, who won the Norris eight times. (Doug Harvey also won it seven times.)
2 — Times Sergei Fedorov won the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward. Wayne Gretzky never won a Selke. Nor did Mario Lemieux. Sidney Crosby hasn’t won it. Neither has Alex Ovechkin. And as everyone knows, Fedorov was no defensive specialist. When he won his first Selke in 1994, he finished second to Gretzky in scoring. The Great One had 130 points; Fedorov had 10 fewer. But it was the two-way Fedorov who was awarded the Hart Trophy.
1,232 — Career points by Phil Housley. No American defenseman has come within 200 points of that total. Heck, only one American-born forward has more points than that: Mike Modano, with 1,374. Housley scored at least 60 points in each of his first 11 seasons, from 1982-1993. He nearly cracked 100 points in 92-93 with the Jets, falling only three points shy. Only three defenseman — Orr, Paul Coffey, and Brian Leetch — have ever had more assists in a single season than Housley had (79) that year.