With 16 deals involving 32 players, the 2011-12 NHL trade deadline featured plenty of number switches. Here’s a quick rundown of who will be wearing what heading into Tuesday’s play.
In a weird twist, Zack Kassian has opted for No. 9 — the same number Cody Hodgson (the guy Kassian was traded for) wore this season. Marc-Andre Gragnani will wear No. 5 (his Buffalo number, 17, is worn by Ryan Kesler) while Samuel Pahlsson will wear No. 26, a number he’s had since 2001.
Hodgson will wear No. 12 (Update: This was erroneously reported by NHL Network’s Brian Duff. Hodgson will wear No. 19) while Alex Sulzer will sport the No. 52 he wore as a Predator and Canuck.
T.J. Galiardi, who wore No. 39 in Colorado, will rock No. 37 with the Sharks (39 is property of Logan Couture). Daniel Winnik will retain the No. 34 he wore with the Avs and previously, the Coyotes.
No word on what number Jamie McGinn will wear. He’s probably free to keep his No. 64, though — he’d become the first-ever Avalanche player to wear it if he does.
New York Rangers
John Scott will wear No. 28 after donning No. 36 with Minnesota and, most recently, No. 32 with the Blackhawks.
Brian Rolston turned back the clock and chose No. 12, the same number he wore with the Bruins from 2000-04. (Note: the last Boston player to wear No. 12 was Tomas Kaberle…maybe it’s not too late for Rolston to switch.) Mike Mottau is wearing No. 27 like he did in New Jersey, while Greg Zanon is No. 6.
Johnny Oduya is wearing No. 27. His preferred number, 29 (which he wore in New Jersey, Atlanta and Winnipeg) is property of Bryan Bickell.
Matt Gilroy will continue to wear No. 97, becoming the highest jersey number in Senators history. Prior to Gilroy, the honor went to Stan Neckar (94), Mika Zibanejad (93), Alexandre Daigle (91) and Mike Comrie (89).
Brian Lee will wear No. 15, Keith Aulie No. 3 and Mike Commodore continues to disappoint his fans by refusing to wear No. 64 — instead, he’ll go with No. 23.
The Oilers Twitter feed says Nick Schultz will wear No. 15, becoming the 31st Oiler to wear that number — a long, illustrious list that includes Alex Tidey, Miroslav Frycer, Tomas Srsen and Joe Hulbig. For some reason, No. 15 has been out of circulation since Joffrey Lupul wore it in 2007.
Tom Gilbert had no problems retaining his No. 77. No Wild player has worn it since Lubomir Sekeras from 2001-03.
Andrei Kostitsyn keeps No. 46 (and, presumably, his AK-46 nickname) while Paul Gaustad keeps his No. 28.