The reality of professional sports nowadays is the fact that players come and go and travel around the league like never before. In many ways this is good as teams can rebuild more quickly and fan bases are exposed to a larger quantity of talent. Another positive, especially this time of year, is that fans can follow the success of players that used to call that fan's favorite team home. Such is the case for Phoenix Coyotes fans today.
Four former Yotes will compete for the Stanley Cup beginning on Wednesday night. Whether one has a rooting interest or not, keep an eye out for these ex- Desert Dogs over the next couple weeks.
Michal Rozsival (CHI - Defense): The most recent ex-Coyote on this list now calls Chicago home. The 34-year-old recorded his first ever playoff point in game five when he assisted on Duncan Keith's first period goal. Rozsival spent parts of two seasons in Arizona, recording four goals and 19 points in 87 games. His most infamous moment with the team may be the injury he suffered in Game five of the Western Conference Finals, prompting FFH's Ben Shroyer to create this video.
Daniel Carcillo (CHI - Forward): The man best known for his fists began his NHL career in the Desert, and made a name for himself as a fighter (including the occasional one-punch knock out). Carcillo has played in only four of Chicago's playoff games thus far, but he may find his way on the ice at least once in this series. The 28-year-old played 129 games with Phoenix recording 20 goals and 41 points while accumulating 572 penalty minutes.
Dennis Seidenberg (BOS - Defense): A mainstay alongside Zdeno Chara on Boston's blueline over the last couple years, the Schwenningen, West Germany native spent halves of two seasons with the Coyotes. Between the second half of the 2005-2006 season and the first half of the 2006-2007 season, Seidenberg scored two goals and 13 points in 66 games. Everyone watching the Cup Final will see a whole lot of the 6' 1" defenseman.
Michal Handzus (CHI - Forward): In his second stint in Chicago, Handzus has worked his way into the top-six during the Blackhawks' playoff run. The 6' 4" center is the only player on this list to play in America West Arena as a Coyote. Handzus played 89 games in Phoenix recording 19 goals and 53 points. He was off to Philadelphia before Jobing.com Arena opened its doors but long-time Coyotes fans will still remember his contributions.
While all Coyotes fans hope their team will be playing for the Cup very soon, some can rejoice that at least one ex-Coyote will have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup in 2013.