Four Carolina Hurricanes who were on the wrong side of the 2006 Finals

RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 04: Marc-Andre Bergeron #47 of the Carolina Hurricanes moves the puck against his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, during play at PNC Arena on April 4, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 04: Marc-Andre Bergeron #47 of the Carolina Hurricanes moves the puck against his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, during play at PNC Arena on April 4, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Jesse Boulerice with the Carolina Hurricanes
Jesse Boulerice, Carolina Hurricanes (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Also of note

There are a couple of players who spent time in both organizations during this span, though neither suited up for the finals.  I want to be a completist, so I’m adding them.  Plus, they each played a part in big trades for the Hurricanes.

Jesse Boulerice—who played 150 of his 172 NHL games with the Hurricanes—dressed for 26 games with Carolina during the 2005-06 season, racking up 64 penalty minutes.  On January 30, 2006, Boulerice was part of the trade that brought Doug Weight to the Hurricanes.

Fast forward to November of 2008; Boulerice—under contract with the Colorado Avalance—was claimed off waivers by the Oilers.  He appeared in two games for Edmonton that month, being held off the score sheet.  It would be his last time on NHL ice.

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Then there’s Krys Kolanos.  Acquired by the Hurricanes in a trade that sent Pavel Brendl (remember him?) to Phoenix, Kolanos never played a game for Carolina.  Despite this, he did end up playing a big part in the Hurricanes’ championship season.

How?

On March 9, 2006, Kolanos was one of 3 pieces sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for veteran winger Mark Recchi.  How does he fit into the theme of this article?  Kolanos was waived by the Coyotes and picked up by the Oilers, for whom he went pointless in 6 games.  Five weeks later, Edmonton placed him on waivers and he was re-claimed by the Coyotes.  They, in turn, traded him to the Hurricanes 9 days later.

Ah, the circle of life.

What did you think of this list?  Were there any names that surprised you?  Do you remember Pavel Brendl?

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