Of course, we mean this in a mostly tongue in cheek fashion, but with Jeff Tambellini’s demotion today to Winnipeg despite scoring twice in his limited time with the Sedins you have to wonder.
The first winger to achieve decent chemistry back when the twins were just fuzzy faced boys was Trent Klatt. After said success, Klatt had a personal chauffeur, Brian Burke, drive him to the airport as he chased more money and respect in LA only to have his career end one year later.
After Klatt, came Magnus Arvedson. Coming from Ottawa as a two way winger capable of 15 to 20 goals per season, Arvedson was supposed to be a perfect fit to join his Swedish brethren, but it never worked and he (while ending his NHL career that season) was replaced quickly by Jason King. King came from nowhere (we mean Newfoundland) and after scoring early and often with the Sedins was back in the AHL before the season was over and has since played a grand total of 4 NHL games.
And, of course, no one can forget everyone’s favourite Sedin brother, Anson Carter, who racked up an incredible season only to think that he was solely responsible for it chasing better money out of town and in less than one season was out of the NHL.
After Carter, the winger to get the most Sedin ice time was one Markus Naslund. During his mostly two years with twins he racked up paltry goal and assist totals compared to what he had done in the previous 5 seasons. And, of course, the supposed Canuck icon left town shortly thereafer for one final mediocre season in New York.
The next chosen child was Steve Bernier, who arrived in town as a still highly prized prospect. The big man with the right hand shot that would so easily pull an “Anson Carter” did not. In fact, the experiment was short lived. And after 2 seasons here, mostly as a third liner, he was shipped to hockey purgatory in Florida.
And you might remember Sergei Shirokov, last season’s training camp darling who began the season as the designated right hand power play shooter with the Sedins. 6 games and no points later, he, too, was off to Winnipeg and hasn’t been seen since.
But what about Alex Burrows? With the Sedins at his side, he’s evolved from grinding winger to sniping sister right? Yes, but after being an ironman since his arrival here 5 seasons ago he has now had to battle through a shoulder problem, making his return tonight while Tambellini makes his way to the Moose.
Let’s hope that Burrows is the exception to what has been a mostly miserable rule.