Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dave Andreychuk

Sent: 9/2/11
Received: 9/13/11
Time: 11 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1984-85 Topps, 1991-92 Score Canadian, 1991-92 Topps, 1991-92 Upper Deck
Item Received: 1984-85 Topps, 1991-92 Score Canadian, 1991-92 Topps, 1991-92 Upper Deck.  All signed in black Sharpie.

For nearly two decades, Dave Andreychuk was a constant on "most underrated players in the NHL" lists.  He spent his first 10 1/2 seasons in Buffalo, almost always overshadowed by another star.  First the great Gilbert Perrault, then Pierre Turgeon, and finally Pat LaFontaine and Alex Mogilny.  Still, he put up seven 30 goal season for the Sabres, and two 40 goal years.  Dealt to the Maple Leafs midway through the 1992-93 season, just in time for the oh-so-close Toronto resurgence of the early '90s, he put up back-to-back 99 point seasons (his career high).  He moved on to New Jersey, where the Devils first two Stanley Cups came the year before he arrived and the year after he left.  Continuing to chase the elusive Cup, he moved on to brief stints in Boston and Colorado, and returned to Buffalo for one year before signing with the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning.  Finally, in 2004, 40-year old captain Dave Andreychuk hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time by helping to lead the young Lightning to one of the most surprising championships of the last decade.  Next stop: Hall of Fame.

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