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Players We Love to Hate

From ESPN, a collection of 100 athletes with a bit of a reputation problem.

The underachiever who always looks disinterested. The loudmouth who complains from Day 1. The choker who lets his team down when it matters most. These are the players who drive their fans nuts.  In honor of these boo magnets, I set out to find the 100 players most hated by their home fans during their playing days in that city.

Includes only seven NHL players, so that’s good news. For example:

52. Alexei Yashin, Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders: First, fans in Ottawa started calling him “Alexei Cashin” after the Russian star sat out an entire season trying to get a raise. Eight years later, the Islanders soured on him so badly that they bought out his contract for nearly $18 million just to make him go away.

more… (*scroll about halfway down the page for more hockey guys)

As you’ll see, it’s not the most complete list by any means. (I mean, how the hell does Sean Avery not qualify?!)

I’m pretty sure we can all think of a lot of other guys who might work out well on that list, too.

*thanks to David for the heads up

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

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