Saturday, August 23, 2008

10 Big Sigs

Going into any hockey season, it's a pretty safe assumption that we'll add at least 300 to 400 autographs to the collection. Though I focus on pucks, we get quite a few cards signed, too. Toss in the occasional photo, stick, helmet or jersey and they add up real quick.

This season, however, is no different. Beyond adding to the quantity, selective requests (another term for cherry-picking) made to players on teams that frequent Tampa Bay will certainly add to the quality of the collection.

That's not to say, though, that I don't have a short list of items that I really want to get signed this season. And while I tried to limit it to 10, keeping in the spirit of the title, I resorted to counting by instances.

I hope you can forgive me.

No. 10: Montreal's Saku Koivu on the Canadiens' legends jersey

No. 9: Dallas' Brad Richards on a Stars puck

No. 8: San Jose's Dan Boyle on a Sharks puck

No. 7: A team-signed Boston Bruins jersey

No. 6: New Jersey's Martin Brodeur on a replica jersey

No. 5: Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby on Colin's #87 Penguins jersey

No. 4: Columbus' Rick Nash on Blue Jackets and Team Canada pucks

No. 3: Pucks from Chicago's Patrick Kane (Blackhawks, London Knights and Team USA) and Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks, Team Canada and University of North Dakota)

No. 2: Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Henrik Zetterberg on Red Wings pucks

No. 1: Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin (provided he stays), Columbus' Fredrik Modin (provided he stays healthy) and Toronto's Pavel Kubina on our Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup Champions items

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