Eric Belanger wasn't well liked in the locker room in Carolina, nor did he like the role he was playing here. It's weird because I've never heard of him being an issue before or since his time here. Guess he just didn't like being stuck behind Staal and Brind'Amour each playing 20ish minutes a game apiece.
Heatley wasn't a cancer, he was well liked before he asked for a trade. Richards and Carter were also well liked, good dudes, Holmgren just wanted to get a crisper, more focused group. Richards wouldn't have been dealt, I guarantee, if he wasn't captain. They would have loved to keep him as an A even, but stripping him of the C would just cause too much of a rift. Richards has to mature a little before he becomes a teams leader, but by all accounts he is a good guy, gets along with everyone, and is someone who would still be one of Phillys most important players in a perfect world. I know less regarding Carter but Richards certainly wasn't dealt because he was a cancer.
Rhett Warrener did a segment on the FAN960 and was pretty honest about Phaneuf. He said that Dion was a distraction in the dressing room who refused to work on his defensive game. The two vets (Warrener and Regehr) tried to help him but he flat out was not interested in developing his defensive game. As long as he was scoring, he didn't care.
He didn't bring up specific examples (obviously, that's the kind of guy Rhett is) but I think we got a general idea of what Dion was like in the Flames dressing room.
You're mixing up two ideas. Lemieux was by all accounts a great teammate, he was disliked in other team's locker rooms, and understandably so. A locker room cancer would be some who divides his own team. There have been plenty of rumors, usually around young stars who have been traded inexplicably. Richards, Phaneuf, etc. But there's no real confirmation outside of the rumor mill.
Pretty much this
I mean the guy was on 4 cup winning teams.....how much of a cancer could he have been?
Not sure about elsewhere but I know that Pronger wasn't well-liked in the Oilers' dressing room.
Pronger was loved in St Louis, Anaheim and is loved and considered as the best leader in the locker room in Philadelphia. He had issues with Edmonton and Hartford. In Edmonton, I guess he just didn't fit, and he asked for a trade, in Hartford, well he was like 18.
Not to be a huge homer here but from what I've heard Heatley is a great guy in the lockerroom. Talking to some San Jose fans they had nothing but good things to say about how Heatley behaves in the lockerroom. It's all the trade stuff that makes him seem like a bad teammate and of course the Dan Snyder incident that makes him look like a bad person.
I didn't know they let fans in to the locker room. Unless you mean that you were talking to the locker rooms cooling devices.
cuz that would be weird...
I have no clue who is on the Bruins, they have a pretty great locker room with guys like Looch, Thornton, Ference, etc. I hope Pouliot isn't he just seems like that kind of guy. Probably because he was a Hab.
Any Habs/Wild fans know anything about him in the locker room?