March 29, 2013 | 12:21pm ET
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com
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In honor of the Pittsburgh Penguins adding two of the
longest-tenured, single-franchise players in the league --
Brenden Morrow (835 games with Dallas) and Jarome Iginla
(1,219 games with Calgary) -- this week our fantasy focus is
going to be on the stars that haven't put on a second sweater
Like Stan Mikita and Steve Yzerman, these guys are
single-franchise players still. Each player on today's list
has only played an NHL game for one franchise, and their name
is followed by the number of games they have played for that
The Superstar: Patrick Elias, New Jersey (1,075 games)
Elias is having a fantastic season (29 points through 33
games), and will be needed in the absence of Ilya Kovalchuk.
The Devils are clinging to a playoff spot, and they'll need
their elder statesman to bring it in the coming week.
The Big Score: Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa (1,164)
Somehow the Sens are still in the middle of things for an
Eastern Conference playoff spot, and their captain has been
one of the few constants on the ice through this
injury-plagued season. With more injuries seeming to hit them
on a nightly basis, Alfredsson will have to lead the way into
The Sleeper: Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay (1,024)
After picking up 22 points in 26 games, Lecavalier has been on
the shelf for the last couple weeks with a broken foot.
However, he could return this week, and the new coaching staff
will need their veteran captain to produce for the Bolts to
have a shot at the postseason.
The Darkhorse: Shane Doan, Phoenix (1,232)
Will Doan follow the franchise to a third city? He's been one
of few offensive bright spots on an underwhelming Phoenix team
that, as of Friday, is on the outside of the playoff picture
in the Western Conference.
The Superstar: Duncan Keith, Chicago (592)
Only five active defensemen have played more games for one
franchise than Keith, who has bounced back with a strong
offensive season on the Blackhawks' blueline (20 points
entering Friday's action). As the Hawks chase the top seed in
the Western Conference, he'll continue to see big minutes.
The Big Score: Andrei Markov, Montreal (669)
Entering Friday, Markov is tied for fifth among all blue
liners with 22 points this season and continues to be the face
of the Habs to many fans. They're in a dog fight for the top
spot in the Northeast Division and will need Markov to
continue producing for them to stay on top.
The Sleeper: Chris Phillips, Ottawa (1,059)
The only defenseman in the league with over 1,000 games played
for a single franchise, Phillips has picked up his offensive
production as players around him have left the ice injured.
Six of his 10 points to date have come in March, and he'll
need to be right there with Alfredsson for the Sens to stay in
the mix in the Eastern Conference.
The Darkhorse: Barret Jackman, St. Louis (631)
While the young defensemen in St. Louis steal all the
headlines, Jackman is quietly having one of his better
offensive seasons; he has 10 points through 33 games after
posting only 13 in 81 games last year. The Blues are in a
battle to stay in the playoffs, and Jackman has been a big
reason they're on the right side of the eighth seed right now.
The Superstar: Martin Brodeur, New Jersey (1,207)
As the injuries have started to impact the Devils' offense
(only scoring 2.38 goals per game in March), Brodeur has
needed to come up big in net. Since returning from injury,
Brodeur has allowed only four goals in three games (2-0-1).
The Big Score: Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers (497)
The Rangers are in a battle for the final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference with, among others, the cross-town
Islanders. And, with the major moves made in Pittsburgh, the
Blue Shirts will need Lundqvist to be consistent between the
pipes as we enter April if they have any chance of not only
getting into the postseason, but avoiding the Penguins in the
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Bamford is a Columnist for The
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