Kris Draper played in his 1000th NHL game this week. While a feat only reached by 200 or so players, most casual sports fans still think he’s an ad executive at Sterling Cooper. So here’s a new way to remember Kris Draper: the greatest bargain in the history of sports.
A highly touted third-round pick for Winnipeg, Draper never meshed with the Jets, appearing in just 20 games in four seasons. So he was traded to the Red Wings for the oft-traded “future considerations.” Those considerations, in this case, turned out to be $1.
The “One Dollar Man,” as he became known, has been a solid member of four Stanley Cup winning teams, a steady source of penalty minutes, and famously, a Claude Lemieux target.
In his 1000th game, Draper assisted on a goal by Kirk Maltby, his teammate for 13 seasons. Maltby is 10 games away from 1,000 himself. That’s Red Wings hockey.
Draper’s statistics on Monday were no goals, one assist, one point, plus one, 26 shifts for 12:50, of which 4:47 were on the penalty kill. He won 11 of 16 faceoffs. In short, a night like most other nights for Draper.
You may have noticed this post is somewhat less sarcastic and cynical than the usual fare. Perhaps we all needed something good to wash the taste of the A-Rod story out of our mouths.