Love To Hate You: NHL Players Who Have Been on Both Sides of a Rivalry

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Love To Hate You: NHL Players Who Have Been on Both Sides of a Rivalry
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When then-Flyers forward Arron Asham shook hands with Sidney Crosby at the end of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, neither had any idea that Asham would trade in the orange and black for the black and gold for the 2010-2011 season.

Likewise, Martin Biron probably wasn't even considering going from Long Island to Broadway after the 2009-2010 campaign drew to a close.

Asham and Biron are two of the players who have signed with their former teams' biggest rivals to get a fresh start.

This is not something uncommon in NHL history, but when it happens, it is always fun to watch for fans of both teams.

Once upon a time, you were an NHL fan who loved a player on your favorite team. But when he jumped ship for the team you hate the most, you suddenly loved to hate him...or hated to love him, depending on how strong your loyalties are.

I decided to research players who have played on both sides of some of the NHL's most known rivalries. 

But I had two rules:

I only researched current NHL players, so players who have retired are not included in this list.

I did not include anybody who signed with a rival this offseason. 

I hope you enjoy this list, and please feel free to let me know if you have more examples of players who jumped ship. If you were the fan who found yourself choosing team loyalty vs. player loyalty, even better.

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