John Madden and Marty Reasoner: Naming the Top Unsung Penalty Killers

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John Madden and Marty Reasoner: Naming the Top Unsung Penalty Killers
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There are a lot of bad jobs in hockey.They feature hard work, low pay and threat of injury.

One of the worst jobs used to be in ice maintenance. The advent of the ice girl has given even that menial task a hint of glamour, beauty, and style.

The job of NHL penalty killer however has never taken on that shine. It requires an unrelenting work ethic and a willingness to toil in obscurity.

A penalty killer needs to be able to out skate a one-man advantage and be ready to block a shot when he gets there.

Some penalty killers acquire a sort of fame. Usually after they've played on a Cup winner or possess offensive skills. Preferably both.

Brendan Morrow, Jordan Staal, Chris Pronger, Duncan Keith, Todd Marchant, and Samuel Pahlsson have all garnered some fame and fortune for among other things playing key short-handed roles on Stanley Cup Champions.     

John Madden is a famous penalty killer. He has won three Cups: two with New Jersey and one with Chicago. He's shown offensive skills throughout his career.

Unfortunately two bad offensive seasons in a row left the 37-year-old begging for a job after winning his third cup last year.

Minnesota finally signed him for $1.25 million. That's the kind of regard even the great penalty killers get at the end.    

This slide show is about some other less famous penalty killers, guys without the cups, or the offensive chops, who still deserve some regard for the role they play.    

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