Whether it is around the water cooler, the bar or in the office, you often hear hockey fans talking about how much they despise so and so. It has become almost ritualistic to call out opposing players and reveling in the hate that oozes out of your pores.
Yet if you woke up to the news that your beloved team had just acquired such a player via trade or free agency, the conversation would immediately turn to how much he can help your team win.
This doesn't make you, myself or any other fan out there hypocrites, double-talkers or biased homers; it simply means that the player in question is doing his job very, very well.
There have been monumental exceptions to this, and there could be a handful of players on this list that you feel falls into this category, but at the end of the day, all fans care about is winning.
Let's take a look at 10 such players and see where they fit in the grand list of guys we love to hate but would love to have on our team.