#6 – Shaone Morrisonn
Shaone Morrisonn, the man with the difficult name spelling, was originally a 1st round draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2001. In 2004, he was involved in a trade to the Washington Capitals for Sergei Gonchar. After 3 AHL seasons, he finally broke through for a full NHL season in 2005-2006, and cemented himself with the Capitals as a reliable, stay-at-home defenseman.
In 2007-2008, Morrisonn was paired with that seasons lead goal-scoring defenseman, Mike Green, although Morrisonn only obtained 10 points for himself.
Morrisonn earned himself a fairly nice paycheck in 2010, signing a 2 year deal with the Buffalo Sabres, with fans hoping his solid play would continue (and dreams of Henrik Tallinder dancing in their heads). It was also hoped that his veteran presence would help develop young defensemen, such as Tyler Myers and Andrej Sekera. This was not to be.
In the first year of his contract, Morrisonn’s play was somewhat dependable, although lackluster. For the amount of money he was making, fans expected more. It was not long before he was in the doghouse, and in 2011, he was waived and sent to the AHL for the year, making millions skating with the Rochester Americans. After 6 full NHL seasons, Morrisonn could not have been too happy about his situation, but he seemed to handle it professionally.
Shaone can now be seen playing for Spartak Moscow in the KHL.