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Loose Change: The 2010 LC Player Poll

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Well, kids, it’s that time of year again. Seems everyone is putting out their own version of an NHL player poll. ESPN has one, as does Sports Illustrated. I think most of the local papers do it too. Hell, The Hockey News might even (I just read the Classifieds).

You’re familiar with player polls I’m guessing. We high-powered media send out a questionnaire to a select number of players (those whose names we can spell) to get their opinions on everything hockey (Who is the league’s cutest Finnish-born third line right winger?) and beyond (Is marmalade overrated?).

Keep in mind Loose Change’s player poll is the only one that’s not anonymous (which might explain having only nine replies – three from my mother) but, as they say, if you can’t say something nice about someone please keep your questionnaire to yourself.

Herein lies the results of the Loose Change 2010 NHL Player Poll. Margin of error, uh, seven?

Who is the league’s most overrated player?

21% Dion Phaneuf

7% Wade Redden

69% read this when it first ran in Sports Illustrated

69% pencilled in “plagiarist”

Who is the league’s most underrated player?

32% said Ura Dork (editor’s note: can’t find him in the NHL Media Guide)

17% Sidney Crosby

15% Alex Ovechkin

12% asked for “more legible photocopies”

If you had one game to win, which goalie would you want in net?

21% Martin Brodeur

19% Roberto Luongo

17% “You’re allowed to do this?”

If you could play for another coach, who would it be?

31% Pat Quinn

21% Lindy Ruff

1% “Thanks a----le! You just got me traded!”

If the league were to expand, which city should it go to next?

37% Rio De Janeiro

29% San Juan

27% Oahu

What do you listen to before a game?

29% Metallica

23% Beyonce

21% Jay-Z

18% The coach

Which Sedin is the best?

62% Henrik

34% Daniel

4% Timmy

Who is the NHL’s dirtiest player?

44% Chris Pronger

29% Sean Avery

28% Scott Hartnell (“Who knows what’s in the mane of hair”)

Have you ever taken a supplement in an attempt to improve performance?

34% Sudafed

21% Extra Strength Aspirin

19% Viagra

9% Cheerios (frosted)

Which building has the best atmosphere?

31% US Air Arena

24% United Center

22% The Louvre

Should visors be mandatory?

74% Yes

58% Yes

42% Yes

18% Yes (paper badly torn, blood spots all over)

Is the NHL season too long?

No responses

12 Return-to-senders

Is there enough being done to protect players from hits to the head?

28% No

21% Yes

15% Undecided

14% responded with duplicate surveys

One guy sent in a drawing of a duck

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