Is the criteria that we had to have hated these players first? Cuz I've always loved Kopitar.
Maybe Crosby. I used to absolutely loathe him but since he's cut the whining and entitlement issues down considerably, and continues to play at a phenomenal level I've really grown to respect him. I don't know if I "like" him, but I certainly don't hate him anymore.
I think a lot of people have adopted that attitude with Crosby recently.
I used to hate Patrick Kaleta, especially in the first few years of his career. All the dirty hits, diving, and spot-picking made him impossible for me to like at the time. As time has went on, especially after he was demoted to Rochester, he seems to have gotten the message from management that they wanted the antics to stop. I watched him last year and he still hits like a truck, stirs the pot, and drops the gloves occasionally. The major difference is he doesn't seem to dive or head-butt or pull any of those antics anymore. It doesn't look like he'll be brought back by Buffalo but I'm really hoping someone picks him up.
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