February 14, 2015

Mark Arcobello: Fourth Time's The Charm?

When Mark Arcobello put on an Arizona Coyotes jersey this week he tied NHL history.

The Coyotes were Arcobello's fourth NHL team this season. He started the year with Edmonton and also has played in Nashville and Pittsburgh.

Only two other players in NHL history have skated for four teams in one season.

Dennis O'Brien, Shane O'Brien's uncle, played for the Minnesota North Stars, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Barons and Boston Bruins in the 1977-78 season.

Dave McLwain skated for the Winnipeg Jets, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1991-92 season.

Arcobello's stay in the desert will likely be short. Coyotes GM Don Maloney even called the waiver pick-up as a "soft" acquisition meant to fill in a hole at center due to Martin Hanzal's injury. Arcobello is a restricted free agent after this season.

Arcobello may be hockey's ultimate journeyman right now, but he still has defied long odds. He was undrafted walk-on in Edmonton in 2011. The Yale University grad's (he has a degree in Political Science) NHL dream seemed dead before that. Now the Connecticut native is nearing 100 career NHL games.

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