Rick Nash said his final farewell to the city of Columbus last week. Days after being traded to the New York Rangers, Nash purchased a full-page ad in the Columbus Dispatch, featuring a personal letter thanking Blue Jacket fans for their support.
While the move was widely hailed as classy, it wasn't especially original. After all, star players taking out a full-page ad on their way out of town has become a hockey tradition. There's practically a template at this point, and Nash followed it to the letter: The player's name at the top, the big full-color photograph, the personal note at the bottom.
Where have we seen that before? From plenty of other star players who were moving on, as it turns out. Let's take a look through some newspaper archives around the league.
Here's a good example of a classy goodbye by a departing free agent.
Speaking of the Bruins, one of their own departing stars was kind enough to say his goodbyes.
Maybe I'm cynical, but sometimes I almost question the sincerity of these things.
This one wasn't from a star player or even aimed at fans of one particular team, but I guess he thought he should ... actually, I'm not sure what he was thinking.
In hindsight, this one probably feels like a mistake.
Just one more example of why he was a great leader.
This one just feels unnecessary.
I actually just saw this one at the newsstand today and thought it looked kind of familiar and oh man wait that can't be a good sign...
Finally, I can't shake the feeling that maybe this last one wasn't even supposed to run yet...