Our series on the greatest players to wear each number in Nashville Predators history lumbers on (hey, it looks like we'll have plenty of time for it) with #32, bringing us a revenge match from an earlier edition. And just when you thought the score was settled between Teemu Laakso and Cody Franson...
During the mid- to late-90's Daniels had trouble cracking an NHL lineup, but in the early portion of the 1998-1999 season he suited up for 9 games as a Pred (scoring 1 goal and adding 3 assists). He had been claimed from Carolina in the Expansion Draft, and headed back to the Hurricanes in the summer as a free agent after spending the rest of the season in Milwaukee.
The very model of a tough, stay-at-home physical defenseman, Hulse spent three years with Nashville, playing 225 games from the 2000-2001 to 2002-2003 seasons (with three goals and 15 assists in total). He led the team in penalty minutes each season, and stands 8th on the franchise's all-time list with 370 PIMs as a Pred. He had been acquired in 2000 via trade from Calgary in exchange for Sergei Krivokrasov, and left as a free agent in 2003.
Signed as a free agent for the 2003-2004 season, Darche played just two games for the Predators (going scoreless), instead spending most of that year with Milwaukee, where had a productive 59-point campaign.
During his rookie season of 2009-2010, Franson broke into the NHL wearing the #32, and made a big splash in a protected role with 6 goals and 15 assists in 61 games. The mood heading into his sophomore season was optimistic, and his continued to progress (having switched to the #4 sweater that year), but was traded to Toronto in the summer of 2011 as part of the Matthew Lombardi salary dump.
We've seen him before in this series representing #2 and #4, but the #32 was perhaps the least lucky for Teemu. He played just one game in the 2010-2011 season wearing that number for Nashville, seeing just 2:43 of ice time in a 1-0 victory at Dallas.