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07-28-2007, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
That is reserved for the best of the best.
To me, the issue is not overall excellence. One need not have their # retired by their team only if they are in or on their way to the HOF. Graves need not have been a great player, but a great Ranger. Which to me, when taking everything (on and off the ice) into consideration, he was. My issue is that there are people who have held the #9 (like Bathgate) or have accomplished great things as a Ranger (back to the days of Ching Johnson) who have accomplished as much if not more than Graves when wearing the Rangers uniform. Can Graves have his jersey retired and not someone like Ratelle?

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