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12-11-2011, 03:51 PM
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Sojourn
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Originally Posted by Paul4587 View Post
No, he didn't lead this team anywhere while he was here and he left on bad terms. Selanne, Giguere and maybe Niedermayer are the only guys who deserve to have their numbers retired.
And the only reason Niedermayer would even be a consideration is how much he did in Anaheim, during his time here. Kariya spent a good deal of time in Anaheim, and didn't even accomplish half of what Scotty did.

If Kariya hadn't left the way he did, I think he'd be a consideration, but still a question mark. What did he actually accomplish here? What did the team accomplish with him here? They had one of the most exciting duos in the league, and... what? They made the 2003 Cup Finals, and lost in Game 7, in a playoff run that saw Giguere put the team on his back.

This might be the second time I've ever seen someone say Kariya carried the team to the Cup Finals. There were three individuals most analysts say were valid Conn Smythe candidates. Brodeur, Niedermayer, and Giguere. Kariya wasn't even an honorable mention on that count.

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