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03-08-2012, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Vofty View Post
I agree with both Lobo and Glove, a team retiring the number goes well beyond a high caliber player playing for your team, a number retirement only goes to those players who helped not only during a period of time (that is what the Walk of Legends is for) but also helped define the franchise. The only players who qualify are Modano, Lehts, and Zubie.
I would say Hatcher belongs in that category. He was our captain for eight seasons, was drafted by us, and spent most of his career with us.After Modano, he's probably the guy teams cringed about when playing us - especially in the playoffs. Gainey made him captain because he wanted the team's identity to be forged around him. I would put him with Modano, Lehtinen, and Zubov for sure. Next in line would be Joe, but he's borderline. Sydor was awesome, but just not on that level to where he deserves his number retired. The others just didn't spend a good enough portion of their careers with us.

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