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04-19-2012, 01:24 AM
Duck Off
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Quite simply, no it shouldn't be retired.

Yes, he has the numbers, tenure with the team, etc... However, when fans look up and see those numbers retired, they should feel pride. That's not what happens when every Duck fan think of Kariya. In fact, I believe that most would view him in a negative way. IMO, the fans are who should decide who should hang in the rafters. Like it or not, Kariya and the Ducks, especially the fans, parted on bad terms. Reason doesn't matter. Most fans think of things like "disrespectful, worm, traitor, etc.." when thinking of Kariya. That's not someone who's number you retire. IMO the only lock is Selanne. Jiggy is next, although I definitely wouldn't call it a lock. I don't think Scotty's should be retired, but I could live with it. Niedermayer is what turned this team from joke to champ, well if you had to give one player the most credit it'd be him for sure IMO.

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