Should the Panthers retire #34?
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06-27-2012, 11:26 AM
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1. The bar should be the same for every team, unless you think the pathetic Panthers should have a lower criteria for what constitutes a great player than Toronto or Chicago.
2. It is not a given that someone from a very forgettable two decade stretch should have their number retired.
The '96 team should be honored with a banner for their improbable run... and that's about it.
I won't even touch the fact that Vanbiesbrouck's foot-in-mouth incident makes him a PR problem.
1. This isn't 60 years ago when there was only 6 teams and everyone had a bonafide HoF on their roster every 10 years.
2. While in the grand history of hockey, it is a forgettable 20 years, but to Panther fans, there were plenty of highlights, and almost all of them include the Beezer. Its a different era. If we limit retiring numbers to guys who are borderline HoF or above, there won't be more than 2-3 names in the rafters 100 years from now. The talent is just too spread out in today's NHL to keep the standard that high.
Also, for the foot-in-mouth incident just look down the road to the Miami Heat, Tim Hardaway went on a very public homophobic tirade on the radio and his number is hanging from the rafters at the AAA.
Just my opinion. Obviously your points are valid, we just have differing views.
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