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11-11-2012, 01:33 PM
Ogie Goldthorpe
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Originally Posted by *Injektilo View Post
We should have never retired numbers anyway. The error was really made with Smyl.

IMO, a number retired is for a player who can be categorized as a legend, who has left a mark on the franchise and the game's history... Orr, Lemieux, Gretzky, Roy. We have never had that caliber play for the Canucks. Bure certainly doesn't belong in that category.
I have the opposite opinion. The HoF is for honouring the all-time greats. Teams retiring numbers should be all about above and beyond service to the franchise, (somewhat) regardless of of the player's innate talent.

Smyl gave his left nut for the team, game in and game out, for 13 years. He did more with less than any Canuck I ever saw... but, as any sane person would concede, he was never going to get into the HoF without a ticket. Was he one of the greatest hockey players ever? Not a chance. Was he one of the greatest Canucks ever? You bet.

The retiring of Smyl's number did nothing to cheapen the honour or lower the bar for potential future number retirees. Players like him don't come around that often. We'll be lucky if we see another like him. In my books, he's exactly the kind of guy who's number should be retired.

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