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11-11-2012, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Ogie Goldthorpe View Post
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.
To each their own. At the very least, bringing a SC is a prerequisite to being considered for a number retirement. It's a non-starter otherwise, IMO.

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