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02-17-2013, 05:07 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
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I agree. We already lost 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 11 and 35. If we use standards like this, we will retire 5 (Girardi), 10 (Gaborik), 18 (Staal), 24 (Callahan), 27 (McDonagh) and 30 (Lundqvist) before 2020.
Retiring numbers should be done for players who really contributed to the Rangers over a longer period of time. I still don't get why no. 11 was retired for Messier. I am grateful for his services which brought us a Stanley Cup, but he was not a Ranger legend like Leetch, Howell or Richter.
The only player at this moment who might come close to deserving his number being retired is Lundqvist. Maybe Girardi if he plays another 8 or 10 years for us.
IMO, retired numbers should be left for elite players that have spent their whole careers, or majority of their career with that one team. Graves, Messie and, Richter is a joke. Especially for original 6 franchise.
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