Should Ducks Retire Paul Kariya Jersey?
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04-17-2013, 05:33 PM
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That's some revisionist history right there. There are plenty of Ducks fans who were around in the '90s watching almost all of the games Kariya played in a Ducks sweater (not just the highlight clips) who don't want his # retired.
Kariya was a great player who held most of the Ducks scoring records, but he has been surpassed by Selanne and possibly will be by passed by Getzlaf and Perry as well by the end of their careers. BUT, retiring #s isn't just about statistics; it also is about what the player meant to the organization and the legacy the player left. Kariya held out, not once, but twice, and refused to sign anything more than year-to-year contracts with the team during his last few years in Anaheim. He left on a bad note after the Ducks went to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals by by bolting to a loaded team at a huge discount instead of helping to build on what Murray and Babcock were tying to do with the Mighty Ducks.
Moreover, he has had little to no contact with the organization since he retired. Maybe it's a mutual thing, but it's like all his ties to the organization, except for Teemu, are severed. And the team gave his number to Bobby Ryan, so it doesn't seem like they are in a hurry to retire his number either.
The organization made that decision; they don't care what you think.
I find this awfully similiar to how wings fans view Fedorov...
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