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If Markov retired tomorrow, would you want the Habs to retire his number?
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09-21-2013, 12:04 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
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This is exactly my point. If we only look at the numbers then guys like Lapointe and others probably deserves it.
But you don't retire a player because he put up numbers, you retire a player's number because of what he did for the team and what he meant to the fans.
That's why Koivu deserves it, he carried the team on his back for a decade. Markov on the other hand is in the same class as Lapointe, he has some nice numbers but not the emotional connection needed.
Neither one of them warrant it. Koivu may have carried this team on his back but he didn't carry them anywhere. Half the time we didn't even make the playoffs.
And you're talking from a position of bias. You like Koivu and he meant more to you than Markov did? Okay. Others will disagree.
Neither one of them deserve being in this conversation though because neither one has had the kind of career that warrants the honour. Markov is similar to Kaberle and Koivu at his best wasn't as good as Mats Naslund.
Lapointe and Shutt? Yes. Carbonneau? Sure. That's about it until (hopefully) some of our current players warrant the honour. The mid to late 90s and 00s are an era we should be trying to forget. Last thing I need is to come into the arena and have those seasons brought up as a reminder of how far this franchise fell during those years.
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