I have really high standards on retiring numbers. I don't want Kariya's or Niedermayer's retired. Mayybe Jiggy. Selanne is the only one for sure.
So I'm not a fan of retiring Rusty's number. Didn't Burke start some kind of wall of honor or something? For players who did a lot? I think Hebert was on it? That would be perfect for Rusty.
It was started pre-Burke I believe, and yes he'd be perfect, even before the accident. Factoring in longevity and impact, probably the #3 all-time defenseman, and leader in games played by a defenseman.
But, no, shouldn't be retired. He hasn't played with us in 5 years, to a point where some fans likely barely remember him. Wall of Honor is perfect, and I wouldn't be opposed to keeping 24 off of anyone for at least next season, along with a patch(like many of the ones we've seen here) to be worn season-long.
Bracelets Sold to Raise Funds for Families Affected by Lokomotiv Tragedy
Friday, 09.23.2011 / 4:11 PM / News
On Tuesday, September 20th, the Ducks opened the preseason with a tribute to former and current NHL players who were lost in the off-season, including the members of the Lokomotiv Yarsolavl hockey team that died in a tragic plane crash on September 7 in Russia. Ducks players and fans paid respect with a moment of silence, led by the Salei family and the Anaheim Lady Ducks, the wives and significant others of Ducks players, coaches, executive staff and broadcasters.
To support the Lokomotiv families, wives throughout the NHL have united in an effort to raise funds in honor of those lost.
Kodette LaBarbera, wife of Coyotes goaltender Jason LaBarbera, and Katerina Jokinen, wife of Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen, are leading a fundraising effort to help the families of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. LaBarbera and Jokinen have designed bracelets, with the proceeds going to the families of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team.
Fans can purchase bracelets at www.LoveforLokomotiv.com. The cost for bracelets is $25 for kidsí beaded bracelets, $50 for adult beaded bracelets and $10 for silicon bracelets