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.
Well stated and 100% correct. It still blows my mind that they retired Messier's # when his last 4+ yrs here he was stealing 20 minutes a game playing time from younger players at the old age of 39-43 when he contributed absolutely nothing to the team for those years.
It was nothing more than a freakin publicity stunt bringing him back to the "dysfunctional Rangers" at that time!