Started watching the Habs in 1970 and I saw Pointu play many times. He was dominant. I remember the year he scored 28 goals. He was a key part of that dynasty. The big 3! That was the key! One of Robinson, Savard or Lapointe was always on the ice!
Savard was my favorite but they were all equally great!
In my opinion the retired jerseys of The Montreal Canadiens is open to debate cause there's been so many great players and when does it become too much. In the case of Lapointe he sort of had to go in given that the others of the Big Three were there.
First retired jersey was Howie Morenz upon his Death. So far so good.
Second one was of course The Rocket after he retired in 1960.
Then the third one occured eleven years later in 1971 after Beliveau retired.
Three Legendary players were given this honor and pretty far apart.
But then I think it's where the Habs became trigger-happy when they retired Henri Richard's number in 1975. Great player but it should have been only really in special cases.
Then you go to 1985 with Guy Lafleur. It was too soon and it felt like it was done quickly for image reasons and political reasons. Molson and Savard were trying to cover their butts and indeed Guy returned from retirement years later.
In 1985 you also had Doug Harvey, probably the Habs' best D ever. And then ten years later in 1995 it was Jacques Plantes. It probably should have ended there.
Really what should have happened is wait a few years after Beliveau and honor Harvey and Plante in the 80s. Then when the time is right, retire Lafleur's number. Then no more.