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11-16-2008, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by RingoCalamity View Post
I don't think it would have killed the team - or embarrassed them - to have put something in a program or on the jumbotron saying "congratulations to former Panther Igor Larionov on his HHOF induction". They don't have to make a huge deal of it but it would have been a nice thing to do.
Well, we're talking about an organization that put more thought into producing an inflatable cow mascot than to honor Larionov.

Granted, Igor spent a very short time here, but properly recognizing his induction is more relevant to the game of hockey than finding a personalized replacement for last season's inflatable Banana Man.

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11-16-2008, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by angry_treefrog View Post
1. #3 had great heart & true grit. He was a great teammate. He wasn't an elite hockey player.

2. #10 played only three seasons with the team. He is best remembered as a Canuck, not a Panther. He accomplished more for them than for the Panthers. Have they retired his number? They certainly have more reason to than the Panthers. He's an elite player, but he wasn't around long enough.

3. #34 had a nice run with the Panthers for a five years. He was a New York Ranger for 10 years before that. Have they retired his number? While you could probably make a case here, an impartial third party observer would give it a thumbs down. Wasn't around quite long enough. Wasn't quite elite enough.

So, frankly, retiring those numbers would simply draw attention to how pathetic this franchise's performance has been for the last 15 years - an organization that always seems to fall short.
I completely agree.

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