I agree. Skating with the Cup was over the top. He last won it for Edmonton 17 years ago. If he had last won it with them last year, then it's ok to have him skate with it. When you raise the Cup and haven't won it in 13 years, and haven't won it for that city in 17 years, it's just being ridiculous.
As for the rest of your comments, I did not see the ceremony so I cannot comment or judge. I do know, however, that the Oilers were trying to out do what the Red Wings did for Yzerman, so I can see them changing it trying to make it classier, etc. which apparently they failed at.
I also thought it was disrespectful to not have the current GM (and a former teammate) of his there.
Personally , any jersey retirement is cheesy.
At the beginning of the ceremony there was a 12 minute video of his highlights, but maybe it wasn't shown on American television.
As much as you like to believe, the Oilers were not trying to out do the Yzerman ceremony (here we go again - who's the better leader blah, blah).
The Messier celebration was trying to out do Coffey's which out did Fuhr's which out did Kurri's which out did Gretzky's. Messier skating with his old Oiler uniform was a tradition started with Kurri's jersey retirement.
Kurri wore his full retro Oiler uniform and took a pass from Gretzky (99 was wearing a suit) at centre ice and one-timed the puck.
Fuhr wore his full goalie uniform including his pure white face mask when his number was retired.
Coffey sped around the whole ice surface, to show his effortless stride, on his special day.
So I guess since Messier won 6 Stanley Cups he will be remembered as the guy who carried the Cup around the ice.
I'm sure the Detroit fans too would of felt it was cool if Yzerman, wearing his full Red Wing uniform, skated around Joe Louis with the Stanley Cup above his head on his celebration.
Edited by North Guy, 03 March 2007 - 01:43 AM.