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#1 miller76

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 01:59 AM

I have been looking around the internet and reading little things here and there about players numbers. With this deadline coming up, do players consider this when signing on a team?

Does a player have a right to demand this? Is there a respect factor? Is it a "well I am Marion Hossa and I make X amount of millions a year, and you Mr.Maltby do not, I want 18 or I will not sign with you"

Sundin wears 13, so does Datsyuk.

Hossa wears 18, so does Maltby.

Rob Blake wears 4, so does Quincey.

Sergei Fedorov wears 91, no current wing wears 91.


Brad Stuart wears 6, no current wing wears 6.

Bryan McCabe wears 24, and of course Cheli wears 24.

I am sure there are more that I didn't throw in.
I know in the past players have given their numbers up for another player. Franzen gave his 39 to Hasek, and agreed to 93.

and of course 1,7,9,10,12, and definetly 19 are off limits.

What do you guys think?

Edited by miller76, 23 February 2008 - 02:57 AM.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:06 AM

16 is off limits

and no, i dont think any player the wings would sign would have that much of an ego to demand his number...if he does i dont want him

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:11 AM

QUOTE (irishtemper14+25 @ February 23, 2008 - 02:06AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
16 is off limits

and no, i dont think any player the wings would sign would have that much of an ego to demand his number...if he does i dont want him


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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:22 AM

I'd imagine Quincey would offer Blake #4 but aside from that no, you don't come in and take a number away from Maltby, Datsyuk, or Chelios.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:53 AM

6 is unofficially retired for Larry Aurie, and 16 will not be worn again in the near future, if ever. No veteren will give up his number to the new guy coming in. Malts, Dats, and Cheli will keep their numbers because they are fixtures on this team, countless jerseys have been produced for the public with those players and numbers, so the new guys will have to make another choice to make famous in the winged wheel

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 03:16 AM

Yeah, Pavel is not going to give Mats his number, nor should he!

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 03:27 AM

Don't forget that Kopecky gave up 28 for Rafalski and switched to 82.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 05:24 AM

It doesn't happen all that often and it only happens when it's a high profile player or veteran vs. a unproven kid. Ie. Blake and Quincey.

Kopecky, Franzen, Fischer have all had to do it recently and they were all for pretty significant players at the time. Guys like Markov and Calder got no special treatment.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:47 AM

Well, Maltby would keep 18 over Hossa...

Datsyuk keeps 13 over Sundin...

Quincy would likely give up 4 for Blake if asked I would think...

Cheli would keep 24 over McCabe...

Like the last poster said, it would really only happen with a proven player vs an unproven kid...
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 09:19 AM

There are always stories going around about players buying their number from another player. Do you think Maltby would sell his number to Hossa if he came here.

I would imagine no. I guess i'm wondering more as to what do you think a guy would offer to purchase a number?

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:45 AM

To be honest - I'd question any players integrity, & qualities as a teammate if he were to come in, & demand a certain # that's currently worn by someone dry.gif

Doesn't sound like a team player if ya ask me.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:47 AM

QUOTE (miller76 @ February 23, 2008 - 01:59AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have been looking around the internet and reading little things here and there about players numbers. With this deadline coming up, do players consider this when signing on a team?

Does a player have a right to demand this? Is there a respect factor? Is it a "well I am Marion Hossa and I make X amount of millions a year, and you Mr.Maltby do not, I want 18 or I will not sign with you"

Sundin wears 13, so does Datsyuk.

Hossa wears 18, so does Maltby.

Rob Blake wears 4, so does Quincey.

Sergei Fedorov wears 91, no current wing wears 91.


Brad Stuart wears 6, no current wing wears 6.

Bryan McCabe wears 24, and of course Cheli wears 24.

I am sure there are more that I didn't throw in.
I know in the past players have given their numbers up for another player. Franzen gave his 39 to Hasek, and agreed to 93.

and of course 1,7,9,10,12, and definetly 19 are off limits.

What do you guys think?

Who knows Datsyuk may take his old # 56 from his rookie season.
Maltby's got seniority over Hossa.
Quincey is just a call-up so no way blake would have to give 4 up.
6 is unofficially retired (Larry Aurie) so tough luck Stuart
24 is Chelio's no one would mess with him for a #.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:50 AM

QUOTE (shannyfan1414 @ February 23, 2008 - 09:19AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There are always stories going around about players buying their number from another player. Do you think Maltby would sell his number to Hossa if he came here.

I would imagine no. I guess i'm wondering more as to what do you think a guy would offer to purchase a number?

Ever see "The Fan"? It has Wesley Snipes getting traded and finding out another player has his number and in a sub-plot of the movie he tries to buy it back.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:07 PM

Hossa would probably get #81. He's always #81 when playing with Team Slovakia.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:16 PM

Something I just thought about... I completely agree with the number 16 being honored in such a manner.

Considering the circumstances that were, I would also like to see the same done for "2".

Edited by ruarc', 23 February 2008 - 12:16 PM.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:17 PM

QUOTE (Systemfel @ February 23, 2008 - 09:07AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hossa would probably get #81. He's always #81 when playing with Team Slovakia.

Good point. I didn't realize he wore 81 prior.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE (rwfan007 @ February 23, 2008 - 03:53AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
6 is unofficially retired for Larry Aurie, and 16 will not be worn again in the near future, if ever.

16 is beyond off limit. Vladdy embodies the Red Wings just as much as Yzerman does imo.


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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:37 PM

QUOTE (Lebda4Pres @ February 23, 2008 - 10:47AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Who knows Datsyuk may take his old # 56 from his rookie season.
Maltby's got seniority over Hossa.
Quincey is just a call-up so no way blake would have to give 4 up.
6 is unofficially retired (Larry Aurie) so tough luck Stuart
24 is Chelio's no one would mess with him for a #.

blink.gif I could be wrong but I don't ever remember Datsyuk wearing #56...as far as I remember he has been #13 his whole time on this team....

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:46 PM

QUOTE (russianswede919293 @ February 23, 2008 - 12:37PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
blink.gif I could be wrong but I don't ever remember Datsyuk wearing #56...as far as I remember he has been #13 his whole time on this team....


I thought the same thing. As far as I can remember Dats rookie season was 2002. The first year Kozlov was traded

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:57 PM


Sundin wouldn't ask for his number because Datsyuk is a staple in the organization where Mats will be gone back to Toronto next year.

Maltby's been with the team for years and would never be asked or expected to give up his number for Hossa.

If Quincey didn't get dealt in that deal then he would probably give his number to Blake.
If I need to explain why there is no point for you to read any further.
Oh and Blake said he's wasn't interested in waving his no-trade and I believe that is solid because he's near the end of his career and in California which is where he wants to be.

Sergei Fedorov wears 91, no current Wing wears 91.

I would hate this BIG TIME! Fedorov is a broke old player that can't do anything close to what he used to. I can't believe that people think this is good? The only way I see Fedorov returning to the Wings is as a last resort if we don't get Hossa, Sundin or anyone else.

Bryan McCabe wears 24, and of course Cheli wears 24.

Yeah McCabe won't be leaving Toronto he's said that he doesn't care who wants him he's staying in Toronto.

And of course 1,7,9,10,12, and definitely 19 are off limits.

Uh yeah but Stevie coming out of retirement to join the team thru the playoffs would be fricken sweet! LOL!






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