162 games played. 50 goals. 113 assists. 163 points.
In the playoffs.
Four consecutive 20-point performances. In the playoffs. And 3 Cups with the Wings.
Some have thrown around Shanahan -- Shanny? 72 playoff points (44% of Fedorov's total in 65% of the games).
Fedorov's points-per-game in the playoffs eclipsed Yzerman's -- and is almost identical to Howe's.
Further, only 18 players have more playoff points than Fedorov if you only count his resume as a Wing. Of them, only Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman, Bryan Trottier, Jean Beliveau, and Mario Lemieux have more with just one team. And four of those guys are associated with the Edmonton Oilers dynasty of the 80s.
No, Fedorov isn't a lock. But he should be (and yes, it feels like I've made this argument before...)
............and Dino has 600+ career goals. How many players have accomplished that feat? Just saying that stats don't tell the whole story.
I liken this ridiculously overdone question of whether Feds number should get retired to what Dino Ciccarelli faces with the Hall of Fame.
Are Dino's numbers/accomplishments good enough to get into the Hall of Fame. Hell Yes
Are Sergei's numbers/accomplishments good enough to warrant his number being retired? Yes, I think so.
Did Dino do anything controversial or that might have upset his chances of getting into the HOF? Yup.
Did Feds do anything controversial or that might have upset his chances of getting his jersey retired. I guess its a matter of opinion, but to many the answer is yes, he did.
As a Wings fan first, nobody comes before the organization for me.
That said, there are 3 guys that I would put up there because they have been great players (although not all superstars), they have been great Red Wings, they have accomplished great things and have proven their loyalty to the organization time and time again.
1. Nick Lidstrom
2. Chris Osgood
3. Kris Draper
All this talk of Chelios and Shanny (2 of my all time favorite hockey players) is just ridiculous. Please stop it people. Hank and Pavs? Are we really discussing them right now? Hell, why not throw Kronwall into that discussion. Way too early so give it a rest people.
In the end none of our opinions matter. We have no say, no control. But as a betting man, I would bet anybody, anything they want and can back up that Fedorov won't ever have his jersey retired by the Wings. And frankly, I can live with that.
Edited by GordieSid&Ted, 27 April 2009 - 09:35 AM.