Posted 07 February 2012 - 12:18 PM
This was brought up in Puck Daddy's Jersey Fouls
last year. Wyz seems to want to give the idea a pass, but I just can't stand for it.
Good day to you, Detroit! How are things?
Say, remember that Steve Yzerman fella that was drafted by the Red Wings in 1983, played 1,514 regular-season games and scored 1,755 career points while only wearing the Winged Wheel? The guy that's in the Hockey Fall of Fame as a franchise legend?
You don't mind if the Tampa Bay Lightning pretend their general manager actually played for them too, do you?
From Puck Daddy readers Alix and Jason:
We had a blast when the Wings beat the Lighting in Tampa recently. It's hard to say anything about Yzerman is a Foul, but there is something very wrong with this jersey, even if he is their GM.
Love that almost-'WTF?! look the Detroit fan nearly gives as he's walking by.
While we acknowledge the obvious Foul that is wearing the sweater of someone who never played for your team, let's put this out there: Is there any way a Steve Yzerman Tampa Bay jersey gets a pass as a Tribute Jersey?
Consider this was his name and number combo during his playing days and, frankly, it's iconic. This isn't a "Lamoriello $$" sweater; it's an acknowledgment of a player's legendary status and his immediate impact on a new team.
Again, just playing Devil's Advocate here; please understand that before you grab your torches, Red Wings fans.
"And the best, I must confess, I have saved for the last, for the ruler of this Christmas land,
is a fearsome king with a deep mighty voice, least, that's what I've come to understand.
And I've also heard it told, that he's something to behold, like a lobster, huge and red!
When he sets out to slay with his rain gear on, carting bulging sacks with his big great arms, that is so I've heard it said.
And on a dark cold night, under full moon light, he flies into a fog like a vulture in the sky!
And they call him Sandy Claws!