Homer was my favorite, but this retirement is the right time. He's had a great career.
I'm a HUGE homer fun, but HELL NO to jersey retirement. He just simply wasn't that good. Just because a player is beloved, doesn't mean we retire his number. Save that for the Yzerman's, Lidstrom's, and Howe's. The players that were legendary.
Hero's will be remembered, but legends get number retirement (or they never die, but...)
Well lets look at a few things:
#6 on the team in games played with 1026
#3 on the team in Powerplay goals with 122
#5 on the team in GWG with 39
Less than 100 points away from being in the top 10 in all time points for the Wings. There is no questioning his importance to this team over his career. It's not like anyone is ever gonna wear #96 again, but I think the argument holds some water...but then again, I believe Osgood's #30 should go up there too...and a strong argument for Fedorov. But that is it. I am not looking to throw all #'s from the dynasty up there...
Bring Fedorov Home For A Day!
He Needs To Retire A Red Wing.
When Gordie Leaves Us, the NHL MUST Retire The #9.