He himself admitted to knowing about the 35+ rule in his exit interview. I think you are like me in that you were more hurt over the Fedorov situation. I was pissed at Fedorov for almost a decade. (I only got over it last year). The Datsyuk situation bothered me too, but not nearly as much as Fedorov. Probably because I loved Fedorov and had a man crush on him. Just my side of it though.
Exactly how I felt/feel. As for the man crush, Stevie Yzerman was my main man crush. Though Feds was def up there too lol
You're obviously bias towards Datsyuk. His situation is much MUCH worse on paper than Fedorov's whether you like to admit it or not. Fedorov didn't handicap us by wanting to leave in the middle of a contract. He left as a free agent because he's allowed to.
Datsyuk wanted to leave the Red Wings within the first year of his contract in 2014. It took a lot of convincing from Ken Holland and Mike and Marian Illitch to get him to play for 2 more years and at one point the Red Wings management basicaly threatened to sue Datsyuk in a lawsuit for trying to walk out on his contract. They basically cut a verbal deal that if he honored the contract for the 2015 season he was free to go.
I'm obviously "pro Retire #91, #13 and #40" But I'm not going to try to make excuses for Fedorov or Datsyuk. Nor am I going to try to make their situation worse than some others make it to be. The facts are facts guys. Datsyuk didn't honor the contract and Fedorov was a bit of a drama queen and bailed. The question is does management forgive them (it seems like they have) and if we as fans can move past it.
Not bias towards Dats at all. Just stating my opinion on which departure was worse. In fact, I'd rather see #91 in the rafters than #13. People seem to forget (or are too young to remember) how dynamic and amazing Feds was. And how much of a huge part he was of all 3 of those Cups. And the fact that the Wings basically smuggled him out of what was communist USSR when he entered the league.
The report was that Datsyuk had no clue about that "over 35" rule with contracts when he signed the deal. And with his motivation being his family, and him being in his late 30s, I have no ill will towards him whatsoever. IMO Feds situation was much worse. My heart was broke the morning I woke up and read that he left us for one of our biggest rivals at the time. Where we then had to play against him. But to each his own on which scenario was more offensive to the fans. For me it's not even close. And that's coming from me who would love to see #91 up there. I'm just guessing that's why the Wings will never retire his number.
Datsyuk left in the middle of his contract. If you're using Sergei leaving to Anaheim as a free agent to go to Anaheim as a reason to not have his jersey retired, you should not be saying datsyuk will have his retired. He bolted to Russia without playing out his contract.
He didn't leave in the "middle" of the deal. It had one year left on a 3 year deal. And he was only leaving to be back with his family (in a different Country and league), at basically the tail end of his playing career.
Fedorov's departure isn't even comparable. He left us for another NHL team, left for less money than we offered him. And worst of all left for the Ducks who were one of our biggest rivals at the time (they had just swept us out of the playoffs the season before). And then had to play against us as the enemy 4 times a year. And on top of all that was still basically in his prime at the time. Much worse than Datsyuk's scenario. And that's likely why we'll never see #91 in the rafters.
Unfortunately the one option I would've voted for isn't on the poll. IMO Datsyuk is the only one out of the 4 that will have his jersey hanging in the rafters. Personally I'd like to see Sergei's 91 up there too, but the way he left for the Ducks makes me doubt that will ever happen. Hank is good, and was definitely a huge part of our '08 Cup. But for an organization like the Wings, you need at least 2 or more Cups to even be considered. So the jury is still out on Hank (maybe he'll lead us to another Cup before he hangs em up). As for Osgood. Always loved the guy. But he was never even close to elite. He was solid, which turned into decent, which turned into dreadful.