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Old 01-21-2013, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Should Teams "Semi-Retire" Numbers for Popular Players?

I feel like there should be a "grieving" period for numbers of fan favorites, I hate seeing a rookie or guy I've never heard of come in and take the number of a recently retired long time fan favorite who just won't ever have their number retired from that team.

I'm watching the Wings game right now and I saw #25 fly on by the screen, to me, I see that number and I just think of Darren McCarty.

He's obviously never going to have his number officially retired, but he is also one of the most popular Wings of all time. It also makes me think of a guy like Draper, also a long time fan favorite but will never have his number retired.

I think teams should give some sort of 5 year waiting period on those numbers unless there is a big time FA who comes in who also wears that number. I just hate seeing scrubs or rookies come in and take the number of a very popular recently retired player.

And if the Wings ever give away #30 I'm going to be FURIOUS, I feel like that needs to be on of those "retired" numbers, where if probably won't ever officially be retired, but it shouldn't be given out to another Wing again. Osgood will be a HOFer someday and was the fans favorite goalie during this past 25 year stretch.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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P.J. Stock was one of the most popular Bruins of all time. Do I want #42 semi retired? Hell no.
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P.J. Stock was one of the most popular Bruins of all time. Do I want #42 semi retired? Hell no.
I just can't stand seeing it right after a player has retired, I can't remember who it was but the Wings had another guy do it a couple years ago and it bothered the hell out of me.

I'm also sure that teams do this, I don't think I've ever seen another 91 since Federov left the Wings, that can't be by accident

I'd also be willing to bet that no Wing ever wears 40 or 13 again, whether they officially retire those numbers or not
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just can't stand seeing it right after a player has retired, I can't remember who it was but the Wings had another guy do it a couple years ago and it bothered the hell out of me.

I'm also sure that teams do this, I don't think I've ever seen another 91 since Federov left the Wings, that can't be by accident

I'd also be willing to bet that no Wing ever wears 40 or 13 again, whether they officially retire those numbers or not
Seems like you answered your own question. Teams in all sports do this. Where they draw the line, will never be up to you the fan though. I don't see any reason to officially semi retire numbers. Unofficially works just fine, right?
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Seems like you answered your own question. Teams in all sports do this. Where they draw the line, will never be up to you the fan though. I don't see any reason to officially semi retire numbers. Unofficially works just fine, right?
I guess that was my point, teams do this for players like Federov, too good of a player to let anyone wear the number again, but not quite at the point of it officially getting retired.

But my point was for guys like McCarty, Draper, Holmstrom (who I believe deserves to be in the HOF but that's something else entirely), Maltby, etc.

They're never going to have the official or unofficial number retirement, I think that those types of guys who are more popular among fans than some of the stars shouldn't have those numbers handed out right after they retire.
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There's a reason that a retired number is the highest honor a team can bestow upon a player. Having official semi-retired and kind of retired numbers would take away from that.

25 was great. He was on of my favorite Wings too. But his number's not going to get retired. If it's not going to be retired, why screw around and semi retire it? What's the point? I didn't see him pick a new number when he went to play for Calgary. Likewise, the Wings aren't going to hang it from the rafters.
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There's a reason that a retired number is the highest honor a team can bestow upon a player. Having official semi-retired and kind of retired numbers would take away from that.

25 was great. He was on of my favorite Wings too. But his number's not going to get retired. If it's not going to be retired, why screw around and semi retire it? What's the point? I didn't see him pick a new number when he went to play for Calgary. Likewise, the Wings aren't going to hang it from the rafters.
I'm not saying there should be any official or unofficial acknowledgment of it

I'd just like it if a rookie were to ask for #25 that a team official just step in and say not yet, just an unwritten "rule" that numbers of players like that aren't given away so quickly post-retirement
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The wings should retired 24 at the least. Probert was a fan favorite and legend for them. Watching that one out there sucks
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I'd be okay with teams designating certain numbers off limits for say three years after a really popular player retires, done so at the team's descretion and only one number at a time. The number may never be retired but i believe in at least giving that number a break for a little while. It also bugs me to see a rookie come in and wear the number of a legend who JUST retired while the fans are still "grieving".
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