I think Pavs gets into the HOF before Zetts. Let's face it, MANY players, from his team and others were not shy about saying he was the most skilled player in the league. At one point, it was taken for granted he had the most natural talent in the NHL. As was mentioned in this thread....it's always the great ones that are NEVER satisified with their skill level.....the true greats are on a non stop mission to learn, practice, and hone every skill they have. It's just engrained into them...ex. Cr
I would retire #13. #40, it might depend on whether he makes the Hall, which I don’t think he will do. Pav should make the Hall.
If Z doesn’t make the HOF, I can see Detroit honoring him with his number being retired, but the argument to do that for Z is weaker than for Pav. One of Z’s biggest strengths has been his steadfast loyalty to the team—the opposite of Federov. Certainly not as gifted as Sergei, and has less hardware to show for it—only 1 Cup.
I actually think that Zetterberg's case is stronger than Datsyuk's (and by extension Fedorov's), for the simple fact that Datsyuk was never team captain. Every player who had their number retired was captain at some point, with the exception of Sawchuk, who is obviously a special case. I don't think that is a coincidence, retiring a number is not solely about skill. It is about legacy. I am a huge fan of both Zetterberg and Datsyuk, but neither have the legacy with this tea
My issue isn't with Fedorov holding out, it is for what the contract ended up being, and some of his statements made along the way. I believe he said at one point that he would never again play for the Red Wings. Then when he signed the offer sheet with Carolina, it included that $12 million bonus for making the conference finals. The entirety of the contract was fair value ($38 million over 6 years), but this was nothing but a "make them bleed" inclusion, since he would ne
No. God no. Great player, hall of fame player but he always seemed to be in search of an exit strategy the entire time he was in Detroit. He loathed Bowman and fought buying into the system, @SpikeDDS this is a great subject! As you mentioned 91 is not in high demand anyway so it is unlikely to be given out anyway. It does happen tho, Probie watched Cheli take number 24, he spoke of his mixed feelings about it in his book even.
Datsyuk, yes, no doubt a no brainer. 13 should and will hang
Though I agree with you that it would be pretty cool to have them raised together, I don’t see it happening for several reasons:
1. It is possible that one or both may not have their numbers retired.
2. They didn’t leave the league/Wings at the same time. (Not a huge deal.)
3. Each man deserves his own celebration of his own career and merits without having to share the spotlight.
4. The Red Wings need as many PR opportunities