Unfit for the rafters?
Adam Graves is a wonderful person and deserves every accolade he receives, but aren’t the New York Rangers getting a little carried away when the recent announcement that they plan to retire the No. 9 sweater worn by Graves sometime during the 2008-09 season? Sure, he was a 50-goal scorer, a Stanley Cup winner and a stand-up guy in the community, but sweater retirements should be rare occurrences and left for players headed to the Hall of Fame ...
No, I don't think so. And the best example I can think of a guy who had his jersey retired who isn't getting anywhere near the Hall is Ken Daneyko, the stay-at-home defenceman who played his entire, 1,283-game career for the Devils.
Sometimes being the fabric of an organization doesn't have anything to do with goals and assists.
And while I can't speak to how Graves fits into that spot with the Rangers, this is a franchise that has been around since 1926 and only retired five other numbers: Rod Gilbert, Ed Giacomin, Mike Richter, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch.
The Montreal Canadiens they ain't. (The Habs have 13 retired numbers.)