On Thursday night the Red Wings retired Nicklas Lidström's #5 in what was a phenomenal, yet emotional ceremony.
I have to say, I really enjoyed watching it, albeit on TV, and I can't wait until the next time that the Red Wings have one of these.
Which leads me to my question, who will be next? Who will be the next Red Wings player to join Nicklas Lidström, Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe, Sid Abel, Ted Lindsey, Terry Sawchuk, and Alex Delvecchio in the rafters?
In order to determine which player(s) is most worthy of this honor, we have to establish some criteria:
- The player has to be at least 28 years old. Anyone younger than that hasn't proven themselves enough to the organization at this point.
- The player has to have won at least one Stanley Cup with Detroit.
- The player has to have played at least 75% of his NHL career with the team. This last one is very important, as otherwise Daniel Cleary (67%) and Mikael Samuelsson (48%) would also be up for consideration.
Henrik Zetterberg (#40)
Pavel Datsyuk (#13)
Niklas Kronwall (#55) & Johan Franzen (#93)
Of the four aforementioned players, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have the best chance at having their numbers raised to the rafters.
Will both #40 and #13 be retired? Who knows. But, if the two help the Wings win a couple more cups, then there is certainly a chance that we will be having three retirement ceremonies in the near future. The third? Sergei Fedorov.
You now know my opinion on the matter, so now I want to know yours. Of the current Red Wings, who do you think has the best shot at having his number retired?