Markus Naslund: 10 NHL Jerseys That Should Be Retired
Preceding a contest against the Tampa Bay Lighting, Markus Naslund's No. 19 was retired in front of his hometown fans in Vancouver.
Following one of the most lopsided trades in NHL history, the winger joined the Canucks in 1996. He would play 12 years with the 'Nucks, serving as captain during his final eight years in British Columbia.
Naslund owns the Canucks' all-time points record with 756.
His sweater became the third to be raised to the rafters following fellow former captains Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl.
The following is a list of 10 players who either a) are currently playing and should have their number retired or b) former players that should have their digits retired.
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Career numbers: 1,446 gp, 246 g, 828 a, 1,074 pt, plus-430, 19 seasons (all with Red Wings)
This season, at age 40, Nicklas Lidstrom netted his first hat trick.
That adds to a resume that consists of four Stanley Cups, 11 All-Star appearances, six Norris Trophies, one Conn Smythe and an Olympic gold medal.
Lidstrom is a surefire Hall of Famer and his number will eventually hang from the Joe Louis Arena rafters.
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Career numbers: 1,060 gp, 455 g, 498 a, 953 a, plus-59, 14 seasons (all with Flames)
Originally drafted by the Stars in 1995, Jarome Iginla was dealt to the Flames and never skated for Dallas.
The only thing that could keep this future Hall of Famer from having his number retired in Calgary is a potential transaction and the ensuing turmoil.
Regardless if Iginla finishes his career in Alberta, the forward's digits will be considered for retirement.
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Career numbers: 1,215 gp, 616 g, 676 a, 1,292 pt, plus-90, 18 seasons
With Ducks: 730 gp, 389 g, 434 a, 823 pt, plus-115, 12 seasons
Although he joined the Sharks midway through the 2000 season and spent three years with Anaheim's NorCal rivals, Teemu Selanne will most likely have his number retired by the Ducks.
The forward started his career with the Winnipeg Jets and had a single, unproductive season in Colorado, but will be remembered for his time in Anaheim, where he helped the expansion team become relevant in SoCal.
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Career numbers: 1,070 gp, 280 g, 414 a, 694 pt, minus-29, 15 seasons (all with Jets/Coyotes)
Drafted in the first round by Winnipeg in 1995, Shane Doan joined Teemu Selanne and Keith Tkachuk to create one of the most dominant lines in NHL history.
Selanne was later dealt to Anaheim and Tkachuk left to join the Blues, but Doan has remained with the Coyotes through thick and thin.
Regardless of what is happening around him, Doan continues to be a productive player every year.
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Career numbers: 706 gp, 249 p, 636 a, 885 pt, plus-242, 13 seasons
With Nordiques/Avalanche: 589 gp, 217 g, 524 a, 741 pt, plus-207, 11 seasons
Dealt from Philadelphia to Quebec in the Eric Lindros trade after the headstrong pivot demanded a trade out of the Francophonic province.
After moving from Quebec to Colorado in 1995, Forsberg helped the inaugural Avalanche team win the Stanley Cup in 1996 and later led the Avs to a second championship in 2001.
Following the lockout, the Avalanche fell victim to the salary cap and had to let Forsberg and teammate Adam Foote walk in order to save room for Joe Sakic and Rob Blake.
He joined the Flyers, the team that originally drafted him, the following year.
In 2006, he had a miserable season and was dealt to the Predators for Ryan Parent, Scottie Upshall and two draft picks. However, he was unable to help Nashville advance in the playoffs and the Preds were eliminated in the first round by San Jose.
Forsberg currently plays for Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elite League, the team he began his career with.
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Career numbers: 1,479 gp, 559 g, 808 a, 1,367 pt, plus-115, 21 seasons
With North Stars/Stars: 1,459 gp, 557 g, 802 a, 1,359 pt, plus-118, 20 seasons
Few people in Dallas appeared bitter when Mike Modano returned home after joining his hometown Wings for what is presumably his final season.
Modano was pivotal in the North Stars' Stanley Cup run in 1991 and won the Cup in 1999. His team returned in 2000, but were bested by New Jersey in double-overtime during game six.
The Michigan native holds the NHL record for most goals and points accrued by a player born in the United States and the North Stars/Stars records for most games played, goals, assists and points.
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Career numbers: 1,100 gp, 607-340-105-30, 113 so, 2.23 gaa, .913 sv%, 18 seasons (all with Devils)
A rough year for Martin Brodeur and the Devils, and the trade talks that have ensued, will not keep the revered goaltender off of the rafters in the Prudential Center.
Brodeur is one of the NHL's all-time greatest goaltenders and a certain Hall of Famer.
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Career numbers: 719 gp, 303-297-63-24, 35 so, 2.71 gaa, .906 sv%, 17 seasons
With Capitals: 711 gp, 301-293-63-23, 35 so, 2.70 gaa, .906 sv%
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Olaf Kolzig, who played internationally for Germany, spent the majority of his career with the Washington Capitals before joining the rival Tampa Bay Lightning for eight games in 2008.
He returned to Washington with the Bolts and was given a standing ovation; however, shortly after he ruptured his biceps tendon and retired from hockey.
Although Kolzig has slowly been faded out during the Ovechkin era, he helped the Capitals reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, where his team was swept by the Red Wings.
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Career numbers: 1,273 gp, 646 g, 953 a, 1599 pt, plus-275, 17 seasons
With Penguins: 806 gp, 439 g, 640 a, 1,079 pt, plus-207, 11 seasons
Pittsburgh may not retire Jaromir Jagr's number because the dynamic winger spent his last six seasons with the Capitals and Rangers.
However, the Czech's impact on the pre-Crosby Penguins is immeasurable. While paired with Mario Lemieux, the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992.
Jagr currently plays for Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
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Career numbers: 1,651 gp, 185 g, 763 a, 948 pt, plus-350, 26 seasons
With Canadiens: 612 gp, 72 g, 237 a, 309 pt, plus-74, 7 seasons
With Blackhawks: 507 gp, 92 g, 395 a, 487 pt, plus-120, 9 seasons
With Red Wings: 550 gp, 26 g, 150 a, 176 pt, plus-171, 10 seasons
Before his seven-game stint with the Atlanta Thrashers, Chris Chelios split his career relatively evenly between Montreal, Chicago and Detroit.
The Chicago native spent most of his career in Montreal, where he won the Stanley Cup in 1986, but was most productive in his hometown.
In the Windy City, Chelios led the Hawks to the Stanley Cup in 1992, where they were swept by the Penguins despite being up 4-1 in Game 1. He served as captain of the Blackhawks from 1995 to '99.
However, during the 1998 season, at age 37, he was dealt to the Red Wings. In Detroit he was less productive, but won two Stanley Cups (2002, 2008).
Chelios will most likely have his number retired. Who will retire it remains to be answered.