Coming into their centennial celebrations, there had to be that one last number to retire. But whose?
Already, many Canadiens legends' numbers are hanging from the Bell Centre rafters for all to see the glorious history of the franchise on display.
But with the announcement that No. 33 will be retired this season, feathers are bound to be ruffled.
Ken Dryden, of course. Bob Gainey, why not? Patrick Roy...you mean, the guy who stormed out of Montreal?
It seems that everyone remembers Roy more for his temper tantrum against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2, 1995 than for his 1986 or 1993 Stanley Cup runs. It just goes to show how Montreal fans and Roy have held a grudge against each other.
But now, things seem to be getting back together and the grudges may be made right this season. Never since Roy's departure to the Colorado Avalanche in the most lopsided trade during the 1995-96 season has a Montreal Canadiens player worn Roy's legendary No. 33.
Yet it's only fitting that Roy's number be in the rafters. Since the increase in retired numbers with No. 12, No. 18, No. 19, No. 23, and No. 29 all going up into the rafters in recent years, there have been very few players that could possibly join them.
Steve Shutt's No. 22? Jacques Demers' No. 25? Guy Carbonneau's No. 21?
The pickings are thin and it's only fitting.
Roy was the goalie the last three times the Canadiens went to the Stanley Cup and the goalie for the last two times they won it. He was also the unanimous Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
When Roy walks to centre ice on that night, it will be a beautiful sight to see.
I hope both the fans and Roy can put it all behind them on Dec. 2...for good.