How about actually answering a question....
The timing makes no sense at all. So come on Scottie explain away.
He had actually thought about leaving prior, but managment (Quinn) had convinced him to stay, then when Quinn is on and things went south there was really no hope for him here, and he moved on.
No reason to hold hard feelings, he did alot for us in his time here. We should be thankful for that and honor him accordingly (With #10 going up)
That's just more blah blah blah. I get that some don't appreciate the skilled non-physical players as much. But it's not why you get you number retired. Nor do you get your number retired for making it past the second round once in your career and not win the cup. You get your number retired for a number of reasons that add up to a significant reason to retire the players number. Smyl , Linden and Nasland have several of those significant reasons in common. That's why all three have been honored. Snepts was a heart and soul player, an all-star, and a cup finalist. Why isn't his number retired? It's as if you clutching at straws to find reasons to justify Bure having his number retired. I'm not buying what you're selling.
I get the sense that you don't think we should have any #'s retired.
Smyl's is up because really up until him our organization had little to no hope. He carried our team has been apart of our organization and a leader in our organization since his draft day. No question deserving IMO.
Linden, I don't even have to explain do I? Deserving.
Naslund earned it IMO, carried the team with such class and humility. And he did carry the team. Transformed our team into a near era, created new fans and really built up the success of our market. Was a captain and was one of our greatest ever. Great in the community. And whatever else. Deserving
Bure is easily the greatest talent we have ever had, the only true HHOF we have had that we can call our own IMO. He captivated Vancouver, made fans care about the team again, introduced new generations of fans that are still being felt today. Unlike all the others he was the only player that was able to maintain his absolute top level of play throughout all his years in Vancouver, and was probably a top 5 player in the NHL in those years. His impact on the team's success both at the time and for the future to me aswell as him being the greatest player we have ever had, and a HHOF make it an easy choice for me to reitre him.
And BTW Baggins, this is the point I would like to hear your response too.
You don't retire a number for what could have been, you do it for what actually was.
What it actually was was a hhof career, elite play for his entire time in the NHL, helped to save the franchise, brought a whole new generation of canuck fans and hockey fans in general. Too bad he only played 500- games, kinda like Orr#4.