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5 Retired NHL Players Who Deserve To Have Their Numbers Retired

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5 Retired NHL Players Who Deserve To Have Their Numbers Retired

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Former Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano is the most recent player to see his number raised to the rafters in his old arena. While some may say the tradition is antiquated, the reality is that players who mean the most to a particular franchise should be honored. Regardless if the number is taking out of circulation, having it up in the rafters is the best way to do so. These five players deserve to have their numbers retired.

5. Pavel Bure - Florida Panthers

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5. Pavel Bure - Florida Panthers

Pavel Bure
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The Vancouver Canucks retired the Russian Rocket’s famous No. 10 last year, and the Florida Panthers should do the same. Though his stay in South Florida was brief, Pavel Bure dominated like no Panther before or since, leading the league in goal scoring twice in four years in Florida.

4. Rob Blake - Los Angeles Kings

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4. Rob Blake - Los Angeles Kings

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His pending Hall of Fame induction should be enough to get the former Norris Trophy winner’s No. 4 hanging from the rafters at Staples Center. While Drew Doughty will eventually pass him, Rob Blake still remains the best defenseman to ever suit up for the Los Angeles Kings.

3. Theo Fleury - Calgary Flames

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3. Theo Fleury - Calgary Flames

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Despite his demons off the ice, his offensive prowess and one of a kind tenacity made him an NHL legend despite his 5-foot-6 frame. After winning so many battles on and off the ice, the Calgary Flames owe it to Theo Fleury to hang his No. 14 from the rafters in immortality.

2. Jeremy Roenick - Arizona Coyotes

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2. Jeremy Roenick - Arizona Coyotes

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“JR” brought his usual entertaining style on and off the ice to the Coyotes during his first stint with the team (his second stint in 2006-07 wasn’t as illustrious). In Phoenix, Jeremy Roenick became the first player in NHL history to lead his team in goals, assists, point and penalty minutes in multiple seasons. The Marshfield, MA native has earned the right to see No. 97 hanging in Glendale.

1. Dave Andreychuk - Tampa Bay Lightning

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1. Dave Andreychuk - Tampa Bay Lightning

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While his No. 25 is currently being worn by Matt Carle (with Andreychuk’s blessing), the Tampa Bay Lightning owe it to the former captain to have his number hanging from the Tampa Bay Times Forum at some point in the future. His work as team captain, delivering Tampa the Stanley Cup, and his work in the community since his retirement cement why “Andy” is one of the most beloved figures in Tampa Bay sports history.