Who's Next?

The Larry Robinson jersey retirement night has come and gone and as Bob Gainey’s approaches in February, one must wonder who’s the next former Montreal Canadien to get their jersey number retired and hang the Bell Center rafters.

Don’t forget that next year will be the 2009-2010 season for the Habs which marks their 100th year in hockey, their centennial celebration! Since this is going to be a big season for the Habs, who should be honoured to get their number retired on the centennial celebration year?

I’ve heard from various sources that Toe Blake might be one of them. Another person that I’ve heard floating around is…Patrick Roy. Now don’t forget he didn’t exactly leave the Canadiens on good terms! But he was a phenomenal goalie, won 2 stanley cups with us and was voted the best goalie in NHL history in 2004.

So the burning question that some Habs fans are wondering. Who’s Next?
Which great Canadien will have his number retired with some of the greatest players in hockey like Jean beliveau, Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur etc…


33 Responses to Who's Next?

  1. MtlHabs09 says:

    I could really see Roy being the next to go. If the Habs win maybe 2 cups in the next few years, I could see a Muller/Koivu dual retirement. Maybe Carbo if he lasts a loooooooooooooooooooooong time as coach. But Koivu is likely 15-25 years from now if it does happen. Vinny Damphousse deserves some consideration, take a look at the all time point leaders and see the names he's with.

  2. MtlHabs09 says:

    Former Habs to be considered. Just to show what I mean:

    Marc Recchi: 1341 points (November 23) – Good for 23rd all-time, behind Guy Lafleur and ahead of Denis Savard. Recchi will likely pass Lafleur this season. Perhaps lack of seasons played in Montreal will prevent jersey retirement (only 5 with Montreal, 10 with Philly, 7 with Pittsburgh).

    Pierre Turgeon: 1327 points (November 23) – Good for 27th all-time, behind Mike Gartner and ahead of Gilbert Perreault. Turgeon is retired. Perhaps lack of seasons played in Montreal will prevent jersey retirement (Only 3 with Montreal, 5 with Buffalo, 4 with New York Islanders, 5 with St. Louis, 3 with Dallas, 2 with Colorado).

    Vincent Damphousse: 1205 points (November 23) – Good for 42nd all-time, behind Bernie Nicholls and ahead of Dino Ciccarelli. Damphousse is retired. Perhaps lack of seasons played in Montreal will prevent jersey retirement (7 with Montreal, 5 with Toronto, 1 with Edmonton, 6 with San Jose).

  3. habsrock99 says:

    Jersey Retirements don't depend on what you did with other teams, it depends on what you did with the team that retires your jersey. Right there, that eliminates 2 of you're 3 names mentioned as Recchi barely helped the Habs sustain much and Turgeon demanded to be traded because he couldn't handle the pressure of being Captain.

    Damphousse should get his retired but not for a long time. Carbo was excellent with the Habs (2 Cups and 3 or so Selke's) and should have his retired long before Damphousse (If Vinny's ever does).

    Roy's should, seeing as he alone basically won the 86 Cup and he helped win the 93 Cup too.

  4. MtlHabs09 says:

    LOL I can't stop thinking of this… When Gainey's number 23 is hanging in the rafters it'll just be Brian Bellows to me. Hahaha!

  5. habs_punk says:

    I haven't been around long enough to see many of the greats playing in Habs uniforms, so my opinion might not count for much in this debate. Personally I have to go with Patrick. He is probably the last player we've had that could really be called dominant. While some of you may have grown up watching the Robinsons and Gaineys and Richards, my childhood memories are filled with watching Gretzky, Lemieux, and Patrick. While, as a 12 year old kid, it crushed me when Roy demanded that trade, I think enough time has passed now that we should be able to look at the hilites of his career in Montreal and not the lowlites. He deserves to have his number hanging in the rafters.

  6. jpmac says:

    It has to be Roy..he is probably the second best (Richard) to ever don a habs jersey.

  7. leafy says:

    ….that is, if politics don't get in the way.  Of course he didn't exactly leave on good terms.

    As usual, everything is friggin political.

  8. simplyhabby says:

    Yes, Roy did not leave on good terms but, Tremblay is gone and Houle is not part of management. (Which BTW is likley the darkest times in Montreal History when those two were running the show)  Lets not only give up Roy but our captain too for 3 young players who did nothing for our franchise.  Odelien for Richer on top of that trade?  Yes Houle, lets trade our top defenseman from a thin blue line for an aging forward.  Our fram system was not only delpleted but sent the orginaization into 10-15 years of mediocrity at best.

    Now that I got that off my chest, the greatest goalie of all time deserves to be honoured in Montreal.  Well I know winning the Stanley cup is a team effort, 86 and 93 would not be possible without St. Pat.

     

  9. leafy says:

    You mean Toe Blake's number hasn't even been retired yet?  That's incredible.  Blake is one of the first point-per-game guys in NHL history and a legend.  I can't fathom that.

    Patrick Roy is not just the best Habs goalie in history, he is the best goalie ever.  Anyone who has watched the 1986 and 1993 playoffs already knows that.  Goaltending like that has never been duplicated.  And he didn't play for the stingiest defensive team in NHL history for 15 years, unlike Marty Brodeur.

    If the Habs don't retire Roy's number first, clearly there's a big time grudge against him.

    Others to follow Roy would probably be Guy Carboneau and Mats Naslund.  Bobby Smith and Vinnie Damphouse might also get consideration one day.

  10. habswinthecup-again says:

     Houle was a bad GM and Tremblay was a terrible coach but Ronald Corey is the one that should be blamed for the mess that Montreal was in since basically 1980, other than winning 2 Cups.

  11. habswinthecup-again says:

    How many more are they retiring? didn’t they have a set amount?
    Definately Roy, maybe Blake or Backstrom, John Ferguson would be cool.

  12. Actarus29 says:

    I Can't believe the names that come up!!!  Although I have great respect for players like Damphousse, Recchi, Turgeon, these players only played for a few seasons for the team and they didn't mark the team's or the league's history as much as the retired numbers already in the rafters.

    If you look at the way the Habs have done things, it is obvious that they will retire the jersey of a player that played in the '80s or '90s and the only guy that deserves such an honour is Patrick Roy.  I don't think you need to look at anybody else.

    If they want to retire another jersey, I think it should be either Émile Bouchard (3) or Jacques Lemaire (25)…

  13. habsgod says:

    without a doubt st. patrick's #33 SHOULD BE NEXT AND I THINK IT WILL!!ALSO I THINK WE SHOULD CONSIDER STEVE SHUTT'S #22 BECAUSE AT ONE TIME SHUTT WAS THE HIGHEST SCORING LEFT WINGER IN N.H.L. HISTORY UNTIL ROBITAILLE BEAT HIS TOTALS!!WE SHOULD ALSO DO GUY LAPOINTE'S #5 AS WELL AND COMPLETE THE TRIFECTA!!(WITH ROBINSON AND SAVARD)BECAUSE THEY WERE THE MOST DOMINATE BIG THREE ON THE BLUE LINE IN N.H.L. HISTORY!!AND IF THEY WANT TO DO ONE MORE THEY SHOULD CONSIDER JACQUES LEMIRES #25

  14. leafy says:

    After reading some of the responses, I need to slightly revise the above info.

    Apart from Roy and Toe Blake, the Habs definitely need to retire Shutt, Lapointe and Lemaire ahead of the other guys I mentioned.

    That would seal the deal on the key players who contributed to the dynasty years in the 70's.

  15. habsgod says:

    WELL I DON'T ABOUT ROY BEING THE SECOND BEST PLAYER TO EVER WEAR OUR JERSEY BEHIND RICHARD!!LAFLEUR HAS THAT TITLE BUT ROY IS THE BEST GOALTENDER IN OUR FRANCHISE HISTORY AND IN HOCKET PERIOD!!I THINK OUR TOP 3 GOALIES COULD BE LISTED AS THIS!!

                1.PATRICK ROY
                2.KEN DRYDEN
                3. JACQUES PLANTE

     IN THAT ORDER!!ALSO THE DEBATE ENDS THERE WITH THE BRODEUR AND ROY WHO IS BETTER!!ROY WINS HANDS DOWN!!THERE ISN'T AND WON'T BE ANOTHER GOALIE THAT WILL WIN IN THE CLUTCH(BIG GAME ON THE LINE)THAN ROY!!THE 93 STANLEY PLAYOFFS PROVE THAT WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT!!11 CONSECUTIVE WINS AND 10 IN A ROW IN OVERTIME!!NOW THAT'S CLUTCH!!!WE WON'T HAVE WON THAT CUP WITHOUT PATRICK THAT YEAR BUT WE WEREN'T AND WOULDN'T HAVE LOST TO ANYBODY THAT YEAR!!NOBODY WAS TAKING THAT CUP FROM US!!NOBODY!!

  16. simplyhabby says:

    It will be an intersting debate about the greatest goalie ever when Marty passes Roy. (BTW, ROy is my all time fav hockey player)

    Marty will have to win 4 cups and 3 conn smythes in order to beat Roy in my books for the greatest ever title.

    To Roy's defense, Wwhile Roy did have some great players in front of him in Montreal but the NJ devils in thier Stanley winning years were better teams then the habs.  Avs are a different story of course but St. Pat still got one conne symth with the 2 rings in Colorado.

    To date, I have yet to see such a dominating playoff performer in net.  Yes, many goalies have won the conn smythe but watching St . Pat wink at an LA king player in 93 displayed the confidence he had in the biggest stage. (We will forget the antics on the dropped puck against the wings but it was a great save prior to the puck slipping out of the glove)

    Oddly for me, it has only been this year that I am beginning to show so much favortism to a habs' player since roy and that is Komi.  By the way things look, you can add price to that list in the coming years.

  17. habsgod says:

    i agree with you 100% on price!!

  18. leafy says:

    Sounds similar to the mess we have in Toronto right now.

  19. leafy says:

    I completely agree 100%.  Brodeur is a rock solid goalie who took full advantage of playing for the most defensively stingy team in NHL history for 15 years.  Roy was far beyond this, and surpasses Brodeur in terms of ability to completely dominate hockey games.  The only guy I've ever seen that can be comparable to Roy in this regard is Dominik Hasek.

    I say this as a Leafs fan, completely neutral.  I neither support the Habs nor New Jersey.  Roy was simply the best, bar none.

    For those who are too young to remember, I urge you to look for dvd copies of Roy's legendary playoff performances, especially 1986 and 1993.  Only then can you begin to understand.

  20. leafy says:

    Steve Shutt was the biggest sniper of that era, until Mike Bossy arrived at the scene.  A perfect complement to Lafleur's slick playmaking.  Shutt's no. 22 definitely needs to be retired.

    Lapointe and Lemaire were also great players, and each played in Montreal for eons.  I would think at some point, no. 5 and 25 will be retired.

    I still remember as a kid being awed by Lemaire's slap shot from far out.  He had a cannon.  Lapointe was no slouch himself on the PP.

  21. patricko says:

    Roy and only Roy, yes Mats, Guy, and Steve were all great players, but we need to be descriminating here. Roy is a legend.

  22. kole says:

    leafs are the worst team tehy suck penis once in a while and like to give each other blowjobs on there days off so i wuld not like them if i were you there a bunch of queers who have a 40 year old captain who likes it up the ass

  23. drake7 says:

    leafs fans are gay there team sucks and there captain is a big ***** they should trade him or make him retire the worthless peice of shit

  24. leafy says:

    Bad day at the office, eh?

  25. leafy says:

    Let me guess, your ex-wife left you for a Leaf fan, no?

  26. leafy says:


    *****I think you and kole are the same person, but with 2 user IDs!!!

  27. tttt says:

    what about maurice richards little brother Henri richard

  28. leafy says:

    His no. 16 was retired more than 30 years ago.

  29. Quebec4Life says:

    If it was this dude i would have pity for her!

  30. FlamingHomer says:

    drakes7's spelling is slightly better.

  31. ferron says:

     Any real HABS Fan out there will tell you that Patrick Roy was not only  NHL's best goalie of  but ONE of the NHL's best player of all time only player to ever win 3 Conn Smyth.  Roy was a different player in the playoffs, don't get me wrong Roy was next to perfect in the regular season but in the playoffs "I" and a lot of US thinks that Roy was better and played on weaker teams than what Gretz and Lemieux played on! In fact Roy should be compared to the Jordan, Jeter and brady, players that shined in playoffs year after year and loved it when nobody else can stand the pressure, Roy was at its best! I thanked god every for giving us(habs fans) Roy and "I" don't think I will ever be able to forgive the habs direction for hiring Rejean and Mario! I also think that Roy's number should be retired throughout the league!

    Hopefully one day there will be no beef and Roy will come back to Montreal as a coach or GM.

  32. modk09 says:

    holy crap man, they were all our captains and are all good players but do you see the list going

    richard
    richard
    lafleur
    robinson
    KOIVU???
    Muller????
    Damphousse?????

    none of those will ever get a snif of a jersey retirement or even the HOF

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