That's Adam Graves. Even he probably realizes how ridiculous it is lol.
Yeah, he kind of looks a little embarrassed.
They retired his number for his 507 career points as a Rag.
In fairness, it was more than that, and besides, if you're going to get into a whole points thing, one could wonder how a guy like Ken Daneyko gets his number retired (I'm not saying he shouldn't have, just saying that not every jersey retirement can be measured strictly on numbers).
Graves was a class act and a very good player for them overall. He got the absolute most out of his ability...did anyone think he could ever score 52 goals, or crack 30+ three other times? He spent 10 seasons there, played in 772 games and averaged 29.7 goals per 82 GP, and rarely missed games (only 16 total in those 10 seasons). He also was well-known and respected for all of the good he did OFF the ice during his Rangers' tenure...he's the kind of guy you want representing your brand.
Look, the Rangers definitely go too far sometimes with finding excuses to dust off all things 1994 for sure, but I don't lump Graves into that category. I think he deserved to have his number retired, even if he wasn't a spectacular player, and he meant a lot to that franchise and its fanbase. I can't kill the Rangers on that one.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 13 June 2014 - 02:17 PM.