I just don't remember Rivera doing all the stuff with Steiner sports that Jeter did or all the ancillary stuff (special hats and the like) being sold then.
I think it is because the retirement tour and all the attention it got kinda of caught Steiner off-guard. When Jeter announced his, Steiner was ready and more than willing to cash in on this. I bet they will be doing it for other players too in the future as part of the norm.
And sometimes you have to remember the players are bigger than the teams too. It's an appreciation for the entertainment and effort these guys put on the ball field/ice they are showing appreciation. Jeter lost to the Sox as well - many times, and never pouted, smashed Boston fans, etc. He lost with class and won with class.
Lundqvist will retire one day and probably with the NYR, and if he plays another 8 years and somehow wins a Cup or two (god hope not) and did a farewell tour (again hockey doesn't do it) - but if he did and the Devils recognized him in some fashion during the last tv timeout thanking him for years of contribution to the rivalry and service to hockey while making a donation to a charity - by all means - I'd stand and cheer. Things are bigger than the game. These are people. Henrik by all measures is pretty much all class, hard working and passionate. He leaves it out all on the ice. I can appreciate that. It's stupid hockey logos on jerseys we root for, but the players who do it are bigger.
You mised my point. I meant when players come back with another team and play against the Devils for the first time.
Why should they? None outside of Niedermayer and maybe MacLean have left the Devils after having a wonderful career with them. Niedermayer got his night and Mac is now back with the organization so I doubt they are signing the blues about it.
Gionta and Parise have never had the impact on the Devils like those 2 have. Parise was close but not the same.