Best NHL Players to never have their number retired by any team

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  1. Rangechucky The puck was in

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    Theoren Fleury and Kiprusoff for the Flames.

    I think the only thing holding back the Flames from retiring Kipper's number is he probably wouldn't even show up!
     
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    That changed 3 years ago. At the home opener for the 2016-17 season, the Leafs retired all their honoured numbers and added Keon’s #14 to the mix. That’s why JVR had to change from 21 to 25 at the time — 21 was being retired for Salming.
     
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    That’s cool, but as a non-Leafs fan in Ontario and outside the Leafs “area” I did not know that. I still find retired numbers dumb unless they’re an all time great. Or obvious reasons
     
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    JR was 27 in Chicago. I dunno why the number change but yea
     
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    Teppo Numminen had worn 27 for eight years with the Jets already when Roenick joined the franchise before the first season in Phoenix.
     
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    Park? that one is "holy shit, how?" level for not having had his number retired
     
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    Chelios is the best player without a good reason that I can think of. I know Chicago felt burned he went to Detroit, but come on.
     
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    Chelios >>> Park.
     
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    Steve Larmer should have his hanging up in rafters in Chicago (Doug Wilson case could be made for as well)

    Unfortunately it hasn't happened and doesn't seem it ever will
     
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    All I know, is the NHL will be running out of numbers.
     
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    Why he's still not in the HHOF I cant figure out.
     
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    Hawks will only retire someones number if they are inducted into the HHOF. Minus Magnuson, who died tragically.

    Going forward from this era Seabrook will most likely get the honour since he was part of the core 7 that won 3 cups and he's played over 1,000 games for the team.
     
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    Theo Fleury.
    Not only is his 14 not hanging from the rafters, but he's also not in the HOF. Top 70 scorer all time, top 50 PPG producer all time.
     
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    Yeah, more teams should be like the Leafs who have only retired numbers 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 21, 27, and 93. That includes superstar Wendel Clark. Keep it simple, eh?
     
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    I don't think the average fan understands just what an extreme disgrace it is that the Rangers haven't retired Frank Boucher or Bill Cook.

    Frank Boucher
    Hockey Hall of Fame
    13 seasons as a Ranger as a player, 11 as a coach/GM, 4 seasons as just GM
    Won 2 Cups with the Rangers as a player. Coached the Rangers to the Cup in 1940, the last time they would win it for 54 years.
    Still 3rd all time in games as a Rangers coach
    Scored 4 GWG in 9 games in the '28 playoffs.
    Voted best center in the league 3 times
    7 times either 1st or 2nd in assists
    7-time Lady Byng winner in 8 years (the other time he was runner-up). They finally GAVE him the trophy and got another one which has been used since.
    Led the playoffs in scoring twice
    To this day, is still 15th on the Rangers' all time scoring list, despite playing a fraction of the games of anyone ranked higher.
    To this day, still 2nd in playoff GWG, tied with Cook, and only 1 behind Messier.
    THN ranked him 61st all-time in 1998. HF ranked him 48th in 2009 and 42nd in 2018. HF ranked him 16th among centers in 2014.
    For 60 years the NY Rangers Fan Club called its Most Popular Player award the "Frank Boucher Trophy".

    Bill Cook
    Hockey Hall of Fame
    11 seasons as a Ranger as a player, 2 as a coach.
    Two-time Hart runner-up
    Won 2 Cups with the Rangers. Scored the OT Cup-winning goal in 1928.
    Scored the first goal in franchise history, which was the GWG in a 1-0 game
    4 times either 1st or 2nd in goals
    2 times 1st in points
    Voted best RW in the league 3 times, was runner up a fourth time
    Ceremonially scored the first goal at the new MSG
    To this day, still holds the Rangers' hat trick record.
    To this day, is still top-10 on the Rangers' all time goals list.
    To this day, still holds the Rangers' record for points in a period.
    To this day, still 2nd in playoff GWG, tied with Boucher, and only 1 behind Messier.
    THN ranked him 44th all-time in 1998. HF ranked him 40th in 2008 and 34th in 2018. HF ranked him the 7th best winger of all time in 2014!

    In the first 9 seasons that the Rangers existed, either Boucher (5) or Cook (4) led the team in points. In the first 7 seasons, Cook (6) or Boucher (1) led the team in goals. In the first 9 seasons, Boucher led the team in assists 8 times.

    Andy Bathgate is the only other player to lead the Rangers in points 5 times or in assists 8 times. His number is retired (though disgracefully not until 2009, three weeks after Adam Graves).
    No other player has led the team in goals 6 times.

    There are bad omissions and then there are "oh my god, what are you DOING???" omissions. Bill Cook is inexcusable. Frank Boucher is beyond inexcusable, the equivalent of the Habs not retiring Jean Beliveau or the Hawks not retiring Stan Mikita. This is an ongoing stain on the organization that should have been rectified when they first decided to begin retiring numbers 40 years ago.
     
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    Other than Al Hamilton, 'ya gotta make the HOF for your number to be retired here.
     
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    Steve Larmer? Am I missing some reason why you think he should be in the HoF? I remember him as a good but not even great player. One top 10 scoring finish in his entire career.
     
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