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Anyone Else Think That Shutts #22 Should Be The Next To Be Retired?


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Should Steve Shutt's #22 be retired?  

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  1. 1. Does Steve Shutt's #22 deserve to be hanging with our other retired numbers?

    • Most definitely!
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    • No way!
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I for one am shocked that we haven't heard any mention of retiring Shutt's #22.

I know that Begin was sporting the #22 during his time with Montreal and that you (usually) don't retire a number, that a present player is wearing. Steve Begin is gone, so this opens the door to honor Steve Shutt for his time with the Habs.

Many will say that Lafleur was the real star back then (which he was, but not the only one), but I don't think that Lafleur would've had as many points/goals if it wasn't for Shutt.

To me, it's the same situation as Tampa with Vinny and St Louis. Everyone talks about Vinny, but Vinny does owe a lot to his "5 foot wonder winger" St Louis. Just like St Louis and Vinny, Lafleur and Shutt were always linemates. Even in the '76 Canada Cup, who was Guy's linemates... You got it, non other than Steve Shutt.

Not to take away from the talent that Guy and Vinny had/have, but every once in a while, you find a line combo that should never be split up. Sure, on their own they would've amassed a lot of goals, but together they were unstoppable!

Shutt and Lafleur were originally paired up with Pete Mahovlich, but are better known for the Lafleur/Lemaire/Shutt line. It was an unstoppable line, if you doubled up on Lafleur, Shutt would bang em in and if you doubled up on Shutt, Lafleur would net em; then there was always Lemaire who could net em as well. Lemaire centered two of the best wingers of the late 70's. Not only were Guy and Steve paired up for the '76 Canada cup, they were also paired up for several all-star games. Maybe it's just coincidence, but Guy's game dropped when Shutt retired. Guy Lafleur ended up retiring only months after Shutt. Shutt retired at the end of the 83-84 season and Guy retired just a month into the 84-85 season. This leads me to believe that Lafleur owes a lot to his his former linemate.

I find it a shame that the league recognized Shutt's accomplishments by induct him into the Hockey Hall of Fame ('93), but the Habs have yet to honor him. He played his entire career in the Habs uniform, despite growing up in Toronto and raised as a leafs fan. Once Shutt put on that Habs jersey, he threw away his leafs jersey and never looked back.

Shutt was a part of the '76 Habs team, a team that many call the best team ever. Not only was he part of that team, but he was our leading goal scorer. He won a total of 5 Stanley Cups with the Habs, before hanging up his skates in '84. A natural goal scorer who deserves to be remembered/honored.

If many of you are too young to remember Steve Shutt, you don't need to look very far to see his accomplishments. His name can be found many times in the Habs record books, not the most graceful scorer, but a scorer non the less.

Thank you Steve, even if the Habs organization doesn't recognize you, I will never forget you... Imho, you deserve to have your number hanging from the Bell/Molson(?) center, along side all the other great numbers/players that have contributed to our great history.

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I don't often hear a lot of appreciation for our first 60 goal scorer. This guy was one amazing scorer, and definetely deserves to have his number retired. I'd be in favor of it. There are so many things I read about this guy that get me thinking "why don't I hear more about the great number 22?"

My vote is a yes!

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Yes he deserves it... however having said that I doubt its going to happen.

I am preety sure the Habs are done retiring numbers for now. They went in order of recent play and Roy was the last.

A case could be made for several others too not just shut. Toe Blake, Guy Lapointe just to name two. We have 44 Hall of Famers. Thats a lot of numbers to retire if we where to honnor them all.

Just be happy you can see Shutt on the ring of honnor.

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#11 Steve Shutt

Steve shutt was a well respected player to his teamates/fans.

He was smooth,class act of a fellow,still is.

Shutt is the only habs player to ever have a 60 goal season,and he sure was great along side my idol growing up,Lafleur.

5 time cup champion,hall of famer.

His 408 reg.season goals are tops for a left-winger & 5th place overall on the habs all-time list,while his 776 points rank him 8th in that catagory.

No other habs player has matched Shutt's 9 consective 30-goal season's & only Lafleur had manage to equal Shutt's 60 goal season.

I for one enjoyed growing up watching Shutt play for our habs.

Yes,I have noooooo problem with #22 being retired,be happy to see it,and for Steve.

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#11 Steve Shutt

Steve shutt was a well respected player to his teamates/fans.

He was smooth,class act of a fellow,still is.

Shutt is the only habs player to ever have a 60 goal season,and he sure was great along side my idol growing up,Lafleur.

5 time cup champion,hall of famer.

His 408 reg.season goals are tops for a left-winger & 5th place overall on the habs all-time list,while his 776 points rank him 8th in that catagory.

No other habs player has matched Shutt's 9 consective 30-goal season's & only Lafleur had manage to equal Shutt's 60 goal season.

I for one enjoyed growing up watching Shutt play for our habs.

Yes,I have noooooo problem with #22 being retired,be happy to see it,and for Steve.

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Happy to see others share my opinion... It's funny cos when I talk to other Habs fans about past players, it's always the same, Gainey, Lafleur, Robinson, Richard, Carbo, Dryden, Beliveau, ect... But no one ever talks about #22. Some I'm sure has to do with local star Guy Lafleur, who-don't get me wrong-was an amazing RW-er. A local Quebecer will always been a fan favorite in this city. Guy deserves all the praise he gets, I just want people to also remember the line mate who helped Guy become the great RWer.

I guess Shutt can be compared to Batman's sidekick Boy Wonder-Robin. Growing up, every kid wanted to be Batman, but we can't forget that Batman needed Robin to be Batman, just like Lafleur needed Shutt to be the Flower.

Shutt gave this city his best years, played his whole career in the bleu-blanc-rouge. I just like to see the city show our appreciation, for the Toronto born player who became a Montrealer and who helped us win our 5 Stanley Cups during the '70's.

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That would be a BIG YES for me. My favourite player growing up.He was overshadowed by the great Lafleur but i have no doubt any other team would have retired his number by now. We have been blessed by so many former great players, and many are deserving of the honour and at the very least,,, the Habs have taken the step of acknowledging most of them with the ring of honour. Shutt IMO needs to be in the rafters. ;)

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My vote for the next number to be retired goes to #16 Elmer Lach. When he retired, he was the leagues leading scorer :

664 regular season games, scoring 215 goals and 408 assists for 623 points, as well as 76 postseason games, where he scored 19 goals and 45 assists for 64 points. He was magic with the 'Rocket'.

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My vote for the next number to be retired goes to #16 Elmer Lach. When he retired, he was the leagues leading scorer :

664 regular season games, scoring 215 goals and 408 assists for 623 points, as well as 76 postseason games, where he scored 19 goals and 45 assists for 64 points. He was magic with the 'Rocket'.

Yes, I agree with you 100%. What would it take, not much really, the number has already been retired, we'll just be adding another name to it.

I could be wrong, but I think it's happened before where 2 players were recognized for the same #.

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Yes, I agree with you 100%. What would it take, not much really, the number has already been retired, we'll just be adding another name to it.

I could be wrong, but I think it's happened before where 2 players were recognized for the same #.

Hummmm,did not realize that.

Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer have both been honored with the retirement of the #12.

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