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VANCOUVER -- Former Vancouver Canuck captain Markus Naslund says he's humbled and proud that the NHL team has decided to retire his jersey.

Naslund's No. 19 will officially be retired Dec. 11. It's part of the Canucks' plan to celebrate the team's 40 years in the NHL.

Naslund, speaking on a telephone conference call from his home in Sweden, says the best part about being a Canuck was the friends he made on the team.

His biggest disappointment was not winning a Stanley Cup with some very good Canuck teams.

Naslund played 12 years with the Canucks and was the team's captain for eight seasons. He scored 346 goals and remains the Canucks leading scorer with 756 points.

Naslund left the Canucks in 2008 to play with the New York Rangers. He retired after the 2008-09 season.

Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl are the only two other Canuck players to have their sweaters retired.

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VANCOUVER -- Former Vancouver Canuck captain Markus Naslund says he's humbled and proud that the NHL team has decided to retire his jersey.

Naslund's No. 19 will officially be retired Dec. 11. It's part of the Canucks' plan to celebrate the team's 40 years in the NHL.

Naslund, speaking on a telephone conference call from his home in Sweden, says the best part about being a Canuck was the friends he made on the team.

His biggest disappointment was not winning a Stanley Cup with some very good Canuck teams.

Naslund played 12 years with the Canucks and was the team's captain for eight seasons. He scored 346 goals and remains the Canucks leading scorer with 756 points.

Naslund left the Canucks in 2008 to play with the New York Rangers. He retired after the 2008-09 season.

Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl are the only two other Canuck players to have their sweaters retired.

TSN.

BUT BUT he didnt win no cupzzzz!!!111

koivu haters rush in

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we have 24 ... they have ...

our standards are obviously going to be different than theirs lol

so i guess being the second longest serving captains

one of the best pointers in team history DESPITE being on a crappy canadiens formation

being the first european captain of this team

being an outstanding man in the community, like that mri you know? he didn't even have to do that for PR' he did it cause he gave a damn.

of course, don't retire him now but he deserves to get his number retired about 5 years after he retires; the nhl has changed, we will never get people like henri who won 11 cups with the habs, face it; we are not going to be a super dynasty this century. Time to actually retire a number based on more than just ''cups''

by any means i'm not insulting you or being mean to you but this player has done what it takes to have his number retired in my books, we are in a different nhl.

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Guys the comparisons between what Naslund did for his team, and its history - and what Koivu did for this team, and its history are silly. When you evaluate a players career & whether his jersey deserves to be retired, you HAVE to consider the history of the franchise as well and the reality is, we have had a hell of a lot of great players on this team over the years.

The reality is that aside from maybe Bure, Gradin or Brodeur, Naslund is the best player ever to play for the canucks - certainly amongst the most important ever to don that sweater. As much as we may all love Koivu, there are DOZENS of great players over our 100 year history that were as good or better and did not have their jerseys retired.

I still would not be opposed to retiring the Jersey in the near future (not yet by a long-shot) but not just for koivu - in honor of the many other greats that have worn that number for the CH. in fact, i believe there was only 2 years (prior to this last one) where it was not worn in the past 100 years. Thats a lot of great players, considering this team.

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so i guess being the second longest serving captains

one of the best pointers in team history DESPITE being on a crappy canadiens formation

being the first european captain of this team

being an outstanding man in the community, like that mri you know? he didn't even have to do that for PR' he did it cause he gave a damn.

of course, don't retire him now but he deserves to get his number retired about 5 years after he retires; the nhl has changed, we will never get people like henri who won 11 cups with the habs, face it; we are not going to be a super dynasty this century. Time to actually retire a number based on more than just ''cups''

by any means i'm not insulting you or being mean to you but this player has done what it takes to have his number retired in my books, we are in a different nhl.

Very well said. This era is much different than the past glory years and thus the criteria for having your number retired should reflect that. There is no one I can think of besides Koivu that represented this team better between 1995 to 2009 than Saku.

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Guys the comparisons between what Naslund did for his team, and its history - and what Koivu did for this team, and its history are silly. When you evaluate a players career & whether his jersey deserves to be retired, you HAVE to consider the history of the franchise as well and the reality is, we have had a hell of a lot of great players on this team over the years.

The reality is that aside from maybe Bure, Gradin or Brodeur, Naslund is the best player ever to play for the canucks - certainly amongst the most important ever to don that sweater. As much as we may all love Koivu, there are DOZENS of great players over our 100 year history that were as good or better and did not have their jerseys retired.

I still would not be opposed to retiring the Jersey in the near future (not yet by a long-shot) but not just for koivu - in honor of the many other greats that have worn that number for the CH. in fact, i believe there was only 2 years (prior to this last one) where it was not worn in the past 100 years. Thats a lot of great players, considering this team.

thats the biggest point here i think ... in terms of naslund and koivu ... naslund was probably the best to do it for the canucks in that franchise's history ... i mean before you retire koivus 11 wouldnt you have to consider yvon lambert ...

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thats the biggest point here i think ... in terms of naslund and koivu ... naslund was probably the best to do it for the canucks in that franchise's history ... i mean before you retire koivus 11 wouldnt you have to consider yvon lambert ...

nothing's stoping us from retiring them both?

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thats the biggest point here i think ... in terms of naslund and koivu ... naslund was probably the best to do it for the canucks in that franchise's history ... i mean before you retire koivus 11 wouldnt you have to consider yvon lambert ...

Had the pleasure of watching both players careers but if were doing an overall comparison as to which is more deserving ( and i loved Yvon too),,,Saku gets my vote hands down.

As far as Naslund getting honored,,,different team=different standards.

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Had the pleasure of watching both players careers but if were doing an overall comparison as to which is more deserving ( and i loved Yvon too),,,Saku gets my vote hands down.

As far as Naslund getting honored,,,different team=different standards.

different lague = not same domination = rules change :D

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A bit surprising they'd retire it this early, considering Naslund wasn't exactly legendary. I mean the four seasons before the lockout he was on one of the best lines in the NHL and put up four straight seasons where he was over PPG (not far over, but still a good feat), and the first year after the lockout wasn't bad either (although under a PPG), and he won one Lester B Pearson (Ted Lindsay now) award. However, the rest of his career was mediocre.

I think the standards for the Canucks are probably pretty low given you can't really think of many "stars" that have donned the jersey in the past, still seems like a very quick decision, gone from the NHL 1 season, for a player who on a team like the Habs probably would never have it retired. At least wait a little: he's not Gretzky.

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A bit surprising they'd retire it this early, considering Naslund wasn't exactly legendary. I mean the four seasons before the lockout he was on one of the best lines in the NHL and put up four straight seasons where he was over PPG (not far over, but still a good feat), and the first year after the lockout wasn't bad either (although under a PPG), and he won one Lester B Pearson (Ted Lindsay now) award. However, the rest of his career was mediocre.

I think the standards for the Canucks are probably pretty low given you can't really think of many "stars" that have donned the jersey in the past, still seems like a very quick decision, gone from the NHL 1 season, for a player who on a team like the Habs probably would never have it retired. At least wait a little: he's not Gretzky.

I agree... I found this a lil quick myself. Considering many fans at the end couldn't wait for him and his contract to leave Vancouver.

I guess people have short memories in Vancouver. In 07-08 I remember talking to a nucks fan who was fed up with Naslund. No question he was a good player, but his final years in nuckland were far from his best and the money spent on the guy didn't come close to his point production.

Good for him... He left Vancouver on a sour note, but at least the city is showing their gratitude for his good years. The team might've made this decision due to the way he left. He did have quite a few good years with the Nucks, but it was obvious at the end, that his time had come.

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