Permit me to sound a little silly for a moment and go off the beaten path for period threads.. I have always felt that Saku Koivu's off-ice contributions and symbolic value far outweighed his on-ice contributions and "hockey" value (quotations in use because I'm not even sure what hockey value means, but let's say trophies, wins, goal, assists, and points). I think that was made clear in the pre-game ceremony honouring Koivu. What resonated most for me, was Saku's ability to inspire people and directly affect the lives of people off-ice. It's a rare example of possibility and actuality coming together. Saku put his money (almost literally) where his mouth was and because of that he has a very enduring legacy in Montreal. His teams didn't accomplish very much (for a variety of reasons, almost none of them related to Koivu's abilities), but as an individual Koivu accomplished a lot.
When I hear people speak of retiring Koivu's number 11, I'm not gung-ho about it. I'm not sure what I envision when I think of retired jerseys, but it's not necessarily Koivu. I usually think - Stanley Cups, Dominance, or Untimely End. Koivu doesn't really strike me as fitting any of those. However when I think statue - which I know seems grandiose - I think symbolic, leadership, people's hero. All of that conjures up Saku Koivu. It might seem ostentatious to celebrate a still living former Hab with a statue, but I think in Koivu's case it works. A statue speaks more to what he means to the city as a whole than it does to his hockey value. Just a thought.
First period: Ceremony was fantastic, anthem singing was weak, Ducks hemmed in Habs, Ducks scored, Habs sucked.
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