June 11, 2010 1:49 pm

Who should be next?

The spirited debate the other day about whether the Kings should retire Rob Blake’s jersey led me to a question: who, if anyone, should join Marcel Dionne, Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Dave Taylor and Rogie Vachon on the Staples Center wall?

There are a few potential candidates. Blake ranks seventh in franchise history in points (494) and 11th in goals (161), both highs among defensemen. Jim Fox ranks eighth in points (479) and ninth in goals (186). Butch Goring ranks fifth in goals (275) and sixth in points (659). Bernie Nicholls ranks fourth in goals (327) and fifth in points (758). Charlie Simmer ranks seventh in goals (222) and ninth in points (466). Then there’s Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller, who could be honored the way the Lakers honored Chick Hearn, with a banner that featured a microphone rather than a number.

Or, perhaps, do you think the Kings should wait and see how this generation of players turns out before they retire any more numbers? You can vote below, and you can vote for as many choices as you feel are worthy…


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