Well I guess Eric Messier won’t be getting his number retired and I guess Matt Hunwick didn’t want to give up No. 22.
While I don’t know for sure about the latter Nathan MacKinnon will not wear his former number 22 – currently worn by Hunwick – with the Avalanche his rookie season.

MacKinnon announced on his Twitter feed today that he’ll wear No. 29.

The last Avs player to wear that number was Ryan Stoa. Prior to that Scott Parker wore it for one season in 2007 and before that the only other Avs player to wear the number was Eric Messier.