The biggest problem that I have with the mulling over Joe's decision is
#1: there is no wave of players, in my opinion, that can replace him if he chooses to retire. Take Detroit for instance (I can't believe I'm using them as a reference other than I watch them almost as much as I watch the Avs STRICKTLY cuz I live in Detroit. Look at my other post, I hate them). Yzerman retired and Lidstrom took over. They still had guys like Draper, Maltby, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, (reaquiring) Osgood, and Holmstrom to lessen the blow. It was almost seemless to them. The only guys we have on the roster that were with any of the Cup winning teams are Foote (who's gone soon), and Hejduk. The other guys that we have some sort of familiarity with, i.e. Liles, Svatos, Clark, (all which people are saying should be shopped), and Statsny, I'm just not that comfortable with passing the leadership down to them, especially after seeing what the Avs are capable of doing to fan favorites (Smyth and Lappy, and Tanguay, Drury, and Aebischer not too long ago).
#2: No one really seems to care and just address it as whether or not he comes back. Maybe thats just me not wanting to concede that we should just move forward with or without a legitimate "heir" to the team once he's gone and just go with a complete "wipe the board clean" approach.