Owen Nolan Not Coming Back!

I have just learned that Owen Nolan will not be coming back to the NHL this year! He underwent knee surgery a few months ago and has recovered to about 99%. When he comes back he wants to make sure he will be at 100%, so he won’t get injured again.

Looks like the only way for a team to find scroing help for the playoffs is through trade! How will this

have an impact the trade deadline and where do you think Nolan will go in the off-season?

24 Responses to Owen Nolan Not Coming Back!

  1. wingerxxx says:

    I don’t know how many teams were truly interested in Nolan, but I think that there were always better routes to take. Any time a power forward misses as much time as Nolan has, it’s never, ever good. Especially when they are on the decline, like Nolan has been for a while. Guys like Nolan, Guerin, Bertuzzi, etc. just aren’t the players they once were. And he isn’t getting any younger.

  2. gregpb says:

    Nolan’s time has passed. We will all remember that sweet goal he scored on Hasek in the All-Star game though that is for certain. Anyone born in Belfast Ireland that makes it to the NHL is a star in my books. Atta boy OWEN!!!! See ya next year!!!!

  3. Sharks06 says:

    Nolan isnt a first line Winger like he used to be, teams might find him useful for a 3rd or even checking line. I can see him coming back to the Sharks for a farewell run next season. The Sharks could use some 3rd line scoring and not rely as much on their first line to score like they always do.

  4. N25philly says:

    No bif loss…

  5. Gretzkin says:

    Not a bad idea on Owen’s part.

    I think coming back this late in the year for a playoff run, or perhaps an attempt at putting San Jose into the playoffs, would have only ended in disappointment.

    The excitement and expectations would be too high, and keeping in mind Nolan would have to also adjust to the new rules, I think he’s better off waiting and starting out again at the beginning of next season.

    He’s younger than most people expect. He only just turned 33, which isn’t young, but I’d think he’s got a good 5 years left in him.

    His style of play has taken it’s toll on him, but the changes to the way the game has played will allow the power forwards to not wreak so much physical havoc on themselves.

    I think he will be welcomed back to San Jose with open arms, and perhaps he’ll take a low salary in sort of a, “hey guys, let me prove I can still do it”.

  6. habsoverserver says:

    Maybe he has an insurance policy that gets voided if he plays this season.

    In the NHL, nobody is at 100% come playoff time.

  7. Sharkie says:

    Just for the sake of argument, where did you get this information from?

  8. flowbish1 says:

    At least one came back and still has a good return:Gary Roberts.Remember,the guy missed 1 year and came back with Hurricanes,played his first 15-20 games with a broken foot suffers on a shot that he got on one of his first shift (read that in the Globe and Mail at the time) and the guy is still playing!

    That means that a guy like Nolan could maybe come back for a 3-5 years.He’ll train,don’t worry,just like Gary did (and Gary’s injury was worse,it was in the neck and back)

    See ya!


  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I like Nolan, but I feel he kinda deserves this.

  10. Genejoke says:

    Strange, I thought he was going to be a Senator so he could extract his revenge on Toronto. Yet another half baked Sens rumour. Seriously Sens fans, relax on the rumours or you’ll be the next Maple Leafs and we both know that’s not what you want.

  11. wingerxxx says:

    Those are good points…but Owen Nolan ain’t Gary Roberts.

  12. GaryPuck says:

    This is bogus information.

    This PaulK123 guys is the same one who said he knew jfj and all the trades were top secret, but he knew them all.

    Go back to myspace and look for a date…..

  13. Genejoke says:


    Perhaps you should do some research before completely slamming a guy that has his information right (Even though it would have been nice if he provided the link).

  14. kicksave856 says:

    Well, wait… DID he say he knew JFJ??

  15. laserman says:

    Not only that, but he has the rule changes to deal with as well…

  16. wingerxxx says:

    That is the biggest thing. The rule changes have not been kind to the big guys at all. The only real power forward who is having a really good year is Keith Tkachuk, and he has missed half the season. Plus he had an awful Olympics.

    Most of the top 20 scorers in the league are guys like Jagr, Alfredsson, Tanguay, Thornton…guys who rely more on skating and pure skill than raw power to get the job done. Considering just how long Nolan has been gone…he’s not just going to jump back in and pop in 25 goals. It’ll be the challenge of his career. Another reason why I think he should be a fallback plan for any team in the league looking for scoring help.

  17. NemiNA says:

    Yea. He definatley did. I don’t remember the article, but someone challenged his source. He said he know JFJ directly “through another source”. We have a clear winner in our ranks.

  18. PaulK123 says:

    I do know JFJ directly, thats my source and where I get it from, all of my info for my Leafs articles I get from the teams that JFJ calls/teams that call JFJ.

    Thats my Leafs source!

  19. PittFan017 says:

    I just think the timing of this whole announcement was alittle unprofessional. When you have teams using their resources up to try and recruit you to play for them, its only professional to let them know that you won’t be ready. Now the teams that were in pursuit of this type of player( a leader with enough talent to make somewhat significant contributions in the playoffs) will go have to pay high prices for these types of player. i.e. Jokinen, Roberts, Tucker, LeClair, and maybe even Bertuzzi in that category.

  20. dcz28 says:

    Funny i didn’t see any posts about him going to Ottawa on this article and he was rumoured to be going to San Jose, Calgary and Philly even more then Ottawa

    Ottawa is looking for players for the cup run and everybody knows that so its normal that a lot of rumours are being made up linking the Sens to players that are said to be available…my Wings on the other hand are close to the cap max so i know they will only make a minor move for a depth player…so where is the fun in speculating about that since i know they will probably only do one minor move?

    Personally i dont think Nolan would have done much for the Sens if only to add some depth incase of injuries…also Jokinen should go elsewhere if he costs the Sens more then draft picks since he would only be a playoff rental, Loungo will make too much soon so i don’t see the Sens getting him…as for Bertuzzi i think he would be a great fit for the team but his salary and what he might cost to trade for might not be a good thing for the Sens unless they already know that Chara or Redden or both will be gone this summer as UFA’s giving them more room under the cap and funds to pay for the players they get but IMO they should only go for UFA’s and try and keep both Redden and Chara since its harder to find a good dman then a good forward… like the saying goes ” Defense wins championships “

  21. dcz28 says:

    I dont think any NHL GM’s would be giving info on possible trades to someone (outside the team) to post on the net or he would or should get fired for it since it could destroy the trades in progress or trade talks

    Most of the trades that happen are deals that are not mentioned till they are done

  22. PaulK123 says:

    I only say the possibilities, I don’t say the exact players involved in the talks at ll, if I did MLSE would be very mad at me.

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