Who's going next….?
At the end of every NHL there’s always both the good and the bad. The conclusion to a good run in the playoffs. The definitive Stanley Cup Champions decided (hopefully a team of your liking). And of the course the news of all the players coming and going.
But although many players announce their retirement months, even sometimes years in advance, I’d like to take some of the mystery away, or just state what’s been mentioned.
First to I think is former Red Wing and Shark, Igor Larinov. The professor went to the Devils this season after the Wings failed to offer him a contract. Igor has been a minor, though sometimes effective member of the New Jersey Lineup this year, but his skills have visibly been tarnished. As well as the fact he’s been injured quite a bit. He mentioned retirement last, as seen he didn’t and he has hinted about putting the skates away for good again this season. So I think he’d be first to go.
Another guy that may never tie the laces again might be Dave Andrechuck. Playing 19 seasons for
6 different teams including Colorado, Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, Toronto, and Tampa Bay has left him with a pretty satisfactory career. His 1302 career pts leave him at the top of the list so i think he’ll give it up after this year. 40 wouldn’t be a bad age for him to retire either.
A Ranger is on the list, and no it is not Jaromir Jagr. Try Mark Messier, the legendary center who played with the likes of that horrible linemate known as Gretzky. Messier was also thought to retire this year, as well as maybe be pick up by his former team the Oilers. But the Rangers decided to pick him back up for one more year. He has played in 1728 games and earned 1869pts in that time. At the age of 42 he has firmly stated that this is probably his last year.
The Hurricanes might lose a captain of their own this year, Ronny Francis. Once a star, Francis has faded in the past few years, probably due to the lack of his team’s contention. Amazingly he has only played for two teams, Pittsburgh and Carolina, his entire 24 year career in the NHL. Reports stay he is seriously considering retirement. He is currently 40yrs old.
This next guy, might not necessarily be retiring just well, FORCED from his duties. As you might have guessed its the Dominator. He’s retired once and I’m not surprised if he’ll do it again this offseason. His comeback, is very short of that, being outplayed by his co-worker Cujo.
The 3rd highest scorer of all time might also be retiring this year too. That’s right, Brett Hull. He’s already 39 and his 17 years with Calgary, St. Louis, Dallas, and the Wings have left him handful and happy.
You might have known this, but Mario Lemiux is also considering retirement again. After having hip surgery, he might just consider ending his career for the second time and taking over the ailing Penguins organization.
This next guy is usually known as the master of assists and well, passing. He’s and Edmonton Oiler now, and struggling. Adam Oates is the name and 41 and still playing the game. Starting a career in Detroit in 85′, many thought his last run was in the STF last year, but someone found a need for him, sadly it will likely be his last.
40yr old MacInnis may have had one injuries too many finally. Following with a detached retina this season, injury has plagued him the past few years. He has neither denied nor acknowledged retiring, but if he doesn’t feel like returning in fear of serious injury, he may put the stick in the rafters along with his jersey soon.
Wow. This name is big and I really don’t want to mention it because I don’t want to believe it. Once he is gone we know an era is gone. Stevy Y. Steve Yzerman. The Captain. 20 great seasons in Detroit. He helped win 3 cups there. Lets just say or call him Gordy Jr and hope he doesn’t retire for another decade.
Well that’s it. Any I missed let me know.