Yet another defencemen retires

TSN is reporting that St.Louis defencemen Al MacInnis has decided to call it a career. It is expected to be announced sometime friday morning. With Pronger already sent off to Edmonton, MacInnis retiring leaves a substancial gap on the St.Louis blue line!

Look for St.Louis to be alot younger on the back end this season


27 Responses to Yet another defencemen retires

  1. Air33 says:

    Damn I was sure he was going to be traded to the leafs.

  2. WeedIan says:

    ha ha ha.

    nice comment *rolls eyes*

  3. Aetherial says:

    I think Patrick did, or is about to, announce his retirement also.

  4. WeedIan says:

    I didn’t see this coming lol jk.

    I think because of the lockout he delayed his retirement to see if there was a small chance he would be able to come back for one last season so he didn’t have to end his career on a horrible down note.

    Another of the greats from the late 80s is gone.

  5. Marcus33 says:

    This is a huge blow to St. Louis, but, I am glad to see MacInnis go out and remember him as the great defenceman he is!! MacInnis inspired me to play defence when he was in Calgary, as this is where I grew up and continue to live. I can’t wait to see him back in Calgary to get his number retired, and you can bet I will be there to give him the standing ovation he deserves!! Here is a salute to the games hardest shot and one of the best defencemen (I believe) to ever play the game!!

  6. NYRules says:

    With all of these retirings of greats i tihnk it would make it even more appropriate for Messier to retire. The main reason i originally wanted him to retire was that i expected him to and had gone to his last game with the standing ovation for the last 10 minutes of the game plus more time after the game ad ended. It was truly a great night and i dont think itll get better than that.

    I’m assuming we will hear his retirement soon, if not then hes signing in NY EDM or possibly FLA

  7. Freeze says:

    Did MacInnis have the hardest slap shot in the history of the NHL?

    I think he may have. I’m trying to think of who had a better shot and I can’t. Goaltenders were afraid of this guy.

  8. wingerxxx says:

    Two words for ya: Al Iafrate. Problem was, Iafrate wasn’t exactly the brightest defenseman in the world. But he’s about the only guy I can think of that could rifle a puck faster than Mac.

  9. wingerxxx says:

    Now maybe Rob Blake can win the hardest shot contest at the All-Star skills competition! Seriously, what a great player. I’m sad to see him go. It seems like the older vets are leaving in droves now, with Stevens and Damphousse hanging it up. MacInnis has a Stanley Cup, a Norris Trophy…he was playing great hockey before his injury…I think he did go out on top, when it’s all said and done. Jackman and Brewer will really have to step it up this year.

  10. Freeze says:

    Yea, he was another one.

    What was pretty rare about MacInnis was he used a wood stick when almost everyone else used a composite stick.

  11. distance7 says:

    I don’t see how people use composite crap…I get no feel of the puck using those things. And it’d be nice to not see 20 broken sticks a game. Snapping twigs on powerplays is the most annoying thing to see any team do.

  12. Gretzkin says:

    To see Stevens go hurts a bit. Best open ice hitter ever?

    Damphousse. Classy good player. Good career.

    But MacInnis??? I knew it was going to happen. This is truly a sad day.

    He is by far (behind Wayne) my favorite player of all time. i modelled myself after him on the ice as a kid.

    I’m sure there are a few goalies out there who are whiping their brows. Especially with the shrinkage in equipment.

  13. habsoverserver says:

    MacInnis will be sorely missed. However, I speak for Habs fans everywhere when I ask – why couldn’t he have retired sometime right before the 88-89 playoffs?

  14. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    All I have to say is:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  15. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    OOOPS wrong thread lol, this was supposed to be for Hatcher. Now I know what blondes feel like. Al Macinnis is great D-man, a shoe in for the hall of fame. Good luck to him in the future, I hope the eye is alright. I have nothing but respect for Al Macinnis.

  16. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS says:

    PLEASE DISREGARD MY PREVIOUS POST!!!!

  17. goleafsgo1991 says:

    No MacInnis has won the All-Star Skills Contest almost everytime he’s been at the Game since 1994 I think. In the skills competitions that test they entire league in speed of skating and strength of shot however, I think John Leclair, Fredrik Modin, and Glen Murray generally have the hardest.

    I also believe Al Iafrates All-Star Skills Record is higher than MacInnis’s…like 114mph…and I believe Bobby Hull had one that was clocked at 125mph.

    I did see a clip of MacInnis however, shooting on goal and scoring and because they had it in slo-mo you could barely see the blur of the puck.

  18. mojo19 says:

    stupid joke, and he was a UFA so it would have been a signing not a trade…

  19. wingerxxx says:

    Of those guys, I have to give the edge to Modin. LeClair’s wonky back has taken some steam off of his slapper. And Iafrate does have the official record I believe, for the skills competition. Iafrate probably hit it a bit harder, but MacInnis had infinitely better touch.

  20. monley89 says:

    sad to see a great guy have to put up the skates due to age and injury 🙁

  21. archemedes says:

    I knew it was comming, but he will be missed

  22. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    should have happened 2-3 seasons ago!

    by the way there’s a great 1975 blues yearbook, and 1979 blues game program on ebay under item number 5240650117

  23. wingerxxx says:

    I’d like to know why this post hasn’t gotten more comments. Come on. This is Al MacInnis we’re talking about here.

  24. kamullia says:

    I loved MacInnis. Great player and a class act guy. But I think this was very foreseeable and maybe this is why people have not posted much on it, because they expected it.

    I frankly wished he would have played one more year, just to see him one last time.

  25. TheHead says:

    Leafs are interested in Shane Doan and Marian Gaborik now that Zetterberg is out of the picture according to rumours both teams want Aki Berg, Alex Steen, Kyle Wellwood, Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky in return.

  26. wingerxxx says:

    That is a good point. It just pains me when a Mariusz freaking Czerkawski post gets over 200 comments, and then an article about one of the all time great defensemen in the league gets only like 30 comments or so. Something just seems wrong about that, ya know?

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