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06-08-2004, 09:05 AM
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So, Does Dave Andreychuk Retire Now?

Perhaps you guys know the answer to this and it's common knowledge but for those of us who don't, what does Dave Andreychuk do now? Does he retire to the front office or stay on the team? When does his contract expire?

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Perhaps you guys know the answer to this and it's common knowledge but for those of us who don't, what does Dave Andreychuk do now? Does he retire to the front office or stay on the team? When does his contract expire?

Congrats on a well fought and hard earned Cup.

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Last night in an interview on CBC, he said that if the team wanted him back, he'd be back for at least one more season. He does not want to stop playing right now.

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I'm so split. I don't want him to go, and yet I want him to go out on top and not be forced to retire because of injury or something sad like that. Dave's a big strong guy but age eventually catches up to all of us. I guess the compromise is he stays on as a coach or someone in the front office. It's been brought up before. Now he's just gotta worry about enjoying every moment of this, though! Then I'm sure he'll give it some serious thought as to what he'll do next. Wouldn't be surprised if he wants to try and do it again. Another factor is the lockout and how long it'll be however..

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Exactly. I don't want him to go, but it would be a great way to end his career. A better question would be, if Andy retired; which jersey would he hang in the hall of fame?

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Gotta be the Bolts jersey. What he accomplished in that locker room is greater than any stats he put up anywhere else.

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Gotta be the Bolts jersey. What he accomplished in that locker room is greater than any stats he put up anywhere else.
I agree with you..but on the other hand we had the same situation with Ray Bourque and he accomplished with Avs much more than with the Bruins...

Many fans thought his # shouldn't have been retired by the Avs...

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The Avs were a championship caliber team before Ray got there though. Even though he played great and contributed a lot I think Bourque was more along for the ride in Colorado than Dave was in Tampa. Ray had Sakic, Hejduk, Foote, etc. waiting for him. Andy had to help mold Vinny and Brad and Marty into the guys that would lead the way. He had to change the whole mindset in the locker room practically on his own. Also Dave has made more stops around the league. The closest tie he has is with Buffalo I suppose but it's not like #77 with Boston where that is all he had known before leaving on his quest for the Cup. Ray was the face of the Bruins for a long long time, so it makes sense to see a B's jersey in the hall for him and to continue to associate him with Boston even though I'm sure Avs fans love him dearly.

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http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hnic...04/waiter.html

I just thought this was funny, and didn't know where else to post it.

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Exactly. I don't want him to go, but it would be a great way to end his career. A better question would be, if Andy retired; which jersey would he hang in the hall of fame?
Sabres?

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I would say Sabres.

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I would say Sabres.
Here in Buffalo we love him. But he did win the Cup here, but he accomplished the most here in Buffalo, besides the Cup.

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Andy hates Buffalo...

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My 2 cents...

If anyone views this man's career objectively based on the facts you know the following:

1.) He's one of the three greatest power play goal scorers in the history of the game.

2.) He's one of the best 20-25 or so left wingers in the history of the game.

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3.) And here's the sticky one: his name belongs in a tier just below Beliveau and Messier as far as leadership goes based on the job he has done to get the Lightning where they are today. He took this team from 50+ game losing seasons three years straight to the promised land in the same amount of time. That's amazing... in fact its practically unbelievable.

Unfortunately, I think it may take multiple cups to somehow get that point etched into the minds of the hockey media... because they have no clue generally about Lightning hockey and subsequently have no clue about the transformation he helped kick off here.

That said, from an objective standpoint if you take out media ignorance and anti-Lightning bias, the man should have nothing left to prove. He should retire as a champion and immediately move into an assistant coaching position either in Tampa or Springfield.

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He likes Buffalo, just doesnt like Lindy Ruff really.I dont know im up in the air which team he will have his jersey retired with, hes close with TB organization with Torts and Craig Ramsey there.He accomplished alot in Buffalo and ppl love him here and he spent i belive the mojority of his time with us so i dont know btw I REALLY regret trading Sarich and company for a waste like Gratton . Grats on Cup btw tbh i didnt care which won but i would like to see Iggy get a cup i really think hes the best player in the world for so many reason and a stand up guy sorry to get off topic :lol

EDIT:I think Torts and Rammer should get the majority of the cudoes as far as leadership is concerned i truly believe he had the most to with Vinny.As for other you guys got lucky with some prospects and St. Loius coming out of nowhere and fedotenko emerging, should be good for a long while with the talent you have down there, You coulld even spare a 20 goal scorer if ya wanted and be a superb team.Guys like Kubina and Sarich are only gonna get better.Please give Buffalo Grahame it bothered me he had to sit! We will give you Satan for him!


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I REALLY regret trading Sarich and company for a waste like Gratton .
At least Grats got the Sabres Danny Briere who stands head and shoulders(not in the literal sense) over Gratton as a hockey player.


Back on topic. I agree with pete. Dave should retire a champion. He has nothing else really to prove, and i'm almost positive that he could land a job somewhere in the organization.

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He likes Buffalo, just doesnt like Lindy Ruff really.I dont know im up in the air which team he will have his jersey retired with, hes close with TB organization with Torts and Craig Ramsey there.He accomplished alot in Buffalo and ppl love him here and he spent i belive the mojority of his time with us so i dont know btw I REALLY regret trading Sarich and company for a waste like Gratton . Grats on Cup btw tbh i didnt care which won but i would like to see Iggy get a cup i really think hes the best player in the world for so many reason and a stand up guy sorry to get off topic :lol

EDIT:I think Torts and Rammer should get the majority of the cudoes as far as leadership is concerned i truly believe he had the most to with Vinny.As for other you guys got lucky with some prospects and St. Loius coming out of nowhere and fedotenko emerging, should be good for a long while with the talent you have down there, You coulld even spare a 20 goal scorer if ya wanted and be a superb team.Guys like Kubina and Sarich are only gonna get better.Please give Buffalo Grahame it bothered me he had to sit! We will give you Satan for him!
Tortorella and Ramsey can preach, but without Andy there to show everyone how to prepare themselves off the ice, on the ice, and his endorsement into Tortorellas system...we could be years behind schedule in terms of this teams mental development. And thats exactly why he is one of the best leaders in the history of the game.

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[Dave Andreychuk] should retire as a champion and immediately move into an assistant coaching position either in Tampa or Springfield.
If he took a position with Springfield - which, I think, would be a longshot - that would be awesome! As a division rival, Manchester meets Springfield many, MANY times during the course of a season. Hell, even I might hang out by the walkway to try and get his autograph on my TBL Stanley Cup hat!

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Dave should retire a champion. He has nothing else really to prove, and i'm almost positive that he could land a job somewhere in the organization.
Ego, one prime component in a champion's makeup, sometimes gets in the way of the rational decision to retire gracefully. Do you think he's ready to retire? Is he actually the oldest NHL player, or just one of them? While he may not have anything left to prove, he may have more to contribute, such as motivational leadership both on and off the ice, nevermind his physical presence and outstanding capabilities in evidence during competition.

Do you not think he's got a couple more good years left? Who was the oldest player ever?

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Igor Larionov was the oldest guy on a roster at the start of season at like 42 or 43 for the Devils I believe. Chelios is also up there. Dave's "only" 40 by comparison. He can still contribute as a faceoff/powerplay specialist, but that deep passion and desire for the Cup has probably been quenched somewhat by now and could end up taking away from his game. The guy just knows flat out how to play though. He'll never embarass himself out there, just might not be as much of a difference maker as the time goes by.

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