I'd just like to take this time to say "I told you so". About 4-5 years back, when Vrbata was with Carolina, I had a heated debate with some people who may or may not still read this message board. I mentioned that Vrbata was a selfish player and that he would end up bouncing from team to team until he eventually got his sorry butt back to Europe.
and you were dead right. bates f-ing battaglia sucked too, but it was crap for crap, I always thought. and then crap for a good player, Kono.
Yeah it's so sad for Kono...but better retired than the possible alternative...
I am still glad that Kono had his condition diagnosed and not have it end up the way Fischer, or even more recently and tragically Cherepanov ended up. Sometimes you realize that hockey is not as important as life.
I still miss Kono though, fantastic player, amazing third liner and pretty good second liner as well.