Don't panic Bolts fans, I only have a question. I'm watching a Q and A with Jay Feaster about the state of the Flames, and he mentioned a player who he thought 'pulled the chute' on the team; he talked to the doctor and the doctor said he had an anxiety attack. He was apparently the team's highest paid player, and when Feaster told Tortorella that it was his last game in a Lightning uniform, Torts didn't seem all that broken up about it.
Does anyone remember the result of this, and who was the player?
Only person who qualifies given that criteria is Brad Richards. He was dealt to the Stars for what eventually proved to be garbage and Feaster played it off in the newspaper as a salary issue with the new ownership and not because of the play of Richards.
Unless I'm totally missing someone I don't recall a situation even close to that. Without looking up salaries, under Feaster I believe our highest paid players were Marty and Richards and only Marty has been waived but not by us.
I would guess its in the 2000 or 2001 season prior to St. Louis, Lecavalier, Richards, or Boyle making the most on the team. I guess it'd have to be 01 or later if the part about Torts is accurate. Zyuzin? Barnaby? Someone totally unremarkable and all too forgettable...that made the most money on a bad/rebuilding team.
Missed remainder of 2000-01 season with concussion and broken nose, suffered when he was checked into the boards by Shane Doan in Tampa Bay's Dec. 14, 2000, game at Phoenix and went face-first into his own stick as he fell. The injury led to post-concussion syndrome, which ended his career. When it became apparent he could not come back, he finally opted to retire from the NHL following the 2001-02 season at the age of 36.