though he def comes back for 04-05 if there is a season. Heck he was kicking around the idea to return for 05-06
Yea, Messier would have been back in 04-05, at the end of the 03-04 season, he was 113 points away from 2000. If he had a healthy and productive season in 04-05, I'm sure he'd come back in 05-06 and make a run to 2000 career points.
Rob Ray [should've retired after Buffalo traded him away 2 seasons previously]
Peter Worrell [played for ECHL Charlotte in 2005-06 and then retired at age 28 yrs old)
[went to Europe and never returned]
Byron Dafoe [played 2 games in Russia in 2005-06]
Pat Burns coached his last game [NJ Devils]
Brian Sutter coached his last NHL game [coached Red Deer in 2007-08]
Glen Sather coached his last NHL game, stepping down and started climbing the NY Rangers front office.
I keep a list sorted by last NHL game yr to order hockey cards for these notable players that are from their last season in 03/04 (or from after showing their career stats if it's ever made). This list is much longer if you include guys who tried to come back the following season but couldn't play the full yr:
Damphousse Thomas S
Larionov Reichel Johansson C
Bure V Jonsson K
Morozov Salo T
If anyone has a really cheap base hockey card for one of those guys bolded from their last career season or a card made for them after that which shows their NHL stats and doesn't want the card then let me know, thx.
Btw here's a mixed list of some guys who might potentially retire this time if full season lockout. MAY have played their last NHL game because they're either without a contract atm or by the end of the yr or have injury issues:
Khabibulin, Aucoin, Gonchar all have contracts but are up there in age. Ohlund cos of injuries too.
These have already retired or aren't coming back from Europe I'd guess:
Didn't Messier spear someone in the groin a few games before his last one?
Messier speared Martin Strbek in the groin. He got a light suspension (2 games?) and this allowed him to play one or two more games to end the season. No doubt the light suspension was caused by Colin Campbell not wanting to have his old buddy finish his potential career in the press box. The late Wade Belak got 8 games for being careless with his stick and commented that if he were Mark Messier that suspension would be lighter. To be honest while Wade's incident looked accidental I truly believe he knew what he was doing to an extent and gave a little extra "mustard" on the swing.
Originally Posted by Jagorim Jarg
Didn't he retire because of his actions during lockout negotiations?
I'd like to hear that story about Damphousse. I know he was on the NHLPA committee at that time. Linden was the player's overall rep. and there were a lot of awful things said about the classy Linden at that time just because of his position.