Could never stand the guy, but I always respected the fact that he never backed down from anyone, regardless of the fact that he was a shrimp by NHL standards. He had a lot of potential during his younger years, and a few good NHL seasons statistically. I always had the feeling though that his body wasn't gonna be able to keep going until the age of 40. Guys that play that gritty of a game, while barely weighing 180lbs, can only go for so long...
As for what's next, the "next chapter," Tucker intends on entering the next phase of his professional life with as much intensity as he played and has partnered with his longtime representative, Carlos Sosa in forming Turning Point Sports Management, where he will spend this year consulting and recruiting young players, while working towards becoming a certified agent.
Unfortunate as I thought he still had more to give in terms of his playing career. He was a pain in the rear to play against, but he had underrated skill, a great gritty game and some pretty memorable moments.
As a Sens fan I'm not the biggest Tucker supporter, but I never hated him. He's a player you would hate when he's on the other side, but love when he's on your side. He had a good career and I wish him the best going forward.
I wish you could bottle Darcy Tucker's spirit and passion for the game. There have been so many guys who brought better skill sets and natural gifts to the rink but came away with less because they didn't have what Tucker had. Good luck DT.
He put up 3 20-goal seasons for the leafs because they had no other options.
Dirty hit on Peca ruined his career
No, he scored 20+ goals three times with the Leafs is because he was willing to pay the price in scoring areas and stand in front of the net on the powerplay. The reason he was effective in producing points is because he played his role well. Given his small stature, it wasn't an easy task for him and it often led to injuries.