Something must have come up: a business opportunity, some family-related reason.... no way he just retires on a whim like that. I know the guy had some serious foot injuries last year, maybe they're too much/ too severe to make a full recovery from?
Paul Ranger retired simply because he didn't enjoy it anymore. He was a legit NHLer, too.
I just think that if he were leaning in that direction (no desire to play anymore), he wouldn't have signed a contract with a brand new team so recently. But that's strictly just an opinion.
If he did actually retire because he didn't want to play anymore (like Ranger), I applaud his decision to do it early enough to afford him the opportunity to find out what he really wants to do in life.
I have really good looking girl friends going there, so I'm gonna show them his picture, get them to seduce him, and eventually I will swoop in and befriend him. Too bad about Sweatt. We will either trade a fwd prospect with not much upside or sign a young CHL DMan IMO. Regardless, we wont be able to replace Sweatt effectively.