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from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,
As Keith Tkachuk retires, the inevitable question will be asked: Is Keith Tkachuk Hall of Fame worthy?
I say no.
Tkachuk had some very good career totals, but not as good as Dino Ciccarelli, Dave Andreychuk, Pat Verbeek, Pierre Turgeon and Adam Oates. They are likely to continue their wait for the Hall of Fame, so Tkachuk’s numbers will not be enough to get in him.
That is because Tkachuk has a poor reputation in playoffs and big games.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk has announced this evening that he will retire after 19 seasons from the National Hockey League (NHL) at the end of the 2009-10 season. He will play in front of Blues fans for the final time this Friday night against Anaheim and the club will pay tribute to Tkachuk’s career following the game.
“I have been privileged to have a long career in this terrific league and play for first class organizations,” said Tkachuk. “My thanks go out to my current and former teammates, the St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets and Atlanta Thrashers organizations and most of all to my parents, my wife Chantal, my kids Matthew, Braeden and Taryn along with all of my other family members for all of the support they have given me throughout my career.”
“Walt has been an amazing ambassador for the St. Louis Blues,” said Dave Checketts, Chairman, St. Louis Blues. “I had a very nice talk with him today and conveyed what an honor it has been to have him in the organization. I thanked him for the effort he put in on and off the ice each and every day he has been a Blue. He will always be a cherished member of the St. Louis Blues Family and I look forward to celebrating his career in the appropriate fashion, bestowing upon him the honors he most certainly deserves.”
“Keith is a true warrior who had an excellent career and I was hoping this day would never come,” said Blues President of Hockey Operations John Davidson. “The NHL is losing an individual who gave a lot of time and dedication to the game and I wish him and his family a happy retirement and the best of luck.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of Game Time at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In case you missed it, here’s what Blues goaltender Chris Mason said following Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Nashville.
“I’m definitely not going to single anybody out, but some guys showed up and worked as hard as they could and some guys didn’t,” Mason said. ”When you’re in a desperate situation like we are, we need everybody to come and compete, and we didn’t have that.”
continue for some reaction from teammates and coach…
“We haven’t had a 40- or 50-goal scorer, and it’s made a big difference. We thought we had two on the roster, maybe three, with (Andy) McDonald, (Paul) Kariya and (Brad) Boyes. But it hasn’t been the kind of year that we thought it would be.”
-St. Louis Blues Owner Dave Checketts. More on the Blues from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
NHL On The Fly discussed this hit from David Backes against Brian Rafalski last night and said the NHL will be watching for these types of hits.
You have to keep your eye on Rafalski as he dumps the puck in towards Conklin.
How about a fight that went around 2 1/2 minutes.
“It was more important that we got the two points. We’re in a battle here, and it was great to get the win here in New York. To get to 400 is a nice thing to happen, but I’ve been fortunate in my career to play with a lot of great players and received a lot of great passes. Terrific play.”
-Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues after scoring his 400th goal. Via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
As the regular season winds down, Blues center Keith Tkachuk realizes that it could be his last in the NHL. After 18 seasons, he is considering retirement following this season.
Tkachuk wouldn’t say this morning whether he has made his decision final yet, but the indications are that he’s strongly considering retirement. Either way, Tkachuk said he’ll make the decision “fairly quickly” after the season.
“I’ve got some thoughts running through my mind,” said Tkachuk, who will turn 38 on March 28. “You get older and you’re just not the same way you used to be. It gets a lot harder . . . guys are bigger, faster, stronger. But I know I can compete every night and go out and try to help out in different ways. I’ve played first line, I’ve played second line, I’ve played fourth line, I’ve played center, I’ve played wing. It’s a little different this year, but I still go into every game to prove that I can play and push other guys to perform. Like anybody else, you want to play as well as you can.
Oh boy as Panger says… Two heavyweights go at it.
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