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Palffy Announces His Retirement

from IIHF.com,

Former NHLer and Slovak national team forward Zigmund Palffy has called it quits, announcing his retirement from hockey.

"One morning is more beautiful than the previous one, and you have other opinions. At this point, I believe that I quit. Definitive. Already I do not want to travel anywhere. Did it enough," said the 41-year-old winger.

Palffy hung up his skates after the 2012/2013 season where he was the most productive player in Slovak Extraliga Tipsport, registering 83 points in just 48 games.


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Hank1974's avatar

Palffy was a very exciting player and put up some great numbers during the dead-puck era.
In fact, his PPG totals are very close to Pavel Bure’s.

He won’t get in the HOF, but he was a darn good, exciting player during an era where excitement and goals were hard to come by.

Posted by Hank1974 on 07/31/13 at 11:29 AM ET


I think a lot of people seriously underrate how good Ziggy Palffy was and probably still is. It’s true that he won’t make the Hall of Fame, but he had hall of fame talent and I do believe he would have gotten there if injuries and homesickness hadn’t taken him away from the NHL too early.

This is a guy who finished top 10 in NHL scoring on 4 occasions and very consistently rocked a better-than-point-per-game scoring average right through the entire black heart of the dead puck era.

Had he come back to the NHL after briefly quitting the game in 33 there’s a good chance he would have quickly regained his status as one of the league’s premier players, but he chose to stay in Skalica and play for his hometown team. And in the five seasons he played there he was BY FAR the best player in the Slovak Extraliga. Even last season, at age 41, he led the league in scoring by 6 points even though he played barely two thirds of his team’s games, putting up an absurd 73 points in just 39 games.

Estimating how an Extraliga player’s numbers might translate to the NHL is a tricky subject given that the league (along with the Czech league) has declined somewhat now that the KHL is pulling away more talented Slovaks, but I don’t think it would be silly to suggest that Ziggy Palffy might realistically still have been able put up 55-70 points over 82 NHL games at age 40, basically Teemu Selanne lite, assuming his body held up.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 07/31/13 at 12:45 PM ET

LiteWork's avatar

Good post Sven22

Very underrated player. Not many players finish top 10 in scoring 4 times. Like every other dead puck era player had problems with injuries.

I always thought it was amusing that the media hyped up Rick Nash and tried to make excuses for him, like he played for a bad team which stunted his numbers. Ziggy Palffy put up much better numbers than Nash on teams that were just as bad. I guess Palffy should have been Canadian.

Posted by LiteWork on 07/31/13 at 03:44 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Way, way underrated. Don’t think that his nationality has much to do with his general lack of recognition so much as playing mostly on poor teams and then leaving North America too soon. Certainly not discussed much out here by the LA media (yes I know: “Brad Doty on defense”) and even Kings broadcasters. Definitely one of my favorite Kings from that dark period…guy was surprisingly strong, too.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/31/13 at 04:04 PM ET

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