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It appears that veteran defenceman Toni Lydman will soon announce his retirement.
According to TSN hockey analyst Aaron Ward, Lydman has turned down two separate contracts, both for two years and $5 million.
The native of Lahti, Finland had six assists in 35 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season.
A veteran of 12 NHL season, the 35-year-old has also skated for the Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres since breaking into the league in 2000-01.
from the Ducks PR department,
Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman has been cleared to play. Lydman, who was suffering from double-vision, has been practicing with the team daily, but has not appeared in a regular or pre-season game. In addition, defenseman Brett Festerling has been assigned to Syracuse (AHL).
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Now exactly a month removed from when it occurred while he was eating lunch, Lydman talked about the episode for the first time and revealed the seriousness in which the matter was treated in the initial days afterward.
“I guess it was,” he said. “Probably more because of what it could have been and what they were first looking for when it started. They searched for things like an aneurysm and a tumor. Those are the things they were looking for in the first CAT scan and the first MRI (exam). Obviously all the worst stuff you can imagine.
“You don’t want to hear that when you go in there. Once those were ruled out, it was a little bit easier. As the test results kept coming back and the blood work was analyzed, they kept ruling out other stuff too. It has been mentally very helpful.”
Lydman has been through a battery of tests to find the root cause of the double vision, which he said has yet to be fully pinned down. The closest thing to a possible cause is a severe migraine, which the veteran defender has dealt with in varying levels since he was a teen-ager.
But this was something that he’s never experienced among the symptoms he’s had with past migraines and he’s still unsure at how he incurred the episode.
While it certainly can’t be said with a straight face that Ryan Miller doesn’t get enough respect, there are some pundits out there who have declared, almost as a foregone conclusion, that the 30-year old Sabres franchise netminder will still be solid but won’t be able to duplicate his Vezina-worthy magic of 2009-10.
Whether because of changes in the Sabres defensive corps, having played too many games, or simply from the difficulty of maintaining such a high level of play in an ultra-competitive league where the difference in the talent level of goaltenders has shrunk significantly, discussions by many about Miller’s prospects for the upcoming season are accompanied by buzzwords and catch phrases like “dropoff” and “coming back down to earth”.
per Bob McKenzie tweet,
Tony Lydman to Anaheim at $3M per year for three years. Done deal.