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Old 12-17-2020, 09:04 AM   #1
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After 15 seasons and more than 1,000 NHL games, Alexander Steen is calling it a career.

Steen announced his retirement as a player on Thursday due to a back injury he sustained during the 2019-20 season. According to the team's press release, Steen has "multiple levels of degenerative herniated discs of his lumbar spine."

"This has been an emotional process," Steen told stlouisblues.com. "But as I look back on my years in hockey, I would like to thank our organization, our city, our fans and my teammates as I am so proud of all the teams I was part of."

Although he played in three round-robin games this summer, the injury limited Steen to just one game (Game 2) of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks

The 36-year-old forward finishes his career with 1,018 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs. Steen recorded 245 goals and 377 assists (454 points) in a 15-season career that included a Stanley Cup championship with the Blues in 2019.

Steen first arrived in St. Louis in November 2008 after being acquired, along with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, in a trade that sent Lee Stempniak to the Maple Leafs. Steen ranks fourth in Blues history in games played (765), ninth in goals (195), sixth in assists (301) and fifth in points (496). Only two Blues (Brett Hull and Alex Pietrangelo) have played more playoff games with the franchise than Steen, who appeared in 91 postseason contests.

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Steen's contract will be treated as an injured player, so his $5.75 million cap hit will still apply and he will be paid his $3.5 million salary. #stlblues
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Happy trails “cousin Alex”.
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You only have to read about Mike Bossy's issues post career to know this is probably the right decision for himself and his family. Pretty solid career and not often you see a non-superstar player play 1000 games for only two teams.
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Steen's contract will be treated as an injured player, so his $5.75 million cap hit will still apply and he will be paid his $3.5 million salary. #stlblues
Except his cap hit will be subject to LTIR.
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I don't know, I wish him all the best but getting tired of all these teams who seem to magically get out of cap hell each year.

When is Lucic going to start having a weird allergic rash if he gets too close to a puck?

I assume the Blues will sign Hoffman now.
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an above average player. A more talented version of Craig Conroy. Talented enough to play with high end players in a top line role, and responsible and committed to play down the line up in a checking role.
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I don't know, I wish him all the best but getting tired of all these teams who seem to magically get out of cap hell each year.

When is Lucic going to start having a weird allergic rash if he gets too close to a puck?

I assume the Blues will sign Hoffman now.
Multiple herniated discs in his back at age 36.

Everyone who retires due to injury is actually hurt - Pronger, Zetterberg, Hossa, Clarkson, DiPietro, Franzen, all had real issues. Pronger and Franzen couldn’t be in lit rooms, DiPietro’s hips and face are made of tissue-paper, Zetterberg ####ed his back, and Hossa couldn’t wear his equipment.


If they all could have kept playing, they would.
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I don't know, I wish him all the best but getting tired of all these teams who seem to magically get out of cap hell each year.

When is Lucic going to start having a weird allergic rash if he gets too close to a puck?

I assume the Blues will sign Hoffman now.
Took til post #5 for this...I'm disappointed. I swear a guy could have an arm cut off and people would still bitch about him going on LTIR. Just because you can't see an injury, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
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I went to my first Jets game in Winnipeg in February and saw his 1000 game against the Jets. It was pretty cool, because he grew up in Winnipeg.
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PSA if you've never seen this movie you should go watch it. Not like you have anything better to do in the coming weeks.
And its a Christmas movie. I say do a doubler header with Die Hard.
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I don't know, I wish him all the best but getting tired of all these teams who seem to magically get out of cap hell each year.

When is Lucic going to start having a weird allergic rash if he gets too close to a puck?

I assume the Blues will sign Hoffman now.
I don't want anyone on the team LTIR.
I'm stoked to see this team play Lucic included.
Maybe I'll feel differently after a couple disappointing losses but right now I'm all go everyone! GFG!!
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And its a Christmas movie. I say do a doubler header with Die Hard.
Harmony in a santa hat + dress is one of the best parts.

Edit: Trust me you have time for this movie

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Multiple herniated discs in his back at age 36.

Everyone who retires due to injury is actually hurt - Pronger, Zetterberg, Hossa, Clarkson, DiPietro, Franzen, all had real issues. Pronger and Franzen couldn’t be in lit rooms, DiPietro’s hips and face are made of tissue-paper, Zetterberg ####ed his back, and Hossa couldn’t wear his equipment.


If they all could have kept playing, they would.
I was with you until you got to Hossa. Hossa could wear his equipment just fine while they were contending and he was making bank.
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I was with you until you got to Hossa. Hossa could wear his equipment just fine while they were contending and he was making bank.
Marian Hossa had a severe case of eczema brought on by a lifetime of wearing hockey equipment.

Hockey equipment is gross. You can see where some guys might develop severe skin irritation. And when it’s all over your body, how long are you willing to put up with that?

You play through your skin being on fire for a shot at glory.

You don’t play through your skin being on fire to finish 16th and get bounced in the first round.

If Hossa’s skin was fine, he’d have kept playing. His legs still worked. His hands were there. He may not have been Marian Hossa anymore, but he’s still Marian Hossa. If that makes sense.
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Marian Hossa had a severe case of eczema brought on by a lifetime of wearing hockey equipment.

Hockey equipment is gross. You can see where some guys might develop severe skin irritation. And when it’s all over your body, how long are you willing to put up with that?

You play through your skin being on fire for a shot at glory.

You don’t play through your skin being on fire to finish 16th and get bounced in the first round.

If Hossa’s skin was fine, he’d have kept playing. His legs still worked. His hands were there. He may not have been Marian Hossa anymore, but he’s still Marian Hossa. If that makes sense.
You mean if his contract was still paying well and he was still chasing a Cup right? Come on man, if you don't think that was the deciding factor I have some tropical paradise property to sell you in Greenland.
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You mean if his contract was still paying well and he was still chasing a Cup right? Come on man, if you don't think that was the deciding factor I have some tropical paradise property to sell you in Greenland.

Hossa was still a very good player and worth his $5M cap hit.

Imagine we had a healthy Honda playing instead of Lucic.


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Probably scored 50 of his points against the Flames. Seemed he’d always get on the scoresheet when he played Calgary
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