There are loads of changes happening in the National Hockey League when the regular calendar comes to an end, and fans should not be surprised to see players change addresses, coaches getting fired and general managers racking their brains to find a solution to their disastrous seasons. However, while fans should be ready for anything, it sounds kind of shocking to hear that a 31-year-old forward is ready to call it quits in the NHL.
Of course, it always depends on who is the player and what he has been able to accomplish in his NHL career. However on Sunday morning, there was breaking reports from Kontinental Hockey League insider Igor Eronko that veteran forward David Desharnais has reportedly chosen to put an end to his NHL career and head to Russia to continue playing hockey there.
Desharnais, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, recorded 28 points, including six goals, in 71 games this season with the New York Rangers. He also finished the season with a registered rating of -22. Before joining the Rangers last year, following the signing of a one-year, $ 1 million contract with New York, the 31-year-old had been a member of the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers.
While he was never drafted any team in the NHL, Desharnais signed with the Canadiens as an undrafted free agent on Nov. 5, 2008. Maybe expected him to text the free-agent market as several teams are looking for speedy winger with experience to help younger players on the team.
What the heck! The Canadiens themselves could give Desharnais a call and see if he would be interested in signing a more affordable one-year deal with the Habs to help the rebuilding process that seems to be slowly taking place in Montreal. While the fan base might not be thrilled about having the forward back in the fold, it might please them and the French media to see a Francophone player back in the team. It could be a move made by general manager Marc Bergevin that eventually pleases many people in Montreal.
It just seems like the guy is giving up quite easily after fighting so hard to make it in the NHL. Could he have gotten that great of a deal in the KHL to move along with his family to Russia?
What do you think?