We learned today, via Larry Brooks of the New York Post, that 35-year old Markus Naslund has announced his retirement.
Naslund(Nazzy to many) signed with the Rangers last summer for a 2-year, $8 million contract. He posted 46 points, 9 less than the season before. Nazzy played with the Vancouver Canucks for most of his career, and came to New York with the hopes of winning the Cup. He was selected to play on the Swedish National Team at the 2006 Torino Olympics, but opted not to play due to injury.
I liked Nazzy on a personal level. Well, as personal as you can get with someone you don’t actually know. Nazzy always seemed like a good guy, a classy person, and a good teammate. Plus, he wasn’t too bad to look at. However, his point totals had been steadily declining for several seasons, and the fact that Glen Sather threw 2 years and $8 million at him after announcing that he would not re-sign Jaromir Jagr because ‘the team was moving in a different direction’ prevented me from truly embracing him as a Ranger. As nice of a guy as Nazzy seemed, I would rather have had Jags back for two years.
Nazzy just couldn’t put up the numbers to back up the money he was making. So as much of a nice guy as he seemed, I’m glad to see him go – we can use that money for better things. Like re-signing Brandon Dubinsky, or Blair Betts, or to buy Hank some strippers and peppermint schnapps – homeboy looked sad as hell during the break-up day interview. And everyone knows the best cure for the sads is schnapps and strippers. But only the high-end kind – Hank’s classy like that.
Anyway, you had a good run, Naz, and I appreciate the effort you put forth……most of the time.
About the author: Rory is a recent college graduate from central New Jersey majoring in History and PR. A Ranger fan all her life, the bane of her existence is the New Jersey Devils, and she harbors a severe hatred for Martin Brodeur. Her favorite current Rangers are Henrik Lundqvist, Sean Avery, and Steve Valiquette, and her favorite all-time Rangers are Mike Richter and Jeff Beukeboom.