Minnesota Wild centre Wes Walz, the franchise's all-time leader in games played, announced his retirement yesterday morning.
The 37-year-old Calgarian spent the past six-plus seasons with the Wild, appearing in 438 games and recording 182 points (82-100). He had a goal and three assists in 11 games this season before deciding to call it quits.
"Wes stands for so many of the values we want our players to embody," Wild GM Doug Risebrough said in a statement. "On and off the ice, he helped build the foundation of this organization."
Walz is also the Wild's all-time leader in shorthanded goals (14), shorthanded points (21) and ranks second in goals, game-winning goals (15) and points.
The 5-ft.-10, 189-lb. forward played in 607 career NHL games with the Wild, the Boston Bruins, the Philadelphia, Flyers, the Calgary Flames and the Detroit Red Wings, getting 260 points (109-151).
Walz, twice a captain for the Wild, was the Bruins' third-round pick, 57th overall, in 1989 and joined the Wild as a free agent June 28, 2000.
His retirement leaves Marian Gaborik as the only player remaining from the club's first season in 2000-01.
The Fan 590 plans to issue an on-air retraction of its report about New York Rangers forward Sean Avery's pre-game altercation with the Toronto Maple Leafs last month.
The Toronto all-sports radio station will run the retraction tomorrow and Tuesday during its Hockey Central show, which is simulcast on Rogers Sportsnet.
Avery's lawyers served libel notices against the Fan and the Toronto Star.
Speculation ran wild over what triggered the melee, and Avery issued a statement through the Rangers Nov. 13, denying the report.
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Atlanta Thrashers G Kari Lehtonen was recalled yesterday from an AHL conditioning assignment after missing 16 games with a groin injury.