Sport 6 NHL players we might have seen the last of
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The end of every NHL season forces some players to ponder whether it's time to retire. With the 2019-20 NHL campaign currently suspended - and potentially finished - this is certainly not the way that the players wrestling with this decision wanted to go out.
Several ageless wonders - including, , , , and - have already made it clear that they intend to play next season, so we can cross them off the list. There are some others, however, whose future remains unclear.
If the season is officially canceled, here are six players who may have played their final game in the NHL.
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Justin Williams, Carolina Hurricanes
began 2019-20 on the sidelines while contemplating his future in the league, so if the campaign is ultimately canceled, it's hard to imagine him coming back for a full season.
The 19-year veteran didn't rejoin theuntil January but showed he still had some game left when he did return. Williams contributed eight goals and 11 points through 20 contests and positive possession numbers at five-on-five. If this is it, "Mr. Game 7" will go out as one of the most clutch performers of his generation, taking three Stanley Cup rings with him.
Ryan Miller, Anaheim Ducks
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Miller's current deal with theis about to expire, however, and he turns 40 in July. Perhaps he'll seek a one-year deal with a team in need of depth between the pipes? The 6-foot-2 puck-stopper is only two years removed from posting elite numbers as a backup, and his .907 save percentage behind an injured and inexperienced blue line in 2019-20 shows he's got something left in the tank. He could potentially be of great value in that role with a more veteran group in front of him.
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks
There's no questioning
Considering his performance was already declining and the heavy workload he's handled throughout his career, there's cause for concern. The 6-foot-3 rearguard has logged the 16th-most regular-season minutes and fifth-most playoff minutes this decade. Entering 2019-20, Seabrook had only missed 32 contests over 14 seasons.
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Seabrook's contract situation is unique on this list, however. With four years remaining on his deal, awould cause headaches down the road for the Seabrook will likely have a chance to determine his own fate in the coming months. Knowing his never-say-die attitude, he'll probably be back on the ice, but only time will tell.
Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators
It doesn't appear as thoughis ready to command the starting role, however, so Ottawa could bring Anderson back to share the crease with the 25-year-old and serve as a role model amid the team's rebuild. With a platoon system becoming the norm in nets around the league, it's not inconceivable that Anderson could get a one-year deal somewhere else should the Senators move on.
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
, who turned 37 in March, is in the final year of his current deal and has seen significant decreases in both his production and ice time over the last three seasons. It's possible a team could bring him in on a minimum deal to add depth and experience, but it's hard to envision his journey ending outside the city where he's spent his entire 15-year NHL career.
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If it's truly the end of the road, thecaptain will ride into the sunset as the franchise's all-time leader in games played, points, and assists, with each of those records far from being threatened.
Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis Blues
Most importantly, it's great to hear
There is a silver lining, though: After 16 seasons in the NHL, Bouwmeester reached hockey's summit last June, helping thecapture their first-ever Stanley Cup. The 36-year-old rearguard will also be remembered as one of the game's true ironmen. He ranks 25th all time among defensemen in games played, and only Chara has logged more minutes on the blue line since 1998-99.
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