Darcy Tucker has announced that he is retiring after playing 14 years in the NHL. The feisty forward, who saw stops in Montreal, Tampa, Toronto and Colorado over the course of 14 seasons, has decided to retire from hockey, according to TSN. Tucker was keen to play at least one more season in the NHL, but there were no offers made during the offseason.
Tucker spent most of the off season preparing to play but was also open to the option of hanging up his skates as the NHL teams weren’t biting. In retirement, Tucker will still be receiving an NHL paycheck. The Maple Leafs must pay him $1 million for each of the next four seasons, the terms of his buyout agreement still in effect. The native of Castor, Alta., was drafted by the Canadiens in the 6th round (151st overall) in 1993. In 947 career NHL games, Tucker scored 215 goals and 476 points and amassed 1,410 minutes in penalties.