What's buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Goalie Pascal Leclaire retires, leaving his potential unfulfilled

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View photo


Getty Images

In 2007-08, Pascal Leclaire appeared in 54 games and had a 2.25 GAA with nine shutouts in his fourth season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Thank you, Ken Hitchcock.) That season helped earn him a 3-year, $11.4 million extension from GM Scott Howson that summer, who said "he is an important part of our team and we think he will continue to improve and play a significant role in helping us reach our goals."

[Related: Ottawa Senators' post-lockout fan bribery survey]

The following season, Leclaire lost his starting goalie job to rookie Steve Mason, significantly injured his ankle and was traded to the Ottawa Senators' goaltending graveyard for Antoine Vermette. Often injured, Leclaire would appear in 48 more NHL regular-season games from 2009-11; for comparison's sake, Rick DiPietro appeared in 33 during the same span.

It may surprise you to hear that Leclaire hadn't retired, but apparently he was still an active player until Monday, when he told RDS that he had decided to retire from pro hockey at age 30 due to a reoccurring hip injury.

"I tried to go back this summer and I was operated on three times in my right hip in the hope of returning, but I still have trouble today," he told RDS (via translation).

Leclaire's final NHL game was on Dec. 16, 2010, stopping 23 of 24 shots and winning against the Minnesota Wild.

He was drafted No. 8 overall in the 2001 Entry Draft, which wasn't exactly a stellar draw for goalies. (Where have you gone, Dan Blackburn?) His injuries have been various and at times horrific — concussions and broken jaws, for example.

He leaves behind a legacy of unfulfilled potential and, as you can see, headshots with nearly impossible hair.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Flyers host Coyotes, aiming for back-to-back wins

      After pulling out an improbable shootout win over the injury-depleted Buffalo Sabres with a third-period goal-scoring spree Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (3-3-1) will look to string together their first back-to-back wins of the season … More »

      AP - Sports - 45 minutes ago
    • Panthers-Maple Leafs Preview

      James Reimer said he will have good memories of his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs would like to play a game worth remembering Thursday night when they host the Florida Panthers. Reimer will not start for the Panthers but this … More »

      AP - Sports - 1 hour 6 minutes ago
    • Don't panic, fantasy hockey owners!

      Don't panic, fantasy hockey owners!

      Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski offers early fantasy hockey advice including a Maple Leafs forward to grab off the waiver wire and a goalie to ship out while the going is good. … More »

      Yahoo Sports Videos - 2 hours 15 minutes ago
    • Lacquette in, injured Rougeau out on Canadian roster for Four Nations Cup

      Defenceman Brigette Lacquette has replaced injured Lauriane Rougeau on Canada's roster for next week's Four Nations Cup women's hockey tournament in Viermumaki, Finland. Canada opens the annual international women's hockey tournament Nov. 1 versus … More »

      The Canadian Press - 2 hours 44 minutes ago
    • Sting coach thinks Leafs prospect Korostelev could have a breakout OHL season

      Sting coach thinks Leafs prospect Korostelev could have a breakout OHL season

      Sarnia Sting coach Derian Hatcher is not afraid to load Nikita Korostelev's shoulders with lofty expectations. You could see it last year," said Hatcher, a former NHL defenceman now in his second season behind Sarnia's bench. Korostelev, who … More »

      The Canadian Press - 2 hours 49 minutes ago