The Snapshot wrote:When war, famine, rampant poverty or any other wide-spread social challenge is testing you or your family as a youngster, I think it just changes your view of things.
Dude, don't turn Slovakia into Afghanistan or Kosovo!
(Slovakia is actually a country with a very decent standard of living and an economic growth that almost pu them among emerging market tigers. To the excitement of all the flat tax proponents - because that's what they institued.)
I think the explanation of Palffy's recent change of mind may be much simpler - he is just second guessing himself that he might have retired too early. Which puts him in line with athletes like Mario Lemieux, Michael Jordan, Dominik Hasek, Martina Hingis or Bjorn Borg (all from not so impovershed countries
After your post, I went to search through Slovak media, and here is what I found:
- I think that his initial decision to retire was completely correct and responsible. Contrary what one of the above posters insinuated, Palffy went under the knife to correct the shoulder problems. Twice, in LA. And his doctor apparently strongly not recommended the third surgery. In one of the early interviews after the retirement he claims that the shoulder pain limits his even during his everyday activities, let alone hockey. He also claimed that he had discussed his retirement with Mario Lemieux who told him that "the health should be the first place concern", and understood his decision.
- Then, a few weeks later, he said that the shoulder does not limit him much during everyday actuivities, but it would still hurt if he were playing hockey, so he does not plan to play, because "I did not finish my career in the NHL just to restart it in Europe."
- and then, a few weeks ago, he changed his mid and may go back to playing next season.
I really don't think that he has had a sinister motive to screw the Pens. Instead, I think that the development and his recent quotes show a definite trend: the shoulder may be getting better by not playing. Plus, retiring at the age of 33 (?) must suck big time. Plus he may be getting bored. Plus he may not like sliding from "Mr. Palffy, the Slovak heartrob" to "Mr. Palffy, the husband of popular TV anchor Mrs. Belanyi" (his ex-girlfriends included the main TV fitness personality - sort of "Slovak LeAnn Tweeden", or the tennis star Henrietta Nagyova; meanwhile, his wife may be the more popular - and still working - part of the couple now). Plus...
So, if he decides to put the skates on again - I have absolutely no problems with it - and more power to him.