except that it was released to the media that he was having "shoulder problems"
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Zigmund Palffy retired Wednesday, leaving the team without its second leading scorer and another question mark in a puzzling, disappointing season.
Palffy wasn't at a news conference held by general manager Craig Patrick during the team's practice. Patrick wouldn't comment on a Slovak newspaper report that Palffy retired because of a lingering shoulder injury.
"No, I'm not going to talk about our discussion," Patrick said, saying Palffy cited only "personal reasons." Palffy told Patrick of his decision Tuesday morning. They agreed not to announce it until Wednesday because Patrick hoped Palffy would reconsider.
Patrick said the Penguins had no concerns about Palffy's health when the team signed him to a three-year, $13.5 million contract in August.
"We didn't sense that there was any problems with the shoulder," Patrick said. "He passed the physical."
Patrick said he didn't see the retirement coming.
"I was surprised," Patrick said. "He came in, he closed the door. It became pretty apparent once he started [talking] that he was heading down that path."
The 33-year-old Palffy was injured while playing for the Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim in January 2004. He had reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder twice, but the problems persisted.
The shoulder injury led to his decision to retire, he told the Sport daily, a Slovak newspaper.
"I have talked to my doctor and he did not recommend a third operation," Palffy told the newspaper.
Here's the problem: it also mentions in the same article that it was for "personal reasons". I don't know which one is right and after seven years I'm not sure I care that much about it. I will say that since there are two different versions of this story, I don't think he was being completely honest. That's not saying that parts of both stories couldn't be true. He had two shoulder surgeries before signing with the Penguins. If this was a shoulder injury, why not go on the IR for the remainder of the season instead of immediately announcing his "retirement"? I also have no reason to doubt the validity of Seth's quote. Maybe the person was within the team and was told or heard that it was for a serious family matter, then passed it onto Seth years later. Does that mean the statement was 100% accurate?
To me, I think he saw the 2005-06 team and realized he didn't want to be a part of a rebuild and pulled out.
He was good in his prime, but............he stunk up the joint with the Pens. Actually glad he left the team when he did.
In his last month before his retirement, he scored 14 points in 14 games and only had one slump all season where he went pointless in more than 2 games. Hate on the guy all you want for the way he went out, but that's not exactly "stinking up the joint."