... and trust me - it was bad (I pointed out what evils come of a special teams failure/AM meltdown over on my series preview on Cycle Like the Sedins), this pops up on the Post-Dispatch.
Walt might retire. At least, he talks like it.
"The best thing in the world is to try to compete in the playoffs and just go out and give yourself a chance," Tkachuk said. "Who knows? This may be the only team I have left, if I have any left. So I'm just going out to make the best of it and have fun with it."
He's a leader in the locker room, he's a mentor to the kids, and he's a huge part of why we are where we are right now. Everyone gives the youth movement their credit (and it's deserved), but without Walt they wouldn't have the focus and drive to do what they've done.
He's a future Hall of Famer (hopefully wearing the Note - I mean, Jets? Coyotes? Thrashers? No) and a candidate for a number retirement later on down the line. If he does feel that it's time to hang up his skates, hopefully he will be offered an office job a la Al MacInnis. Do I want a creepy bronze statue of him outside of Scottrade? No, because they frighten me. But he's made it clear how much he appreciates the team and loves the city of St. Louis, much like many people who have worn the Note before him. He deserves a thank you.