Toronto Maple Leafs: Top 5 Players Who May Retire If NHL Season Is Over

Patrick Marleau of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Patrick Marleau of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – APRIL 23: Patrick Marleau   (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) /

#2. Patrick Marleau

It’s no secret that Marleau is a shell of himself. He can still skate and get up and down the rink, but father-time has caught up to him.

Marleau’s career is Hockey Hall of Fame worthy. 1723 games played, 562 goals and 1188 points is remarkable. But, like most players who hold onto their career too long, a Stanley Cup is the only thing missing on his resume.

After being traded to Pittsburgh at the NHL Trade Deadline, this seemed like the last kick at the can for Marleau. The Penguins are one of a handful of teams with a legitimate shot at a Stanley Cup this year, but as the season stops, so does Marleau’s chance at a Cup.

It’s possible that Marleau will return for one more season, but retirement seems enviable for the soon to be 41 year old.

#1. Zdeno Chara

There must be something in the water that prevents veterans from retiring in Boston. Whether it’s Tom Brady or Zdeno Chara, it feels like their careers are never going to end.

At 43 years old, Chara is currently the oldest player in the NHL. With 1553 games played, a Norris Trophy and a Stanley Cup, Chara has had a Hall-of-Fame career.

In recent reports, Chara has continued to point out that he doesn’t plan on retiring soon, but if the season gets cancelled, another six months off may change that decision.