Saturday, December 17, 2005

Robitaille's retirement coming in LA?

One wonders when reading this story whether or not soon-to-be 40-year-old veteran Luc Robitaille may be one of those who has hung on too long:
Robitaille, 39, learned of the news [he was scratched] during a team meeting before the Kings' morning skate. He did not skate with the team and later expressed his disappointment with his lack of playing time — he played only 5 minutes 10 seconds in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday.

"I totally disagree with what's going on," Robitaille said. "After playing five minutes, I thought I would go back in after losing such a big game. It doesn't make sense to me. In the past, if a coach didn't play me a lot and we lost, he thought maybe it was time to give this guy a chance."
The LA Daily News reported that Robitaille didn't even attend the game and may not be playing in the future:
There's no assurance Robitaille, who did not attend the game and couldn't be reached for comment, will be back in the lineup anytime soon. When Murray scratched Robitaille from a Dec. 2 game at Ottawa, he immediately said Robitaille would play the next night, but Murray made no such promises Friday.
Robitaille left the practice facility and did not participate in the morning skate. Murray said Robitaille was dealing with a groin injury, but the day before, Robitaille told a reporter he felt fine.


At 1:29 p.m., December 18, 2005, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

I think it really sucks what they're doing to Robitaille.

If he's not good enough to play, then stop toying with him and say so. Let him make the decision if he wants to continue or if, ala Brett Hull, he realizes his time is over.

But this nonsense they went with in the past about "sitting him to save him for Montreal" was bullshit and an insult to a guy who, besides Gretzky and maybe Marcel Dionne, has done more for that franchise than anyone else.

At 11:27 a.m., December 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would tend to agree, Chris, but this is what happens when you hang around past your best before date. It usually ends poorly, with no one quite certain what to do or how to handle a Hall of Fame player who clearly doesn't have it anymore. Telling fibs to save people's feelings clearly isn't a good strategy, but it also sounds as if Luc wouldn't be too receptive to a, "you should really consider retirement" chat with the Coach or GM.

Bottom line -- if you insist on waiting until someone else chooses your ending for you, you probably aren't going to like how it ends.


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