Former Columbus Blue Jackets Wing Scott Hartnell Reportedly Considering Retirement

By Kyle Morrison on May 12, 2018 at 2:20 pm
Former Columbus Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell is reportedly considering retirement following the Nashville Predators' playoff exit.
USA Today – Sergei Belski
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A former Columbus Blue Jackets fan favorite may be calling it quits.

If this is indeed the end for Scott Hartnell, he'll end his career in the same city where he started it. The current Nashville Predators wing told reporters that he's going to take some time to think about his future after his team's playoff exit at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets.

The team's in-house digital writer, Brooks Bratten, has a more direct quote that shows a bit more uncertainty in Hartnell's words, as he left the door open for a return.  

That said, nobody would blame the 36-year-old for hanging up his skates, given his incredible career and the league's shift to a speedier game. Hartnell's career has seen him play 1,249 games in the NHL, lighting the lamp 327 times and putting up 707 career points. His reputation as an agitator is well-known, too, as he's accrued more than 1,800 penalty minutes as well.

His time with the Blue Jackets – despite its abrupt end – was memorable as well. In three seasons with the club, Hartnell put up a 64-82–146 line in 234 games. He played his 1,000th career game during his time with Columbus, too.

No matter what choice Hartnell makes, he'll be cashing checks from the Jackets for a few more years. Last summer, the club bought out the two years remaining on his contract, a buyout that will carry a $3 million cap hit next season before falling to $1.25 million for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. 

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