Hockey Rumor Buzz Volume 4: Sakic To Retire? Don't Bet On It!

Hockey Rumor MillContributor IJuly 7, 2009

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 03:  Joe Sakic #19 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Chicago Blackhawks  at the United Center on November 3, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The latest information to hit my desk!

We all know that Joe Sakic has announced he will be calling a press conference this Thursday afternoon to announce something.

Being that he is no spring chicken at 40 years of age, everyone is assuming he will be announcing his retirement. Well, I wouldn't count on that so soon.

Coming off a season in which he missed a majority of the games due to an injury with a snow blower that left his hand in shreds, Sakic still has a lot of energy left for another full season in the National Hockey League, the main reason being the fact that he took last season off.

Granted, Colorado was brutal last season and there isn't much reason to suspect otherwise this year, but there is a bright young face in the organization that was touted as the best all-around prospect in this year's draft—Matt Duchene.

A source very close to Sakic has told us that he is still pondering the decision, which is obviously a very hard one to make.

There is no doubt that Duchene will be put right into the lineup, and as a young, rookie centerman, who better then to teach you the ropes then the future Hall of Fame lock Joe Sakic, who has more then 600 goals?

The answer? No one.

So come Thursday afternoon, Joe Sakic will be announcing that he is staying on for one final season to cap off his brilliant career; not only playing for himself, but playing to help the next superstar in the franchise, and to pass the torch to Matt Duchene.


By Leopold

Hockey Rumor Buzz Correspondent