Aug 22, 2011

Former Islanders: Dave Scatchard, Duane Sutter Updates

A couple of quick updates on some former Islanders:

Dave Scatchard announced his retirement on Twitter earlier this afternoon due to recurring concussion symptoms. 

Scatchard played 11 NHL seasons with the Canucks, Islanders, Bruins, Coyotes, Predators, and the Blues. He scored 128 goals in 659 NHL games, including 81 goals in 347 games with the Islanders.

CH: Very unfortunate that Scatch couldn't end things on his own terms. He was a model citizen while he was here on Long Island, and was a pretty good third line center for some quality Islander teams to boot. Not much else to say other than that Scatchard needs to take care of himself and his family first, and we wish him the best in his retirement.

AT: Easily one of my all time favorite Islanders, at least in my time as a fan since the '01-'02 season. Brought a boatload of leadership with him and was an all around great guy who could put up 40-45 points. Still remember when he wore his FDNY hat onto the ice when the Isles played the Wings for opening night at home right after 9/11. Best of luck to Scatch in his post-playing endeavors. 

In other news, Duane Sutter was named a scout for the Edmonton Oilers, joining GM Steve Tambellini and Player Development Director Mike Sillinger as former Islanders in the Oiler front office.

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