From a story we first saw at Mirtle, former Penguin Stu Barnes has decided to retire from hockey in order to take an assistant coaching position with the Dallas Stars.
Barnes played the game in a heady, gritty, determined style. He wasn't the biggest guy out there, but he always seemed to score the biggest of goals.
Interestingly Barnes played parts of three seasons (206 games) with Pittsburgh. In that stretch he scored 67 goals and 69 assists. So even though Barnes only played about 17.9% of his NHL games in a Penguins uniform, he scored an incredible 25.6% of the goals (and 22.7% of his overall points) with Pittsburgh.
With this retirement and Jaromir Jagr and Marty Straka skating off to Europe, this leaves just Robert Lang left playing in the NHL from Pittsburgh's 1997-98 squad. We point this out because it makes us begin to feel a little old.
Anyways best of luck to Barnes in his new capacity...Given his work ethic and mind for the game, we think he'll be great as a coach.