I hope Yzerman announces his retirement this afternoon, for his sake and the Wings' sake. He was frustrated for the majority of the season and his play obviously doesn't fit in with what Babcock is trying to do. Babcock giving Pavs the final faceoff over Yzerman in Game 6 is the microcosm of this. Also, he has had a number of serious injuries but has been lucky enough to return from them all fairly healthy. He does not need to risk his health for another season, he has proven enough. He and his family deserve his health and well-being in his retirement. The only reason he should be returning is to get to 700 goals, but the previous reasons outweight this. Some players might also want to have a pre-determined "last game" with a final skate, like Gretzky did. But Yzerman is not that type of player, so I doubt it bothers him not to have that. And for the Wings' sake, if he returned it'd be another rocky season of Yzerman dealing with Babcock's system and limited ice time. The $1.2 M salary he would likely get would also take up valuable salary cap space. And for the few games where he flashed brilliance last season, he was invisible for the rest. It's just the right time for the era to end. It's been 22 seasons and I don't like to see it end but at the same time it's the right time and I don't see a better time coming.