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Kariya's decision easy; the reason is not

Updated: June 30, 2011, 2:32 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Paul Kariya sounded positively buoyant.

He talked about how good he felt and the clarity he had. He talked about the future, a future without hockey, as it turns out, but a future full of promise.

And if you're looking for melancholy or regret or self-doubt, Kariya will disappoint.

"I feel fantastic," he told ESPN.com from his adopted home in California Tuesday, a day before his retirement was announced in a brief statement. "I do feel much better. I don't ...

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