Roenick's agent says final decision on Roenick retirement to come

Updated: July 16, 2007, 3:51 PM ET
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Jeremy Roenick's agent says that retirement news regarding his client may be premature, despite the fact the news came from Roenick himself.

Neil Abbott, Roenick's agent, sent a statement to The Hockey News on Monday, saying that Roenick "is considering all of his options, including retirement, [but] has made no final decision."

On July 4, Roenick text-messaged the Philadelphia Inquirer, apparently confirming he was retired. He wrote to a reporter: "I'm retiring; is that still news?"

Roenick played 18 seasons in the NHL. He played 70 games last season for Phoenix, scoring 11 games and contributing 17 assists. His plus-minus rating was a minus-18.

In his statement to The Hockey News, Abbott said that a formal announcement regarding Roenick's final decision will be made in the next few weeks. He added that there was a recent death in Roenick's family that may have played a factor.

In early July, Coyotes president Doug Moss told The Associated Press he was unaware of Roenick's decision.

Roenick became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Roenick, a Boston native, began his career with Chicago in 1988 and scored 258 of his 495 career goals there, including a career-best 53 in 1991-92, the year his Blackhawks made it to the only Stanley Cup finals of his career. They were swept by Pittsburgh in four games.

The only American-born players with more goals than Roenick, a two-time Olympian, are Mike Modano (507) and Joey Mullen (502).