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

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).