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Tucker: Corson can't bear stress of game
TORONTO -- Veteran left winger Shayne Corson is considering
retirement, his teammate and brother-in-law Darcy Tucker said
Corson left the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, ending a season
marred by illness and waning production.
Corson, upset at being a healthy scratch in Toronto's 4-3
double-overtime victory over Philadelphia on Monday night, told
coach and general manager Pat Quinn after the game that he was
leaving the team and would not return.
"It's 70 percent that he doesn't want to play the game
anymore," Tucker said. "He doesn't want to deal with the stress
of hockey. I think it was magnified in his own hometown here. It
just built as he went along here. If I was a betting man right now,
I'd bet this was his last kick at it."
Already saddled from a recurring colitis problem that flared up
recently, Corson also has had anxiety attacks during his time in
Toronto. He signed with the Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2000.
Tucker said Corson was worried the attacks would return.
"His psyche led him to believe that this was a decision he had
to make," Tucker said.
Ric Jackman, a healthy scratch for the first three games, wasn't
pleased with the timing of Corson's decision.
"I think everybody is a little angry, but it's his decision,"
Jackman said. "I'm not focused on that right now. I'm sure
everybody would prefer not to have any drama like this in the
playoffs, but that's life, that's the way it is, that's what we got
dealt, and we're going to deal with it."
The 36-year-old Corson was in the lineup for the first two games
of the series in Philadelphia.
Corson had lost some of his effectiveness this season, appearing
in just 46 regular-season games. He had 15 points, including a
career-low seven goals.
He missed the final five games with a digestive disorder and was
a healthy scratch for seven straight games in February. He had said
it was the first time he was a healthy scratch in his 18-year career.
Agent Rick Curran said Tuesday that Corson was depressed about
his diminishing role with the Leafs.
Corson, a three-time All-Star, is in the final year of a
three-year contract that paid him $2.45 million this season.
In 1,139 regular-season games with Montreal, Edmonton, St. Louis
and Toronto, the 6-foot-1 Corson has 268 goals, 415 assists and
2,328 penalty minutes. In 133 playoff games, he has 38 goals, 48
assists and 277 penalty minutes.