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Wednesday, April 16

Updated: May 19, 1:47 PM ET

Tucker: Corson can't bear stress of game

Associated Press

TORONTO -- Veteran left winger Shayne Corson is considering retirement, his teammate and brother-in-law Darcy Tucker said Wednesday.

Shayne Corson
Corson

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.




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