Glen Wesley, the last remaining member of the Hartford Whalers in their no-longer-new digs as the Carolina Hurricanes, retired today after twenty years of NHL service. No word if “The Brass Bonanza” was played at his press conference.
Wesley won the Cup back in 2006 with Carolina, but I usually think of the Whalers’ failed attempt to sign him to an RFA offer sheet followed by the Bruins dealing him to the Whalers for three first-round picks, which included Sergei Samsonov and Kyle McLaren. He also accompanied Cam Neely from Vancouver in the Canucks’ ill-fated deal for Barry Pederson. Wesley follows former Flyer, Whaler, and Hurricane Sami Kapanen into NHL retirement.