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Dallas veteran Lehtinen retiring or 'seriously considering' it?

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Remember all that hullabaloo between the Toronto Sun and Pension Plan Puppets over a translated article?

One of the teachable moments from that mess was how unreliable ye olde Google Translate is when compared to a flesh-and-blood translator turning gibberish into quotable gold.

So, is former Dallas Stars winger and current unrestricted free agent Jere Lehtinen(notes) retiring? Sportsnet believes so in its headline "Lehtinen to retire," citing "an online report" in saying that Lehtinen is "ready to retire." (Actually, they had it as "Jeri" Lehtinen, so maybe he's the one retiring.)

The online report in question (s/t Hockeyutopia) is likely this article from a Finnish publication today which, through the magic of Google Translate, reads:

Lehtinen, 37, met the Dallas CEO Joe Nieuwendyk in last week, but that did not take place, that category should be continued. Lehtinen did not participate in training camp in Dallas.

Seriously think about a career in an end, eh? "Yes, you can put it in there. Is it true," Lehtinen said.

Summer placements Lehtinen took lightly. Their own words, he spent a difference in the summer. It was a step towards a career in the end.

You don't have to be Renny Harlin (proud Finn, director of "Die Hard 2") to comprehend that a 37-year-old forward in statistic decline may not have a home on the reloading Stars next season. He had a meeting with Nieuwendyk last week and it appeared the puck was in the Jere's end to retire.

Defending Big D recently dedicated a post about his future:

Lehtinen's been a coach's dream of a player his entire career in Dallas. You never hear him complain and you never question his work ethic when he's out on the ice. And just as the Stars of the late 90's and early 00's needed Lehtinen's hard work and hockey smarts, so to could the rebuilding 2009-10 Dallas Stars benefit from Lehtinen's infectious work ethic.

All that having been said, there isn't a single Stars fan, IMO, that would blame Lehtinen if he decided to hang them up. He's had a rough three year stretch from a health standpoint. And even as durable and resilient as Lehtinen has been, every player has a limit, both physically and mentally. If Lehtinen hasn't reached that limit, it's clear he's getting close to it.

Indeed. And if he does, it's yet another iconic Dallas player leaving the fold, after Modano and Turco and Zubov a few years back. But change is necessary. Not, like, firing Dave Tippett change, but cutting the old guys change.

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