Jackman signed a one-day contract to retire as a St. Louis Blue on Tuesday. Jackman retires from the NHL after 876 career games, over 800 of which were played with St. Louis. Not considered a prolific scorer, he managed just 29 goals, the gritty blueliner did rack up 1102 PIM over the course of 14 seasons. Selected 17th overall by the Blues in the 1999 NHL Draft out of the WHL, Jackman went on to win the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2002-03 as the rookie of the year.
Jackman will announce his retirement at a press conference Tuesday. The 35-year-old defenseman totaled career lows in ice time and points last season with Nashville, so it's clear his skills have been on the decline. He will retire as a member of the Blues, a team he played with for 13 seasons of his 14-year career.
Jackman was placed on unconditional waivers Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. He's facing a contract buyout from the Predators. After spending his first 13 NHL seasons in St. Louis, Jackman attracted Nashville in free agency ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. He was used sparingly by the Preds, averaging a career-low 13:51 of ice time. While the 35-year-old will never be mistaken for a scoring threat, he's a fearless veteran who isn't afraid to get in the way of pucks -- he's blocked 342 shots in the last three years.
Jackman was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's 5-3 win against the Stars. With Shea Weber returning from a three-game absence due to to lower-body injury, somebody had to sit, and Jackman was unlucky enough to draw the short straw. Mind you, with just five points in 61 games, he has not contributed much offensively this season. Furthermore, his plus-1 rating suggests he is barely keeping his head above water defensively. Bottom line, Jackman represents too big of a fantasy risk to be in your lineup right now. Seek out other options if you can.
Jackman enters the All-Star break with just three points in 49 games this season. Jackman registered exactly 15 points in each of the previous two seasons, but will be lucky to reach double-digits this year given his current pace. In truth, with guys like Shea Weber and Roman Josi patrolling the Preds' blue line, the team really doesn't need him to add much by way of offense anyway. Other than his team-leading 60 PIM, Jackman doesn't rank particularly well in any peripheral stat category, giving him marginal value at best in most fantasy formats.
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