After spending his final NHL season in Nashville, Barret Jackman will retire as a member of the Blues.
The St. Louis Blues announced on Monday morning that defenseman Barret Jackman will announce his retirement in a 2:00 PM press conference on Tuesday at Scottrade Center. It’s safe to say that Jackman has closer ties to the Bluenote than most other players who have ever worn the uniform, and along with his fellow wearer of the number 5, Bob Plager, Bob’s brother Barclay, and the two guys who will speak at his press conference–former teammates Chris Pronger and Al MacInnis–Jackman is one of the most celebrated defensemen in club history.
Jackman is second in franchise history in games played (803) and fourth in penalties in minutes (1,026). As a member of the Blues, he had 28 goals and 153 assists, and he also added two goals and five assists over 39 playoff games.
If not for the itch (and financial incentive) to play one more season, Jackman could have played his entire career in the Bluenote. He instead decided to play the 2015-16 season for the Nashville Predators, though, scoring one goal and adding four assists in 73 games while acting as a strong mentor for 22-year-old defenseman Seth Jones before the Preds traded the young phenom to Columbus in early January. Jackman also appeared in 14 playoff games, collecting no points.