Former Penguins forward Stu Barnes ended his 16-year NHL career today as he announced his retirement. He will become an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars, a team he has played for since the 2002-03 season. Barnes had dealt with concussion problems last season.
Barnes was a solid, responsible two-way player who had a fairly productive, but short career with the Penguins. After being acquired along with defenseman Jason Woolley from the Panthers in exchange for former first-round bust Chris Wells, he punched in 17 goals and 22 assists in 1996-97 during Mario Lemieux's first "final" season. His most productive season in the NHL came with the Penguins in 1997-98 (the first season of the Kevin Constantine regime) as he hit career highs in goals (30) and points (65). Only Jaromir Jagr (102) and Ron Francis (87) had more points with the Penguins that season.
After hitting the 20-goal mark in 64 games the next season, the Penguins dealt him to the Sabres in exchange for antagonist Matthew Barnaby.
While with the Sabres, Barnes scored a pretty dramatic overtime goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final against the Penguins.
Barnes' 136 career points with the Penguins are the 55th most in franchise history.
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