Dear Mr. Brind'Amour,
Firstly, let me say what a huge fan I am of yours. You've been a consistent and powerful voice of leadership for the Hurricanes organization. You've been the face of the organization for so long, and I'll never forget your reaction to winning the Stanley Cup back in 2006. You led the team well and you will always be respected and loved here in the Carolinas.
So this brings us to the difficult, serious part. We need to work on getting you to another team. From what I've seen you definitely don't want to retire, but for whatever reason you're floundering here. A lot of people on this blog are positive that you will be retiring a 'Cane, but I think you should consider the exact opposite. Perhaps you're struggling under the coaching change or chemistry is a bit off or you're just trying to hard to make it up to us the fans for the last couple of years. I think you need a fresh start, yes at 39. Somewhere you can be a difference, I know it. It's up to management and yourself to find somewhere that's a good fit.
I've said that you will always be respected and loved and that's why this is such a difficult discussion. As much as I'd love to see you retire a Hurricane, I'd much rather see you playing well in a different jersey giving you the chance to end your career with a bang and not a whimper here. I want you to do well and it just doesn't seem like that's going to happen down here. Just consider finding a fit outside of the Hurricanes, for your career's sake. While many people here would love to see you remain a 'Cane, I'm sure those same people would love to see you doing well in another system.
Whatever you decide to do, whatever option you take remember, we will always respect you. But how about for once think about yourself and your career. I just don't want people to confuse your legacy with the last few years play.
Good Luck Rod,
Paul Molnar (Callsign:Rubyhawk)