Kevin SchultzFormer Islander and subject of a million Devil jokes, Miroslav Satan announced his retirement from hockey yesterday at the age of 39.
He scored over 200 goals during his 14-year NHL career, but he’ll probably be most known for his name that evoked all kinds of hell-acious jokes and lots of hopes that he would eventually sign with the Devils, so you know, the Devils could sell a jersey that said ‘Satan’ on the back.
Back in 2005, Satan signed a three-year deal with the Islanders, which was announced as such on the team website: “Satan Comes to Long Island“. That’s an amazing headline.
Although his tenure on the Island was short, he made it count with a 35-goal year to start off with and 78 combined over the three years. And, after that, his tenure seemed to live on almost in perpetuity as it seemed like each year he was being rumored to be re-signing with the Islanders at some point. It was pretty much the internet joke/rumor du jour of each training camp.
In the summer of 2009, Allan Walsh let everyone know that his client was available and in negotiations with the Islanders. Satan also let Newsday know that he’d like to be back with his former team. He ended up signing on in Boston in January of the following year. It surfaced again the following summer when Walsh let it be known that he was shopping his clients to the Islanders, of which Satan was one.
In 2011 Satan trained at Iceworks in August, but that one was dismissed by Garth Snow, saying that he was only there because the facility is open to current and former Islanders.
In 2012, a foreign interview picked up Lubomir Visnovsky saying that the Islanders were in negotiations and finally, it randomly popped up again this past summer in a foreign interview with Visnovsky.
Good to luck to Miro Satan, and hopefully now the yearly rumors can retire as well.