Miroslav Satan Retires

Kevin Schultz

Former 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.




27 comments
csh205
csh205

Always a class guy.

phishstyx1
phishstyx1

Imagine what Vanek would be like three years into that deal the Isles offered? Yashin. Good god how clueless is that dope Garth Snow

erika
erika

Miro was a solid offensive player for us. It makes me laugh that many of you were drooling over lazy-ass Vanek, and yet you are dissing Miro.

God I hope Garth doesn't get his usual stroke of brilliance (sarcasm), and signs Vanek during the summer because no one else wants him, and then does an interview with that smug face and tells the fan base this was his plan all along! UGH!!!

NO TEAM WILL EVER WIN THE CUP WITH VANEK ON IT!

cournoyer
cournoyer

Another nice Euro perimeter player in his day that was allergic to corners

Bob Garzone
Bob Garzone

Isles fans should be very happy and proud for this guy. The game Ted Nolan asked Al Arbour to coach 1 game for his 1,000th win Miro scored the late tying and game winning goals. Kudos on your retirement Miro and TY.

fourcups
fourcups

Always said Satan was one of those guys who would ever carry a Cup around the ice. Wrong again. He won a Cup.

fourcups
fourcups

Never physical enough for me.

Mark Kaiser
Mark Kaiser

Satan to purchase Islanders with aid from the Criptcap Corporation?

shlo
shlo

Satan said that the sale will be when hell freezes over ,  bumbarambum

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

When I read that Satan had retired I was hoping to hear that the sale of the team had been finalized.

camb33
camb33

I read that real quick and thought It said, Miroslav Satan RETURNS!?!? ...I wouldn't have been surprised with this franchise

Dan Coscino
Dan Coscino

No offense to Miro, who was a good offensive player, but I am more interested in seeing what happens with another, more recently former Sabre/Islander from central Europe. People on this board seem to hate him but he really clicked with JT and KO in his brief time here. And if we're going to judge Vanek on how poorly he's played in the last couple of games against the Rangers then what's to say about former fan favorite Matt Moulson? I saw quite a bit of the Wild's series versus the Avs and MM was so unnoticeable that, for a couple of games there, I just assumed he was out of the lineup. 

Billy Thoesen
Billy Thoesen

Maybe he'll come out of retirement to play wing on JTs line

Hhhaaa haaa

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

Maybe the Islanders should hire him as a consultant to convince Halak to sign here.

myisles
myisles

I could give 2 shits!!!

myisles72
myisles72

@Dan Coscino  Agreed. I doubt Moulson is back with the Wild. Moulson's a great guy, but I wonder if he really cashes in with free agency. He was invisible with the Wild, and he was pulled off of JT's wing in the playoffs last year. I loved having Moulson on the team, but I'm not sure if he's the top line left wing that we need. Maybe he ends up in LA, but he might not be getting the contract he thought he could get.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@puckznpadz  

Satan still lives here on Long Island in Jericho and your aside comment is probably not too far off base...  Garth Snow should use every option available to him to sign Halak and having Satan speak with him in their native language just might be an influence.  Signing Halak before July 1st is almost an imperative.  Failing to do so would be a monumental failure on Snow's part and a damaging blow to the reputation of the team he leads...

dkdk
dkdk

Satan retires ... I took it as wang sold

Steven Cook
Steven Cook

Moulson was out of the lineup for games 5 and 6 of that series.