Citing a recurring hip injury, goaltender Pascal Leclaire has announced his retirement.
Leclaire, 30, was taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the eighth pick of the 2001 NHL Draft and spent parts of six seasons with the team. He spent his final two seasons with the Ottawa Senators after being traded in March 2009 -- he played 48 games and sat out all of last season due to the hip problems. He had three surgeries on his hip during last season but has been unable to recover enough to allow him to play again.
In 173 NHL games, Leclaire went 61-76-15 with a 2.89 goals-against average, a .904 save percentage and 10 shutouts. His best season was 2007-08, when he went 24-17-6 and was second in the League with nine shutouts. He played a career-best 54 games that season, but never skated in more than 35 in any other season due to injuries to his groin, ankle, knee, hip and face.