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Paul Gaustad announces retirement

Center played 11 NHL seasons with Sabres, Predators

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Center Paul Gaustad announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday.

Gaustad, 34, played 727 regular-season games over 11 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators. He had two goals and four assists in 63 games with the Predators last season.

"After 14 years as a professional hockey player, I have decided to move on to the next chapter of my life and career," Gaustad wrote on Instagram. "It has been an honor and a privilege to play in the AHL and NHL, and I am forever grateful for the amazing friendships and memories I've made during this journey."

The Fargo, North Dakota, native was the No. 22 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Sabres on March 24, 2003, and was traded to the Predators on Feb. 27, 2012.

He won almost 57 percent of his faceoffs during his career.

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