Stu Barnes, who played for the Panthers from 1993-96, has decided to retire from the NHL after 16 pretty darned good seasons. Barnes ends his career with the Dallas Stars, and he'll remain in the Metroplex, joining the Stars as an assistant coach.
Many look upon the trade of Barnes to Pittsburgh as the end of the Panthers' joyride through the South Florida sports landscape.
A gritty winger, Barnes was a big part of the Florida squad that, just three years into its existence, made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Then-GM Bryan Murray took a lot of heat when he traded the popular Barnes (along with Jason Woolley) to the Penguins in exchange for Chris Wells just a month into the 1996-97 season.
Now 37, Barnes was originally drafted by Winnipeg with the fourth overall pick in the 1989 draft. Barnes played in over 1,100 NHL games, playing for the Jets, Panthers, Pens, Sabres and Stars. The Panthers originally acquired Barnes early on in their first season in a trade with the Jets.
Barnes scored 49 goals with 72 assists in 191 games with the Panthers. He ends his career with 261 goals and 336 assists.