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Barnes One of the original fan favorites of the Florida Panthers is calling it a career.

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.

Wells 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.

Bm Call it coincidence, but the Panthers haven't won a single playoff series -- and have won but one playoff game -- since the infamous trade. Cursed? You be the judge.

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.


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i loved barnes he brought it every night for every team he's played for no matter how good or bad the team was.

Those were the days...of winning.

this new team sucks

Stu Barnes always a class act. Always gave 100% for the team. That trade for Chris Wells is the worst Panthers trade in Panthers history. We gave up a huge player for a slug. A trade that was much worse than the Luongo trade because we have good players in Bryan Allen and Shawn Matthias that will helps for years to come. We got nothing for Stu Barnes. Next poll George, Worst Panthers Trade. Also thanks for giving us hockey addicts a little bit of hockey in the off season. I think I speak for all when I say we appreciate it. You are becoming my must read blog.

Looking back, even Jason Wooley for Chris Wells was a bad trade, let alone including Stu Barnes as part of the deal. BM really crapped up on that one...

They were a tough team when the played the Flyers during that time period.

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