John Madden Retires; Joins Habs Coaching Staff

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Panthers forward John Madden hadn’t signed anywhere yet this summer, and at the age of 39, he has announced his retirement, then to be hired by the Montreal Canadiens to scouting and evaluate free agent players at the US college level.

Madden played 898 games over 13 NHL seasons, scoring 165 goals and 348 points with the Devils, Blackhawks, Wild and Panthers.

Madden was a member of the Devils’ 1999–2000 and 2002–03 Stanley Cup champion clubs. After the retirement of long-time captain Scott Stevens before the 2005–06 season, the Devils abandoned the use of the captain’s ‘C’ and instead used four alternate captains, drawing from a pool of Madden, Brian Rafalski, Colin White, Scott Gomez, Alexander Mogilny, and Patrik Elias. Madden has continued to wear the alternate captain’s ‘A’, except for a short time in the 2007–08 season, in which the ‘A’ was given to Brian Gionta, Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias (Elias, after having the captaincy taken away). Once Jamie Langenbrunner, on December 5, 2007 was named captain, Madden once again was assigned the ‘A’, along with defenseman Colin White.

As an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009, he signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $2.75 million. He won his third Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks that year. On August 6, 2010, Madden signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild, and after a year of playing mainly on the fourth line, Madden signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers in January of 2012, joining former Blackhawks teammates Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell, and Tomas Kopecky.

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