Scott Nichol has retired from playing professional hockey and will accept a job with the Nashville Predators as the team's director of player development, as seen in a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Nichol, 38, was set to become an unrestricted free agent for the Blues and it seemed highly unlikely the team would give him a new deal due to the emergence of Adam Cracknell, Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves on the fourth line.
Nichol ends his playing days after 662 NHL games. Over that time he scored 56 goals and 71 assists for a total of 127 points. Nichol will be remembered for his physical style of play which always made his small stature (5'9", 178) look like a typo. He was also one of the best in the game at faceoffs. In 2012-13 Nichol won 60.6% of his draws. In 2011-12 he won 57.6%.
Nichol's time with the Blues was rather brief. He spent just two full seasons with the Blues, arriving prior to the 2011-12 season after San Jose elected to let him walk after two years. Prior to that, Nichol spent four years with Nashville, two with Chicago and six years in Buffalo's system.
Here's to wishing Nichol all the best as he starts a new career in Nashville.
Nothing but love for Scotty Nichol after the amount of grit and toughness he added at the bottom of the rotation. We in St. Louis might not have seen his best days, but it's impossible to ignore his dedication to the game over a long and successful career. Best of luck to him, and may he always successfully further the cause of the Nashville Predators so long as they never surpass the Note.