After hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup it sure sounded like Jamal Mayers would have been ok with retiring. However after a few weeks it sounds like Mayers isn't ready to hang up his skates.
Mayers' agent, Pat Brisson, told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that he would like to continue his career. He also said they were optimistic that he will be on a NHL roster come September.
While many teams probably wouldn't mind adding a player like Mayers, it is pretty clear he won't be re-signing with the Blackhawks. The door for his return was most likely closed once Michal Handzus re-signed.
My guess is his main goal in returning would be to hoist the cup once again. So he would be looking for a legit title contender and not a fringe playoff team. Also unless he wants to move his family, I would assume maybe a Midwest team would be ideal. Maybe a return to St. Louis, where he spent the first 10 years of his career, would be something that interests him.
Mayers is a great guy in the locker room and is willing to play on the cheap. He was paid $650,000 last season.
During the past two seasons in Chicago he had played in 99 regular season games but only three post season games. Those three games came during last season's postseason. Wth that being said he is still a usual player who can help mentor younger guys, provide some toughness and can win a faceoff or two.
While he does want to continue to play, I wouldn't be surprised that in a few months if we hear that Mayers has decided to hang them up. He will be turning 39 in October and might decide, if the offer isn't right, that he'd rather spend some time with the family. Or maybe he could decide to get into coaching. Many players as well as Coach Joel Quenneville commented during the playoffs what a good coach Mayers could be.
Perhaps Coach Q or the Hawks could find him a spot to keep him in the organization. I guess we will just have to wait and see.