RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour is retiring after 21 NHL seasons to take an unspecified job with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The team's former captain said Wednesday that his decision was made easier after he talked with general manager Jim Rutherford and they decided he wouldn't fit with the Hurricanes' rebuilding plan.
He says trying to land with another team "never, ever felt right" and said Rutherford asked that he remain with the organization in some capacity.
The decision wasn't entirely unexpected. The captain of Carolina's 2006 Stanley Cup championship team, Brind'Amour turns 40 in August and three months ago wrapped up his worst statistical season in which he yielded his captaincy to Eric Staal and slipped to the team's fourth line.
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