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New York Rangers forward Markus Naslund announces retirement

NEW YORK - Markus Naslund is calling it quits.

The New York Rangers forward officially announced his retirement Monday. "I would like to sincerely thank Glen Sather and the New York Rangers for giving me the opportunity this past season in New York," Naslund said in a release. "I would also like to thank the Vancouver Canucks and all of their fans for their support over the 11-plus seasons I was a part of their organization, as well as to the Pittsburgh Penguins where I began my NHL career."

The 35-year-old signed a two-year, US$8-million contract with the Rangers last summer after 11 seasons with Vancouver.

The former Canucks captain still had one year remaining on the deal, worth $3 million.

The Swede's 24 goals and 22 assists with New York represented a fifth straight season of decline from his career-high 104 points in 2002-03 with Vancouver.

In 15 seasons in the NHL, Naslund scored 395 goals for 869 points in 1,117 games.

Naslund was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 16th overall in the 1991 NHL draft. He scored 40 or more goals three times in his career.

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