Mark Recchi proved that experience can hang with youth when pushed to the brink.
Recchi, 43, helped lead the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup before riding off into the sunset of retirement.
A handful of other NHLers are on their last legs but hoping to squeeze out one last championship run before they call it quits. Some still have something to offer, while others are just a shell of their former selves.
Whatever the reason, each player on this list would be wise to retire after this season.