From the first game in 2001 you could not keep your eyes off this guy. "Who the heck is this kid and how in the world did they find him?" Every single year he made improvements to his foundation of insanely out of this world skills and creativity. He got stronger, he got better on D, he shot more, he stole more pucks, he developed even more jaw dropping moves, he started actually celebrating goals a little bit more with the rest of us (who were usually jumping and screaming at what we saw), and he took on the role of a leader. Above all he was and is a class act.
I have zero tolerance or respect for those who are angry that he is leaving and feel he somehow "owes" the Wings or you anything. It is his life and like all of ours, you get only one and it is short. He lost his mother at about the same age his daughter is now. Of course I don't know the man, but I think it is easy to figure this out and appreciate the internal struggles he wrestled with. Family is more important than anything. Good for him.