When I first heard there was an e3 rumor that Michael Peca was comming to Columbus, I kind of got a little excited. Now that he's signed I really have some mixed emotions about him being on the Jackets.
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<h3>Why I like Michael Peca as a Blue Jacket</h3>
It seems to me that every year, that the Jackets are a team that look like they can be a decent team on paper, but it never translates to the game on the ice. It also seems like Rick Nash's performances dictate the team's success. However, I think that bringing Peca to Columbus, possibly brings more credibility. Now that they have another big name, you can almost think there might (and i stress might) be more publicity for the Blue Jackets. The fact the Jackets may be making some waves is a sign of improvement.
<h3>Why I'm worried</h3>
Columbus might have made a slight mistake. This could be a move to pad their team's strength on paper. The Jackets need another scoring center, and Peca isn't that guy. Although he is a good face-off guy, and that's a great asset to have, the Jackets are hurting for offensive production. Peca has not scored more than 20 goals since the 2001-02 season. Peca is a head-case at times as well. He is not a locker room guy, which might cause some issues with team chemistry. The biggest problem I have with Peca, is that he seems to have an ego, and with Ken Hitchcock, that will not be acceptable. Peca better understand that before he sets foot on the ice for training camp.
I am excited for Peca's signing, but there is possible baggage that might be comming along with him. It's nice to see the management finally make some kind of significant move. However, the Jackets need to be careful with Peca, because he might not turn out to be the player they wanted.
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