A few weeks ago (maybe even a few moths ago), Eklund floated a rumor out there about the possibility of Michael Peca returning to the Sabres. When I read it back then, I immediately dismissed it as nonsense (no offense Ek!).
Now however, looking through the lens of the Sabres current situation (which doesn’t looks so rosy), Peca seems like a very good option for 3rd line center.
We all remember Peca. He was to Buffalo what Drury has become. The hard-working, all-around “hockey player’s” hockey player. (that’s the second time I used that term in my blog but hey… I like it!). He does the little things, kills penalties, brings it every night and provides that coveted veteran leadership.
If you listened to the Darcy, Lindy and Larry press conference, Peca seems like just what the doctor ordered!
The icing on the cake… This signing could be a nice “PR coup” to ease the fan grumbling from losing our captains AND he’ll come pretty cheap. I would guess $2million or so.
Here’s a look at possible line combinations with Captain Crunch back on board:
Kotalik – Connolly – Pommer
Vanek – Roy – Afinegenov
Hecht – Peca – Stafford
Mair – Goose – Paille
That third line looks like something much better suited for playing a bit of defensive hockey in the playoffs next year don’t you think?
If you’re still skeptical about this, check out today’s entry from Maple Leaf blogger Howard Berger… then let me know what you think!