First off I have to say how much I enjoy hearing all of the updates that happen on this site. Even the Mike Peca ones. That's why I check in once or twice daily. However, with all due respect to everyone who's following the ongoing Peca saga, I'd like to shed a little light on the situation.
Mike Peca will not contribute greatly to a team this year. He hasn't done anything productive since the 2001 season, 25 goals. Since then, he's been collecting grossly inflated money and underperforming in every sense of the word. Now, I must say some Oiler fans would disagree slightly with this statement as he was a force in the playoffs for them. But what a lot of people forget is he was one of the players on the team ready to mail it in when it looked like they'd miss the playoffs. He was the one talking about leaving before the season was even over. And he never even started playing well until they won game 3 against the Sharks when he could see they might have a chance.
I know I may be being a little harsh with him. But take a look at his numbers over the past 4 seasons.
02-03 13g 42pts
03-04 11g 40 pts
05-06 9g 23pts
06-07 4g 15pts (35 games) which put him on pace for a blazing 10 goals, 35 points. Give or take.
So what's all the commotion for. So you can overpay a guy who's going to give you numbers that you can get from Shean Donovan or Marty Reasoner or any other 4th line contributer who gets paid under a million.
Leafs fans... you're not missing out on anything here. You do have some holes to fill but let's hope JFJ can find someone of good value to fill the void.
In conclusion, the Rangers should really give their heads a shake. They already have their top 2 centers and Sean Avery. Avery has been outperforming Peca over the last couple seasons and will be cheaper. I'm not an Avery fan, but unless you think Peca's going to sign to be a 4th liner, I don't think so. Let him go... let him be one of the guys to "try out" for a team. If you ask me, that's about all he's worth right now.