I don't really have a lot of time to write this blog, I just got back from my grandparents after a long weekend of putting a new roof on the barn here in beautiful Nova Scotia. It was miserable all weekend, it absolutely poored all weekend. I finally got a chance to go for a walk on the beach, although the water was pretty cold (Brrrr!). I only have another 5 days here in Nova Scotia and might as well make the best of it!
All the talk recently in regards to Michael Peca, I thought it would be only fair to give my personal, unbiased opinion on Peca. I never thought their would be as much 'hype' as too where Peca could end up. Many teams have expressed interest in Peca's services. The Rangers, Leafs, Sabres and Blue Jackets have all inquired to Peca's agents in regards to adding one of the leagues most respected defensive players. Peca, who only stands 5'11" and 190 pounds isn't much of an intimidating body when he is on the ice. He was one recognized as one of the leagues best open ice hitters. He has tremendous defensive instincts, great on the penalty kill and in face offs. He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy on two occasions in 96/97 and 01/02. The question is, after last seasons devastating fractured tibia is it worth putting even a minor down-payment on such a fragile player?
Many teams have showed interest in adding Peca, the Rangers we're believed to be the front runner. The Rangers, who have already added big names in Chris Drury and Scott Gomez this off-season are looking at adding Peca to put onto the shut-down line and are still looking at Ed Jovanovski. Columbus, who are reported today to be interested in Peca could use the veteran forward. Columbus who already have a star player in Rick Nash could definitely use Peca in a shut-down role to eliminate as many goals are Columbus has given up in previous years.
His best season point production wise was in 2001/2002 season with the New York Islanders recorded 60 points (25G, 35A, +19) and winning the Frank J. Selke Trophy. With a dismal 06/07 season where he missed the remaining 49 games with a fractured tibia, would you be willing to spend around $1.2 million dollars per-season pending Peca passing a physical?