The Ottawa Senators made it official, they have bought out the final year of Jonathan Cheechoo’s contract. The right winger is now set to become a free agent on July 1st.
The Buffalo Sabres are still looking for the right dance partner for Thomas Vanek, hoping to spark a player who is supposed to be leading the team in the goals category. Falling well short of his potential this year, I might want to try Cheechoo on for size this year, if it might mean pairing him with Thomas Vanek, and putting a skill center between them.
Cheechoo’s best years came in the two years after the lockout, where he scored 56 and 37 respectively, winning the “Rocket” award in 2005-2006.
His numbers dipped after that drastically, and he has not been able to find the groove again, having been snubbed by the Senators.
Joining the Buffalo Sabres means diving into a depth chart that includes Mike Grier, Patrick Kaleta, Mark Mancari, Jason Pominville, and Drew Stafford.
Mancari has not pulled regular duty in Buffalo, so that would put Cheechoo over him. Kaleta is a third line winger at best. With the seasons that Pominville and Stafford had – I would rather see a battle at training camp for the top four right wing spots than giving automatic bids to guys just because they wore blue and gold before.
Im ready to try Cheechoo on for size, how about you?