Friday, August 10, 2007

Peca wants to be on Broadway

And his agent is saying that he is ONLY in talks with Rangers management at this point, trying to make something work.

"I'm talking to Glen," Peca's agent Don Meehan said. "If you ask me, I'd say the chances are 50-50 that he'll sign with the Rangers. Michael is extremely interested in them. And we're not really talking to anybody else."

The Rangers need a 3rd line center to replace the departed Matt Cullen, who headed back to Carolina this summer. The Rangers shed themselves of Cullen's $2.8 million salary.
Peca's value is dropping now. He earned $2.5 million with the Leafs last season after earning just under $4 million with the Oilers the previous season. His constant injuries (knee especially) are becoming a factor. So it will be interesting to see what the Rangers or any other team will pay the 33-year old center.
In my opinion, it had better be considerably less than what Cullen was earning, otherwise, what was the point of getting rid of Cullen? It's hard for me to say this, but I'd rather have Cullen on my roster than Peca. What do you think? Can't knock Peca's defensive and leadership abilities though.
Cullen is just as or more gritty than Peca and can put up more points. In a lesser role with the Rangers, he scored 16 goals and 41 points in 80 games. He had 25 goals the previous year with the Canes. His presence was missed in Carolina last year.
The decision on Peca's fate with New York is coming soon. It could be as early as today.

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At August 10, 2007 at 5:27 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Damn, I was hoping he'd be back with the Leafs :(

His leadership will be missed.. And yet another player that was only given a season (or less) to make their mark in toronto, while crap-asses like antropov keep on slacking it up.

Damn you, MLSE!

At August 10, 2007 at 5:40 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I hear the Leafs were only offering him 1/2 of his salary for last year.

He was good in Toronto. He was even scoring at almost a .500 PPG average. That's better than he was doing in Edmonton.

Oh well.

At August 12, 2007 at 11:43 a.m. , Blogger jimbuff said...

Peca's best days are behind him. A great sign for his experience and leadership but production would be down. He is worth signing but not for any major dollar amount. The Leafs offer sounded about right for him at this point of his career.

At August 15, 2007 at 1:56 p.m. , Anonymous paul said...

i think its a a done deal... nhl line is reporting that he signed for 1 year... terms not disclosed...


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