March 16th, 2010, 9:59 am
After reading this article, I marvel again at the ability of Doug Wilson to get anyone to take Jonathan Cheechoo and his contract, currently $3.5M per year, with another year left after this one. That’s not to say I don’t feel bad for ol’ Cheech. He seems as bewildered as anyone about his descent into mediocrity. Actually, mediocrity would be a gift for him right now. As someone that always carried himself with class, and would still be considered a fan favorite in San Jose, his dismal output in Ottawa (14 points in 61 games) is the only thing that matters in the NHL. And even though his productivity has improved with the Binghamton Senators (9 points in 14 games), his defensive ability hasn’t (-7). Looks like he’ll be getting bought out this off-season, which would give him *only* $1.16 million for the next two years. Most likely he’ll never see money like that again.
Maybe he can pull a Rick Ankiel and come back as a goalie. Either way, Cheech, good luck.