You'll imagine my surprise, and horror, when I read on TSN, that the Dallas Stars had extended an offer for Mr. Cheechoo to attend their training camp. I was even more horrified, no, worse...mortified, when I was checking Yahoo! for this post and stumbled across this:
|Dear Yahoo!, please don't give me unnecessary heart palpitations. It's just an invite, not a contract. (source: Yahoo!)|
No offense to Mr. Cheechoo, but I pray this is some kind of sick joke by Nieuwendyk to bring him in and show the rest of the team what a flash in the pan looks like. I mean sure the Stars got first hand looks at Patrik Stefan (thank you for a moment none of us will ever forget), Valeri Kamensky, Ladislav Nagy, Janne Niinimaa (oh God, make the pain go away), Junior Lessard (former Hobey Baker winner for the NCAA followers), and Valeri Bure (definitely not Pavel) among others, but remember that most of this team is really young, so they've yet to see a massive full blown poster child of an NHL failure on their team.
To make matters worse, I actually see the team extending a contract to the guy for something more than the league minimum. Sorry, but if Mike Comrie is playing for $500K, then Cheechoo should pay us to let him on the team. I also don't see how he would fit on this team. Or where for that matter. The only reason he played well at all was because he had some guy named Joe Thornton passing him the puck (I think that's right, I've never seen that name come playoff time). I'm sure Brad Richards could
All this being said, I see Joe being a dumb ass and offering some insane incentive laden contract that could make him in the $1 to 1.5 million range. Which leaves me with one final question. Why couldn't they afford a hometown discount contract for Modano again?