Senators Waive Jonathan Cheechoo

June 28th, 2010 by Warren Twocock Leave a reply »
In a move that may mark the end of his NHL career, the Ottawa Senators have waived forward Jonathan Cheechoo. After clearing waivers, Cheechoo can then have the remaining $3.5 million of his contract bought out and will be free to sign anywhere as a free agent.

It's hard to believe that just four years ago, Cheechoo was coming off a season in which he lead the NHL in goal scoring with 56, winning the Rocket Richard Trophy, and signing a five year $17.5 million contract. The future looked bright for Cheechoo, but injuries took a huge toll on the big bodied forward, and his production slipped annually after 2005-06.  By 2008-09 with San Jose Cheechoo was reduced to fourth line duty, and was dealt to Ottawa as partial compensation for Dany Heatley, primarily because San Jose had to move Cheechoo's contract

A change of scenery didn't help Cheechoo however, as his numbers continued to decline with only 5 goals in 61 games before being assigned to Binghampton in the AHL. It is virtually unforeseeable that Cheechoo will be claimed on waivers, and whether anyone will sign him to a minimum salary contract remains to be seen .

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