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The Cheechoo Dilemma (or lack thereof)

There are many things that we could discuss now regarding the current state of the Sharks.  However, I thought I would distract myself by thinking of other areas within the organization and couldn't help but think of Jonathan Cheechoo.

Cheechoo was once one of the most feared snipers in the NHL, burying 56 goals the year after lockout.  However, Cheechoo failed to adjust to NHL 2.0 after the rest of the league adjusted and was also hindered by injuries.  Not fast enough to be in the top 6, but also not physical (or cheap) enough to play in the bottom six, Cheechoo was traded away along with the inconsistent Milan Michalek to Ottawa in what has turned out to be a brilliant trade for the Sharks.  Cheechoo posted poor numbers in the Senators and was cut loose after the season.

Hardly big news this past summer, but many hearts were warmed this summer when we learned that Jonathan Cheechoo was invited to join the Worcester Sharks this season.  Way past his prime and ravaged by constant nagging injuries, I don't think many of us really read much into it.  However, Cheechoo has been holding his own down in the AHL posting 5 goals and 11 assists in 17 games, which leads our team.  AHL numbers do not necessarily translate to NHL numbers.  But one cannot help to wonder if we will ever see Cheechoo called up again.  He would not longer have the massive cap hit that we were once worried about and would almost immediately regain his title as a fan favorite.

I don't know much about how something like that could happen.  I'm still fairly certain that he will never get back into the NHL, at least not for the Sharks.  But I wanted to know what the community thought of the Cheechoo dilemma (or lack thereof).

This item was created by a member of this blog's community and is not necessarily endorsed by Fear The Fin.

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