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#1 Derek21

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 11:21 PM

http://sports.yahoo....V...p&type=lgns

Penguins waive LeClair
November 30, 2006

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- John LeClair was placed on waivers Thursday by the Pittsburgh Penguins, a decision designed to try to move the three-time 50-goal scorer to another team.

If LeClair clears waivers by Friday, the Penguins must decide whether to release him and be responsible for his $1.5 million salary or keep him and try to work out a trade in which they might have to pick up part of his salary.

The 37-year-old LeClair, a healthy scratch for two of Pittsburgh's last six games, signed with the Penguins in August 2005 following the NHL's lengthy labor impasse. He had 22 goals and 51 points last season, but his ice time dipped this season after the Penguins added rookies Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal.

LeClair has two goals and five assists in 21 games. His playing-time average of less than 12 minutes is the lowest for any Penguins player who has appeared in at least 20 games. By contrast, Malkin is averaging about 20 minutes.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero made the move after consulting with LeClair, who has not complained publicly about his lack of playing time.

"It's frustrating, but you have to deal with it," LeClair said.

LeClair, who did not accompany the Penguins to New Jersey for their game Friday night, is 33 games short of playing in 1,000 in his NHL career. He has 406 goals and 413 assists for 819 points in 967 career games.

The Penguins also assigned forward Andre Roy to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL after clearing waivers. He has played in five games this season and has been little used since being signed by former general manager Craig Patrick last year.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 12:17 AM

He might be finished.

Peter Bondra is still out there and training, he's going to be signed at the latest point possible since teams are going to try to get him with the most possible gas left in the tank. This is the guy I'd try and get for the 3rd line.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 07:07 AM

and Bondra needs just 2 goals for the Magic 500, so I too expect him to sign at some point.

As far as LeClair is concerned, you had a nice career. But I don't expect to see you in the NHL come next October.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 07:13 AM

The Penguins placed John LeClair on waivers Thursday, making it all but official the veteran left wingerís days in Pittsburgh are few. That is, if another team is desperate enough to claim him.

But LeClair isnít the only longtime league warhorse who appears to be on a fast track to the glue factory. Here are a few names worth keeping an eye on, before they disappear into the history books:

Oleg Tverdovsky, Kings
. Itís tough to believe this guy went second overall in the 1994 draft. Now the 11-year vet is on his fourth team in as many NHL seasons and is on pace for his lowest offensive output since an injury-shortened 13-point campaign with New Jersey in 2002-03. You could almost forgive that declining aspect of his game if he wasnít softer than a month-old grape. But he is, so you canít.

Jeremy Roenick, Coyotes. If good olí JR thought he could escape his dreadful performance last year in Los Angeles by moving to the desert, he was sadly mistaken. Matter of fact, with just four assists and five points in 23 games this season, Roenick could end up with worse numbers than he had as a King (13 assists and 18 points in 58 games). The saddest part: heís 15 goals short of 500 in his career, but seems further away from reaching the milestone than he did five years ago.

Jeff Friesen, Flames.
Once upon a time, he could be depended on for 20-odd goals and 50-something points. But since the lockout ended, Friesenís fairy tale career has started to smell an awful lot like pumpkin. Last year he set career worsts in assists (seven) and points (11) with Washington and Anaheim; this year, heís goalless and the not-so-proud owner of one measly point in 19 games with Calgary. Injuries to his groin and thigh have also hurt his speed. Thankfully for the Flames, he only signed a one-year contract last summer.

Petr Nedved, Flyers. Yes, the Czech center has improved of late. However, the only way he couldíve played worse than he did for Philly at the start of the season would be by continually and intentionally injuring his fellow teammates during games. Thereís a reason why the 34-year-old wasnít claimed on waivers earlier this year, and it isnít because of his still-sizeable contract. Itís because heís done Ė and because heís been playing like he knows it.

Trevor Linden, Canucks. The good news for the former NHLPA president is heís in line to better the nine-assist, 11-point total he had last year. The really bad news is, he has played less than 10 minutes in 15 of his 24 games so far this season, including 10 games where he had fewer than eight minutes on the ice. You never like to see one of the gameís great leaders go out with a whimper, but Linden sure seems to have lost his bang.

Curtis Joseph, Coyotes.
To be fair, he plays on a team in Phoenix that would have trouble preventing a minor peewee team from setting single-game scoring records. But the CuJo whoís playing in Phoenix this season simply isnít the CuJo who built up enough wins to rank sixth on the leagueís all-time wins list. Heís already been pulled four times this year and if he doesnít improve them, his .885 save percentage and 3.41 goals-against average would represent his worst showing in 11 years. This is why, when the Coyotes acquired goalie Mikael Tellqvist from Toronto this week, GM Mike Barnett said the young Swede has ďa great opportunity hereÖThe opportunity is there for the taking.Ē So is Josephís starting job.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 09:01 AM

To be fair, he plays on a team in Phoenix that would have trouble preventing a minor peewee team from setting single-game scoring records.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 09:46 AM

Wonder which of these guys Lou has his eyes on for the trade deadline...
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 09:58 AM

Wonder which of these guys Lou has his eyes on for the trade deadline...


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Posted 01 December 2006 - 10:28 AM

BRING BACK FREISEN AND TVER BABY!

what a sad trade that turned out to be. Wasn't it Sykora, Damphouse, and Commodore for those two, then anaheim parlayed damphouse and commodore into rob niedermayer, a move that had disastrous consequences...

oh well Friesen is still the man i don't care what anybody says, bring him back.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 10:31 AM

BRING BACK FREISEN AND TVER BABY!

Well it sure would spice up this message board if they came back. I would learn lots of new profanity from the posts.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 10:33 AM

Hate to see one of America's greatest players go out like that. Maybe Lou can pick him up at the deadline. Lord knows we could use a big guy with a set of quick hands, come playoff time.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 11:04 AM

Hate to see one of America's greatest players go out like that. Maybe Lou can pick him up at the deadline. Lord knows we could use a big guy with a set of quick hands, come playoff time.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 11:31 AM

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Curtis Joseph, Coyotes.
To be fair, he plays on a team in Phoenix that would have trouble preventing a minor peewee team from setting single-game scoring records.



Spare me; Boyton, Jovo, Ballard, Seidenberg and Michalek are probably the best group of defensemen he has played behind in years. With the exception of Derek Morris Phoenix has some of the best young defensemen in the league to build from.

Its the forwards that are the problem in Phoenix, NOT the defense.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 12:14 PM

Peter Bondra the answer for the third line? Surely you jest.

If he is still interested in playing, I suspect he will be picked up - but certainly not by us. He was never good defensively and he will only benefit a team in desperate need of a 2nd line RW. That's not us.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 12:20 PM

Peter Bondra the answer for the third line? Surely you jest.

If he is still interested in playing, I suspect he will be picked up - but certainly not by us. He was never good defensively and he will only benefit a team in desperate need of a 2nd line RW. That's not us.



How did Bondra do for Atlanta last year?
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 12:28 PM

How did Bondra do for Atlanta last year?


Not well. 21 goals in 60 games. That's barely enough to make him a positive contributor.

He will turn 39 this season.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 12:33 PM

Plus I don't think an older, established patient like Bondra would fit into this type of system. Too much work for a natural scorer who has made his living that way. While Carpenter made that move I don't know how many guys could play this system so well learing it late in their careers.
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Posted 01 December 2006 - 01:10 PM

No thanks for Bondra. It'd just be another Mogilny situation.
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