This news flew under the radar at least in North Carolina, Jonathan Cheechoo was waived by the Ottawa Senators this weekend. Not only was he waived, but no team put in a claim for him and he was optioned down to Binghamton (AHL affiliate of the Senators). Last night was his first game and he scored a goal and added an assist. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Cheechoo who was a one time Rocket Richard Trophy winner for most goals in a season. He scored 56 goals that season. However since that golden season where he scored 93 points, it’s been a steady decrease in production ever since. It was capped off by his paltry five goals and nine assists in 61 games this season. What’s sad is that the Senators traded for him when they traded Danny Heatley to the Sharks. At only 29 years old, it’s hard to believe that he is washed up.
Maybe this turn of events is what he needs to jump start his career again. As for his future, it is still up in the air. Senators GM Bryan Murray told Cheechoo to take the Olympic break off and afterwards they would discuss his future. My guess is that he is going to be released after the Olympics. From there it’s just a wait and see game as to who needs help on the 3rd or 4th line. He may be done in Ottawa, but he isn’t done in the NHL.
As for his cards value on eBay, his certified autograph can be had for as little as 99 cents. This is a heck of a drop since his magical 93 point season, when his cards were routinely being sold in the hundreds. Still the higher end autographs (as pictured below) are going for quite a bit more. For example autographs from The Cup release are selling for between $15 – $20. One thing is for certain, Jonathan Cheechoo’s career might be derailed for now, but it won’t be long before he catches on with another team especially with the trading deadline fast approaching.