Tuesday, July 8, 2008

UFA Signing: Michael Peca

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed center Michael Peca. Terms of the deal have yet to be released. Update: Peca signed a 1 year, $1.315 million deal. Peca was seeking a 2 year contract but word has it he has been so impressed with Columbus' "improvement" plan that he was willing to take a lesser length deal.

Peca had a moderately strong season last year, his first with the Jacks. He notched 34 points (8 goals, 26 assists) on 65 games. Peca managed a -1 rating despite being on the lowest scoring squad in the NHL. He also added 3 game winning goals to lift his career number to 31.

Peca, no stranger to injury, played nearly a full season for the first time since 2005-06. Originally selected in the 2nd Round, 40th overall of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver, Peca has suited up for the Canucks, Sabres, Isles, Oilers, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets. He has played in 793 games racking up 172 goals and 271 assists for 443 points. Peca twice won the Selke Award as the league's best defensive offenseman.

We at FIW wish Peca a healthy and productive second season in Columbus.

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