Jim wrote: Crankshaft wrote: Jim wrote: Crankshaft wrote:
Jim wrote:I wonder if LeClair is at the top of "My worst signings" list for Craig Patrick...?
Really? The guy signed a two year deal at time with a cap average of $1.8 million. Very little risk.
Edit: Also want to add he had 22 goals and 55 points in the first year of that contract. Very good year given the circumstances.
But he was a cancer with a capital butthole and the relationship ended VERY poorly indeed.
So out of the 2 year contract, he played very well the first year and assisted in the development of Ryan Malone but his second season was cut short and he was easily disposed of given his contract wasn't that big of a deal. Considering this the worst signings for Craig Patrick is extremely dramatic.
It has nothing to do with the points he put up or the money. He was a cancer. He had a horrible attitude and probably hindered development of young players like Crosby. And if you think that me wondering if he is at the top of Patrick's worst signings list is "extremely dramatic"... that says a lot.
I can't find anything about John LeClair being a "cancer". Sure, he wasn't happy with the second season when he was demoted to the 3rd line and eventually was sent through waivers and then through re-entry waivers, trying to get another NHL team to take a flier on him. Shero did more than he should have to try and get that guy back in the NHL.
I googled Sidney Crosby & John LeClair and found nothing. This is really all I can find about LeClair, other than his unhappiness with his role that 2nd year and being demoted....
http://www.post-gazette.com/penguins/20 ... 0610050352
Mark Recchi and Sidney Crosby will be assistant captains all year, while Leclair will act as one for all road games and Sergie Gonchar will be one at home. This is nice for Leclair, who lost the "A" to Crosby midway through last year when Michel Therrien came in as the new coach. "John LeClair did a fantastic job with the young kids last year, the last two months," Therrien said. "He was upbeat and is coming off a great training camp. We're a young team, so they rely a lot on those older guys, those experienced guys. Johnny has that respect with the players and coaching staff that we're looking for."
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories ... A6E2V.html
Malone fills many roles. A fourth-year pro, he scores goals, kills penalties, fights and rallies teammates in the locker room. He keeps a figurine of former Flyer and Penguin John LeClair in his locker. Malone credits LeClair's influence for making him a strong player around the net.
"John made a living by keeping the game simple and using his physical assets," Malone said.