Jonathan Cheechoo, the guy who led the NHL in goals in 2005-06, signed with the Oklahoma City Barons on Sunday.
Cheechoo has fallen from grace since his 56-goal/93-point season just after the NHL lockout. His point totals declined over each of the next three seasons. In 2009, the San Jose Sharks dealt him to Ottawa; his point totals dropped again and this time he found himself in the minors, where he's been ever since.
It's all but certain that Cheechoo will never lead the NHL in goals again, but he remains a useful AHL'er. Last season he scored 25 goals for the Peoria Rivermen and finished second on the team with 56 points; the year prior he was a little shy of a point-per-game pace with San Jose's AHL affiliate in Worcester.
The Barons could certainly use a little offensive punch right now. They've scored just ten goals in the six games since their NHL stars were recalled to Edmonton, and only four in the three they've played without Magnus Paajarvi and Teemu Hartikainen. On Sunday they won their first game since the first NHL'ers left by a 2-1 score. The team can't afford to give up any more ground; they're in a four-way tie for the seventh spot in the West and have only a three point buffer on 13th-place Peoria. A few more losses and the Barons could easily find themselves in the cellar.
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