LeClair put on waivers

TSN (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=186551&hubname=nhl) is reporting that the Pittsburgh Penguins have placed the 37 year old John LeClair, formerly of the Legion of Doom, on waivers.

After playing in 21 games this season and only putting up 7 pts with a -2 rating, the Pens weren’t willing to pay the rest of his 1.5 M contract. The chances of someone claiming him off waivers right now is slim, but on re-entry someone, possibly Montreal or Philadelphia would be willing to grab him since he’ll only cost .9 M. He isn’t capable of being the 50 goal scorer he once was, but last year he put up 51 pts and I’m sure he could put up 40 if given some reasonable ice time.

15 Responses to LeClair put on waivers

  1. wingerxxx says:

    Even with "reasonable" ice time, I don't think he's good for 20 a year anymore.  I'd pass on him, even for that price.  If there is a team out there that is really, really, really desperate for a big shot on the power play, then maybe.  Ever since he lost his wheels, it's been all downhill for him.  Happened to Kevin Stevens too.  I'd rather bring up a player for the minors. 

  2. PhanufRoxs says:

    LeClair can't do anything, but the Canucks are very desperate, and would take him if they had money

  3. AHLoldie says:

    Really LeClair hasn't been that bad.  He could easily play for the Flyers.  His problem is that he just doesn't fit in with the young quicker Pens centers.  The Pens are hoping to find a team for the well respected veteran.  If you look at the Penguin roster, they are having a problem finding any wingers who can keep up with Crosby and Malkin.  Most of their goals are coming from their centers.

  4. nonhl2005 says:

    I say bring him back home to Philly, the team is not going anywhere right now and I would rather have some one I like and respect playing then some of the junk they have out there now. Plus I think he might be a good teacher for Carter when he comes back.

  5. flyersfan286 says:

    I heard if he clears waivers he will be a Flyer once again.

  6. ThomasHawks says:

    I would like to see bob gainey trade Ninimaa for Leclair.Nothing more nothing less than that

  7. BlueOrangeWhite says:

    I think the Islanders could use him on the 3rd line. Especially with Yashin out for a month.


  8. OldGoalie says:

    I think Shero would take that deal before Gainey was even done with his sentence…but if he's been trying to move LeClair, he's obviously been having trouble finding takers.

    I think LeClair could be very, very valuable to a young team that sees itself as having the potential to go deep into the playoffs, but that lacks some leadership.  He's as professional as they come, and I would love to see him get an opportunity to win one more time like Mark Recchi did last year. 

  9. NyIsles39 says:

    anyones better than bougeniki(??)

  10. puffpenguin54 says:

    That is silly that you say he is as proffessional as they come because if i remember correctly last year when Crosby was just a rookie and was stealing the show from the vetrans he and Recchi both did everything they could do to try to put him down.  he was already on a young team that is in need of vetran leadership and look what he did with that last year he lost his "A" to an 18 year old kid.  He is just washed up at one point in his carreer he would have been decent on a young team but if any of the "young players" start to upstage him he will loaf just as he did the past season and a quarter in Pittsburgh.

  11. kamullia says:

    My sentiments on LeClair from the time that Craig Patrick acquired him have been well documented on this site. And all I said was with no disrespect to John, but he simply never fit the Penguins mold at any time.

    The only thing I could add about it (and Roy) is: Finally and About time. Good luck John (and Andre hopefully).

  12. OldGoalie says:

    Dude, he's a previous All Star, Stanley Cup winner, and 50 goal scorer.  And now he's playing 9 minutes a game, being a healthy scratch twice in the last six games, being put on waivers and being assigned to Wilkes Barre.  He hasn't demanded a trade…he hasn't said a negative word in anything even approaching a public forum…to the contrary, he's shown up for practice, worked hard by all accounts, and been complimentary to his teammates and the organization.  Not sure how many people in that position would comport themselves as well, but I definitely isn't everyone.

    And…on a separate note…make up your mind.  Either he's "washed up," or he can still play but he's "loafing." 

  13. AHLoldie says:

    I don't think you know what you're talking about.  Crosby got his A after Mario retired.  The Pens never named a Captain.  LeClair retained his A for specific games, as did Recchi, Gonchar and others when LeClair was injured.  Recchi left to play for Carolina and LeClair was an Alternate all of the time.  As far as "putting him down", LeClair was never involved in anything with Crosby.  It was strictly Recchi trying to settle Crosby down in order to keep him out of the penalty box.  Other teams were goading him into penalties early in the year.  Most of that was taken out of context.  If I can paraphrase you correctly, "you do not remember correctly" about what happened last year.  You remember what you THINK happened!

  14. tancred says:

    Yep, Roy is gone now.  Claimed by Tampa.  According to ESPN.com, anyway.

  15. joeblake75 says:

    I agree bring back Leclair to philly so he can help some of the younger players like Carter..and maybe he can help Calder find his scoring once again….put him on a line with nedved and calder and see what happens…but the unfortunately the flyers are not going anywhere with both Esche and Nitty on the team they are both free agents after the season so one of them has to go now….

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