Ah, I wish I was a sports journalist. Slovenly fan-boyish and often lazy, they seem to be given a free ride by their newspaper brethren just because they cover sports. Plus, they probably get free hot dogs at games. Not to sound like a prick, but anyone (including its author, Bucky Gleason) could have written this bit of "news" from the, um, Buffalo News:
Michael Peca has not played well in his first season in Edmonton, and already rumors are percolating that he's on the trading block. Peca had just one goal and four points in his first 10 games and has done little to justify his $3.99 million salary.
The Oilers, who had lost seven straight, are looking for help knowing Peca isn't suited for the top line. He was shipped out of Long Island to make room under the salary cap for Miroslav Satan and Alexei Zhitnik. The Oilers hailed him as one of their top acquisitions, along with defenseman Chris Pronger.
"He's been very average," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "The time of feeling his way into the situation here is over. We need more intensity from him and a better performance."
Rumours? Where? From who? Do you know anything for sure? Some Google, a little cut and paste, and a sip of morning coffee and you have half a column written right there. Arrgh! Lowe is not Mike Milbury and he's not gonna trade Mike Peca. Hell, compare him to Sather. To trade Peca is to admit to failure, which is something most GMs are smart enough to avoid. Just listen to Lowe talk about Conklin these days and you'll get the idea.
PS: Chris is currently on a couch, digesting the Oilers high-carb victory over the lowly Blues. He'll have a little thing we call a "Game Report" updated soon...