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Reports: Cheechoo signs with KHL club

Jul 9, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Former 50-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo is off to the KHL to play for Medveščak Zagreb, according to multiple reports.

Cheechoo, 32, has spent the last three seasons in the AHL trying to rediscover the form that saw him score 56 times in 2005-06 for the San Jose Sharks.

Winning the Rocket Richard Trophy would mark the high point of his career.

In 2009, Cheechoo was traded to Ottawa, along with Milan Michalek, for Dany Heatley. But he only scored five goals in 61 games for the Senators before being sent down to Binghamton. His contract was eventually bought out by the Sens.

Cheechoo had 13 goals in 35 games last year for Oklahoma City.

  1. howintensive - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I’ve been playing NHL 07 Dynasty Mode nonstop on ps2. According to that, Cheechoo was still a superstar in 12-13. How times have changed…

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    It was injuries that ruined his career, he had a bad surgery in one offseason

  3. ntvd7 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I don’t get it…

    Major injury? Divorce? Traumatic event?

    How do you go from scoring 56 goals in the NHL to this!?!?

    • wingsdjy - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Simple. When he scored 56 goals, he and Joe Thornton were both on fire. The following season they both struggled.

      I don’t think Cheechoo was ever a superstar, he was just in the right place at the right time that season.

      • ntvd7 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Yeah but fifty-six goals

        I’d like to think it was more than just the right time and place

        Oh well

      • biasedhomer - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Don’t forget, the year after that lockout, many players had crazy numbers and career years.

      • 19to77 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Brian Gionta had 48 goals and 89 points that year, for instance. Discount that season and his career peaks are 29 and 60 respectively, in different years.

  4. sjsblitz - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Another example of the great work Joe Thornton can do!

    • mrpinkca - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Mostly. But the surgery didn’t help him any.

  5. ruffridin - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Modern day Rob Brown.

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