Captain Crunch Hangs ‘Em Up

By Chris

Whenever I think of Michael Peca, this play comes to mind:

So when I heard today that he was retiring, that hit was the first thing I thought of.

Peca’s tenure in Buffalo, as you may recall, didn’t end well. He sat out his final season here (2000-01) before being traded for Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt.

In hindsight, I think we tend to blame the Rigas family more than Peca for that debacle. Either way, Peca was gone and, with Hasek out the door a week later, the franchise seemed to lack a soul.

I’ve always been a Peca fan. I even advocated for his signing in the summer of 2007. He was gritty and hard working. He won the Selke twice as the league’s top forward, once as a Sabre.

In a lot of ways, he’s what we love about Paul Gaustad today.

Minus the pickles.


  1. Ogre39666

    Well said about the Peca/Gaustad connection.

  2. Given his refusal to play his final years in Buffalo, I can’t say that I am too much of a Peca fan.