The Dallas Stars are going to give a former 50-goal scorer another chance as the team announced Saturday that Jonathan Cheechoo had accepted an invitation to attend training camp for a tryout which begins on September 17th in Prince Edward Island.
"We're pleased that Jonathan has accepted our invitation to come to our training camp," said Stars' General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk in a statement. "He has shown the ability to be an effective scorer in this league. He's a competitor and we're going to give him an opportunity."
A former Rocket Richard trophy winner, the 29-year old Cheechoo has seen his production fall dramatically since the 2005-06 season when he led the NHL with 56 goals. This past season he skated in 61 games with the Ottawa Senators, scoring five times and picking up nine assists before being waved and sent down to Binghamton of the AHL. The Senators then bought out the final two-seasons of his contract earlier this summer.
The Moose Factory, Ontario native was a second round pick, 29th overall, by the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In 501 career games split between the Sharks and Senators, Cheechoo has 170 goals and 135 assists and 324 penalty minutes.