Tuesday, September 30, 2008

O'Neill released by 'Canes

Jeff O'Neill has decided to end his comeback try with the Hurricanes, the team said today.

O'Neill, a former Canes star, came to training camp as an unsigned free agent. The forward did not play in the NHL last season but hoped to win a roster spot with the Hurricanes.
My understanding is that O'Neill didn't want to try his luck in the minors, and when the team expressed interest in demoting him, they came to this decision.

It's awfully tough to return to the NHL after being idle for a full season, but there wasn't any harm in giving this a go. O'Neill is still just 32 years old, but I have a hard time believing he'll catch on elsewhere unless he does spend some time in the AHL.



At 2:48 p.m., September 30, 2008, Blogger Jon said...

This is a guy who would be exceptionally talented if he could get his head back in the game.

Sadly, I think due to a variety of reasons (his brother's death, his fear of flying, etc..) his attitude the past few seasons has been dismal at best, which has directly affected his on-ice prowess -- or lack thereof.

I wish him the best of luck.

At 6:11 p.m., September 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could get him a job in Europe tomorrow with salary of 300.000USD tax-free plus accomodations and car.
But you'd have to fly there because season is already on. Boat would be an option if you could leave in July.


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