Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Jeff O'Neill Gotterdammerung

According to this piece by Tim Wharnsby in the Globe and Mail, Jeff O'Neill's struggles continue. After shoulder surgery in April, Jeff showed up for the start of camp sporting the highest body fat percentage on the team (18%). He also sat out the last two preseason games and skated as an extra at practice. Issues of heart and commitment seem to persist.

According to Wharnsby, it's down to Jeff and Bates Battaglia for the last roster spot at forward. O'Neill would have to clear waivers to be sent down to the Marlies. With no real market for his game at this phase in his career, that would be doubly humiliating.

Despite their rocky past relationship, Coach Mo seems to be doing all he can publically to support Jeff. Mo expresses confidence that Jeff will return to form and gives him an out for the shoulder surgery. He even went so far as to order a little personal training on Sunday...not to be confused with a bag skate, of course.

Ziggy looks like he'll make the Coyotes roster. I'm pulling for Bates in Toronto. He's tasted life without hockey and he's not ready to quit.

3 comments:

The Acid Queen said...

Jeff showed up for the start of camp sporting the highest body fat percentage on the team (18%).

Wow, there's a shock.

CasonBlog said...

Tim Horton's, Krispy Kremes, it's all good.

Bubba said...

Too bad about Jeff O, but he's always been a bit of a head case in my book. Maybe what he needs is a dose of humility by playing for the Marlies for a bit.