Thursday, June 24, 2004

Bye Bye Bonk?

TSN is reporting on their website that Radek Bonk's days as an Ottawa Senator may be numbered. With draft day fast approaching John Muckler may wish to move his occassionally recalcitrant player.

The ten year veteran of the Sens, has shown flashes of brilliance from time to time, but has never been a consistent force on the ice. Picked third over all in the 1994 draft, Bonk has played in 689 games, picking up 399 points in regulation time.

With Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher beginning to come into their own in the Sens lineup, the time may be right to move Bonk. The only setback to finishing a deal seems to be Bonk's salary, the 3.5 million dollar contract has made John Muckler's phone seem very quiet of late. If the Sens can't deal him, the rumour is that they will let him go as an unrestricted free agent.

Either way it seems pretty clear that Radek's time in the black and red of the Senators has come to an end. An enigma of a player that no one really ever could figure out, Bonk left so many hopes unfullfilled. It will be interesting to see if a change of venue will spur him on to greater things.

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