Peca played five seasons in Buffalo before the contract holdout in 2000-2001. His best season in Buffalo was 1998-99 when he had 27 goals and 29 assists for 56 points. The best season of his career was 2001-2002 after being traded to the Islanders. Peca had 25 goals and 35 assists in his first season on Long Island. After that season, Peca's career had a downward spiral and last season he played in only 35 games after suffering a severe knee injury.
A couple of things that Peca will bring to the table are defense and face offs. The Sabres are lacking depth at center and could possibly use a defensive forward as well. I'm not sure that Peca is the guy to fill those roles for the sabres but they are in need in those areas.
"The way I feel mentally and physically, I feel like I’m about to play my best years," Peca said. "[The knee] is not a concern for me at all. On the ice it’s 100 percent. In certain elements of my game I’m feeling faster and more confident — and not just in my legs."
If there was an opportunity to sign the old Mike Peca I would be all for it but I don't see the benefit in signing a guy who is obviously not the same player he once was. If the situation was different... maybe, but under the circumstances of what transpired in 2001 I see no room for him.