Remember that guy called Guy? Last name Charron, wears No. 15 for the Washington Capitals and scored 36 goals last season? The way things have been going. Charron wonders whether he's become an invisible man.
When the Capitals submitted their player list to dimensions, the team's travel agency, sometime fan Cheryl Coakley checked it and wondered what had happened to a player called Charron she seemed to have heard of a few times in the past. His name had inadvertently been omitted.
In Minnesota, Charron's perfect pass set up a goal but the assists went to No. 5 and No. 25 and, despite complaints from all concerned that's the way they entered the league records.
Friday night Charron scored the Capitals only goal in a 3-1 loss to Toronto at Capital Centre. The goal was originally credited to Dave Fenbes, who didn't touch the puck, and the assist was announced as going to Nelson Burton who wasn't on the ice.
That last error eventually was corrected giving Charron four goals in 13 games. And that production is one item even he would like to forget.
"I'm not producing and the fans except me to have the same year as last," Charron said. "I can understand why people are upset. It's frustrating for me too I'm pressing a lot and sometimes I don't know what to do or think.
"I wish it would go better both for myself and for the team. I'm doing my best to work at it. I've had a lot of chances to but the puck in but they're not winding up as goals. They went in so easy last year but now it's harder. Maybe I need to bear down more on the net."
Friday night Charron received a perfect pass from Bob Siroin in the slot but shot wide from close range.
"Last year I probably would have put a backhander in," Charron said. "I tried a mote this time and I was wide of the net."
That's waht the man means by pressing.
Charron's troubles date back to April, when he suffered stretched knee ligaments in the opening game of the World Ice Hockey Championships playing for Canada against the United States. There were some who suggested an operation then but instead his left knee was placed in a cast for 10 days and Charron built it up through exercise.
In September Charron fell while playing tennis and a slight ligament tear was discovered in the knee. Again surgery was consiered but a program of exercise served as rehabilitation and Charron was ready for the start of the season. Still anyone question on Charron's ability immediately thanks of the knee.
"I think it was the right decision not to oberate," said Charron. "It's been feeling good. I've been skating freely. It's strong and if I keep building it up. I think it will last till the end of the season. Of course, I just don't know when it's going to go."
The knee was twisted Friday when Charron was checked by Toronto's Jerry Butler behind the net. But Charron remained in action, double shifting at left wing as well as his normal center spot, and he declines to use the knee as an excuse.
"I don't want to make any excuses," Charron said. "I'm hopping I'll break out of it. I'm not tired, like some people have been saying. Everbody has times at work when things are not going too well."
If the Capitals who host the New York Islanders tonight at 7:30, are to fight their way back into playoff contention, they must obtain maximum production from Charron - at center at left wing and as power-play point man. For the moment all he can tell those folks who chant "Guy, Guy" when he carries the puck is that nobody wants a return to last year's form more than Guy Charron.