The Canucks are throwing a couple of Hail Mary’s – besides Bobby Sanguinetti, they have also signed Cal O’Reilly (Ryan’s brother) and Dustin Jeffrey. All three were very high-value prospects at one time. O’Reilly was actually leading Nashville in scoring 20 games in before breaking his leg – thus closing his window.
Claude Giroux – arrested. He was “repeatedly” grabbing a police officer’s bum-bum. The shocking news – alcohol may have been involved. Ya think?
I’m finding that a lot of weaker teams are giving money to character guys – stupid money – as if they are some sort of competitor that is on the cusp. Mainly Florida, but also Buffalo. I mean – what is Willie Mitchell and Dave Bolland going to do for Florida? How many Cups will they bring home? Yes, they have to get to the cap floor, but they should trade their way there. Andrej Meszaros to Buffalo? Josh Gorges? Come on.
Great move by the Sabres to bring back players they traded though. That’s hilarious. And it’s what I would do if I were rebuilding. I’d trade my soon-to-be UFA’s and get something for them, and then sign them back for nothing. Right now they’re laughing at Minnesota. Thanks for the two second rounders! (Buffalo got that for Moulson and McCormick)
The winner for most of us was the Dallas Stars. Getting Jason Spezza for a bucket of pucks, and then signing Ales Hemsky gives them huge depth. Line combinations:
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
One of Rich Peverley/Antoine Roussel/Erik Cole – Jason Spezza – Ales Hemsky
Colorado and Tampa Bay addressed weaknesses really well:
TB: Anton Stralman, Jason Garrison, Brian Boyle, Evgeni Nabokov
COL: Jarome Iginla, Daniel Briere, Brad Stuart
Tampa needed defensive defensemen who can also move the puck okay. Check
Colorado needed experience and lots of it. Check