After a busy day I figured I would just pick out a few of the many moves that occurred and riff on them:
*Tampa Bay signs goaltender Olaf Kolzig: A great move because it gives them a safety net behind Mike Smith. The Bolts also signed David Koci to replace Andre Roy and that should prove to make for some more incredible battles.
*Washington signs goaltender Jose Theodore/Chicago signs goaltender Cristobal Huet/Colorado signs goaltender Andrew Raycroft: Why?? All three teams are now worse from having made the signings. Theodore owed it to Colorado to play well for them, Huet could have been part of something great in Washington but chose to set off what is certain to be controversy with Khabibulin and Raycroft ... well, good for him to get another job but it's a good thing he got used to losing because the Aves aren't headed anywhere good.
*And while in Denver - they signed Darcy Tucker. Why? They already have Ian Laperriere. Tucker is old, doesn't tussle as much as he used to and can easily be thrown off his game (thank you Sean Avery).
*Phoenix signs defenceman Kurt Sauer: The brother of Ranger Mike Sauer got a four year deal worth an average of $1.75-million a year - a real bargain for the Yotes. And they added Todd Fedoruk, who will be able to protect all of their young scorers while working down low on the power play.
*New Jersey shows off their new Newark digs to two Meadowlands parking lot Stanley Cup parade favourites in Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik. Both will help Fatso return to the playoffs and make the Devils a much tougher team to play against.
*Chicago signs Brian Campbell to an eight year deal worth $56.8-million, Toronto signs Jeff Finger to a four year deal worth $3.5-million a season and Tampa Bay signs Radim Vrbata to a $9-million, three year contract. What do all three have in common? Too much money for too little talent. It's a good thing there is minor league hockey headed to Brooklyn (more on that in a future blog), because that will be all of the pro puck playing going on in a few years when there is another lockout.