My apologies for the down time, as things still need to be sorted out on my end. I'm hopeful the posting will back at its furious clip by mid-week — I plan on updating my free agent listing (which is now horribly out of date), commenting on the Nashville Predators and also weighing in on the Pronger/Peca additions that have sparked so much debate over at Tom Benjamin's little place.
TB has also taken some heat for suggesting the Canucks should have nabbed Paul Kariya (who went to Nashville) instead of keeping popular captain Markus Naslund. Considering the seasons the two had in 2003-04, I'd have to disagree. Keeping Naslund at $6-million (rather than adding Kariya at $4.5-million) was likely one of the few easy decisions rookie GM Dave Nonis will be handed this offseason. Then again, I won't miss Brent Sopel nearly as much as Tom (although I do hope Nonis has a plan to add something to the Canucks now-depleted blueline).
As Globe columnist Stephen Brunt said in his Saturday piece, the NHL hasn't seen a player shakeup of this magnitude since the WHA folded in 1979. Perhaps that's the best way to relaunch the league — by giving recent lesser lights the hope that they can now compete (hello Chicago!). It's too bad that the price is an NHL without any semblance of continuity.
A minor quibble, some might say.