The return of Chicken Little
There's been all kinds of goofy 'the sky is falling' stories written in the past 12 hours as people parse all of the dollars spent on free agents, but I don't think there's anything particularly calamitous (or sinister, for that matter) about what's happened thus far.
For one, a lot of it was predictable. Daniel Briere, Scott Gomez and Chris Drury getting around $7-million a year was hardly a surprise, and the contracts for defencemen were maybe just a little bit higher than I'd anticipated.
On a related note, the must-read pieces today for a sane overview of what's gone on are provided by Tom Benjamin and The Battle of Alberta, who flesh out some of the more pronounced fallacies being spread around.
I'm not prepared to buy everything Benjamin's selling when it comes to the (alleged) conspiracy behind stripping the Buffalos of the NHL of their talent (Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton seem content, after all, to forgo their prescribed jump to the "big market" havens of Detroit and Denver), but he's certainly a lot closer to the truth than a lot of what's being put out there today.
I'll have much more on this for early tomorrow.