Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The UFA crop

TSN's Scott Cullen has a good look at the pending free agents.

I've called this group 'weak' in the past, but that's really relative to what teams are going to have to pay. Marian Hossa is the marquee player, and he can pretty much write his own (expensive) ticket, and with so few solid options on the blueline, players like Ron Hainsey are going to cash in big time.

And Dan Ellis picked a good year to have a breakout season given what's available in goal.

There's an awful lot of franchises and fans that are hoping to build through free agency, but it simply doesn't work. I think Leonsis and the Capitals had it figured out, at least in part, when they only this season added a few pieces to a group that had grown together over time.

UPDATE My bad, the TSN piece is a few weeks old.



At 4:20 p.m., April 16, 2008, Anonymous Danny Tolensky said...

I still can't get over the fact that the Canes just handed Samsonov $7.6 mil.

At 4:35 p.m., April 16, 2008, Blogger andy grabia said...

That post is either old, or outdated. Gilbert and Nilsson have both been signed.

At 4:40 p.m., April 16, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Wow, what is Rutherford smoking? Samsonov is a dog. He played/hustled well above his norm because he was on the contract year.
2) Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Anyone want to wager how long it will take before Sammy is in Laviolette's dog house next fall?

At 4:56 p.m., April 16, 2008, Blogger Down Goes Brown said...

I still can't get over the fact that the Canes just handed Samsonov $7.6 mil.

That sounds about right for him.

What is it, a 300-year contract?

At 4:59 p.m., April 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samsonov had 32 points in 38 games with Carolina. There was no way the 'Canes weren't going to sign him.


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