Today was the 2nd most exciting day of the year (only to trade deadline day). I am thinking that NHL GM's were fooled into thinking that Free Agency lasted only 1 day and all shopping had to be completed today. Going into today I was already thinking that Brian Campbell was signing elsewhere. All last week we heard "family issues" and "wanting to be closer to home." Sure Chicago is closer to Ontario than San Jose but don't tell me that 8 years and 56+ million dollars didn't have anything to do with that. I actually applaud Doug Wilson for not shelling out that much money. That being said, Chicago looks like they will have a pretty good team next year. But note to Campbell, don't look for a comfortable reception when you come back to the Shark Tank next year. Signing closer to home in the eastern conference is one thing, but signing in the west for supposedly the highest offer just makes you look greedy.
Other random thoughts from Free Agency Day 1:
-Where is all this money coming from? I know the salary cap is going up once again, but some of these deals are obscene.
-Did Vancouver really offer Sundin 20 mill for 2 years?
-Sean Avery should sign with Colorado. Can you imagine a line of Darcy Tucker, Ian Laperriere and Avery? That would be the most annoying line ever.
-Dale Tallon is funny. He kept saying how he was keeping Khabibulin even after the signing of Huet. Um, yeah he really wants a cap hit of 12.375 for his 2 goalies.
-Who are Jeff Finger and Mark Streit and why are they getting big money? (Yes, I really do know who they are)
So my plan going into free agency was:
A: sign Campbell
B: sign Redden if Campbell screws us
C: trade for Zidlicky
I hope Doug Wilson has a plan G and H since all his early options are gone.
So the Sharks lost Campbell, Rissmiller and signed.........um
That being said, I still have faith in Doug Wilson but the declaration to us season ticket holders of spending money doesn't look so truthful right now.