Best and Worst off season moves…
Just wondering what everyone thinks are the best and worst off season moves made so far this summer. Here are some of mine.
Best Moves (in no particular order):
-Minnesota trading for Pavel Demitra. Minnesota needed offense and Demitra will provide that and can also make the players around him better.
-Nashville signing Jason Arnott. $22.5 million over 5 years is a lot of money but Arnott is the kind of 2-way player that will fit into the Predators lineup nicely and he’ll provide some nice leadership for Nashvilles younger players.
-Atlanta signs Steve Rucchin. Rucchin is no Marc Savard but he is a solid leader and great on the faceoffs. He’ll certainly help the Thrashers reduce the number of goals against.
-Calgary trades for Alex Tanguay. The Flames were very deep on defense but desperately needed some additional offense. Ideally they would have gotten a playmaking centerman but Tanguay is an excellent addition in his own right. Finally the Flames have someone to help out Iginla on offense.
-Kings signing Scott Thornton for 2 years at $1.5 million per year. Nothing against Scott Thornton because he plays a role and does a decent job at it but that is a lot of money for a 35 year old 3rd line winger.
-Ottawa signs Martin Gerber for $3.7 million per year for 3 years. That’s a lot of money for a goalie who was 18th in goals against average and 17th in save percentage who floundered in the playoffs and who has just 114 games of NHL experience. He has shown spurts of excellence (as in the Olympics) but overall he seems to be just an average goalie. All that money goes to Gerber and yet the goalie with the 3rd best goals against average and 8th best save percentage still sits out there on the open market (Legace). And Hasek would have returned to Ottawa for about $3 million per year less.
-Tampa trades for and signs Marc Denis for 3 years and $8.6 million. Tampa seems to think that Denis will resolve their goaltending woes but Denis is only marginally better. His 3.25 goals against average and .900 save percentage are nothing to write home about. And Manny Legace is still sitting out there on the open market with no where to go.
-Minnesota signed Kim Johnssonto a 4 year $19.4 million deal. Yikes!! That is a big commitment to a guy coming off a concussion riddled season. Johnsson is a good defenseman but I am not sure even a healthy Johnsson is worth that kind of money.
So, what do you all think? What are the best and worst off season moves?