So my prayers are finally answered.
After years of Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey doing absolutely nothing at the free agency/trade deadline, this summer he decided to go crazy.
And it actually makes me excited for this upcoming season. So much so that I actually took my PS2 version of NHL 09 last night, made all the relevant trades to get the players up to date, and then started a whole new dynasty.
Here what the Habs have done so far:
Brian Gionta: 5 years, $25 million.
Mike Camalleri: 6 years, $30 million.
Hal Gill: 2 years, $4.5 million.
Jaroslav Spacek: 3 years, $11.5 million.
Scott Gomez: Traded for Chris Higgins.
And the Habs still have about $12 million left in cap space. They do have a couple of unrestricted free agents. But ultimately, I would like to see them try and re-sign Alex Tanguay. And maybe Saku Koivu for sentimental reasons.
But let the rest of the walk, especially Alexei Kovalev.
I’m excited Higgins is no longer with the team (the most over rated player on the Canadiens of the past 10 years). I’m excited the Habs have a clear cut #1 line for the first time since the days of Vincent Damphousse, Mark Recchi and Pierre Turgeon. I like the singing of a big defenceman (Gill) to patrol the back end.
For the first time, I’m generally excited for this team. And all it took was about $100 million in signings and trades.
See Bob, that wasn’t so hard, was it?