Monday, August 24, 2009
Almost as much nonsense this offseason went down in Manhattan as Montreal, and that's saying a lot. The hottest player for the Rags at the beginning of last season, well, he wasn't even offered a contract, say hello to Fedorov and co. in Moscow for us all Nik. But hey, there's some stuff here we can talk about.
Like Sather getting rid of that Gomez contract, who ever thought that was even possible? Sather must've pulled an illusion on Gainey, not tricked him though, tricks are what whores do for money. If you don't think New York was the winner in that deal, then you know what, you must be a Habs fan, and I wouldn't like you anyways.
But of course, for every good thing Sather did this offseason, he goes and pulls a dipshit move like giving Gaborik $7.5 million a year (still haven't learned your lesson with those $7+ million contracts eh Glen?) and giving a guy in Ales Kotalik, yes he of worth only on the PP and SO, $3 million. I mean, I realize this isn't your money you're playing with Glen, but it's somebodies.
So back to the Gaborik deal, I'm glad they realized they needed a top flight winger to spread out defenses, and he will definitely provide a more vertical attack, so to speak. But who exactly will his center be? Drury? We saw how that particular experiment (#1 center) failed last season? Dubinsky? Really? You want to make Brandon Dubinsky your #1 center? Nice. Nice.
Let's not forget about Mr. Antropov and Derek Morris. I'm not going to say Derek Morris meant much to New York, wasn't his finer moments. But there's no shadow of a doubt that Antropov gave them many more options when he arrived. His fit helped allow the Rags to stay in the top 8, and at times, had them playing their best hockey of the year, going 11-6-1 after acquiring those guys on March 4th. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.
Ok, ok, one more thing. Is Donald Brashear really an upgrade, in any way, shape, or form, than Colton Orr? I mean, unless you're trying to draw in some fans from Harlem, where are you goin' with this move? Seem to forget he practically almost killed Blair Betts during the 1st round of last season's playoffs? Yeah, that'll be an awesome locker room dynamic for the first month (that is of course assuming Betts re-signs, but I'm sure his teammates are still pretty pissed off).
Enjoy that Tortorella. Enjoy it.