Monday, July 02, 2007
And yesterday, the top four teams in adding salary cap obligations were:
Coincidence? Or the return of the spends and spend-nots to the NHL?
The Capitals quietly have built a tough, talented blue-line corps with last season's emergence of free-agent acquisition Brian Pothier. The Caps added to that mix Sunday by inking Tom Poti to a four-year deal worth $14 million.That the Caps have upgraded their skill (Poti is pretty much the replacement for the departed Jamie Heward) is not in doubt. But "tough?" Poti and Pothier, "The Po-Po Boys?"* (the new pair pictured below).
I don't suspect there is a forward in the National Hockey League spending sleepless nights at the prospect of either of those two guys manning the crease in front of Olaf Kolzig.
* that's a New Orleans thing
NY Islanders: Jon Sim
NY Rangers: Chris Drury, Scott Gomez
18 teams dipped their respective toes into the water on the first day. The big guys are pretty much gone, but if last year was an indicator, the effect these guys will have will be disappointing relative to the "wow" factor of the signing. But winners?...Losers? The Peerless thinks the winner for Day 1 was Colorado.