Posts Tagged ‘Sean Couturier’
By Allan Muir
It’s been a busy summer at the NHL’s home office.
The league has registered nearly 200 new player contracts since the Blackhawks skated off with the Stanley Cup at the end of June. Most of those were low-level signings, players happy to find a chair before the music stopped. But there were scores of deals signed by legitimate NHLers as well, players who cashed in on their free agency or settled in for some long-term security with their current club.
Most of those deals left fans shaking their heads at the money that will be changing hands even though we all understand, on some level, anyway, that the numbers are bound to be crazy.
But there were others that seemed shockingly, well, sensible. Put in context, they’re set up to provide great value for the team . . . and in most cases, the player probably isn’t complaining, either.
Here are the deals signed this summer that should provide the best bang for the buck:
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this quiet morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• So there are rumors that Jaromir Jagr will sign with the Devils. Hey, we’ve all seen two desperate people hook up at the bar at closing time, so this wouldn’t be a surprise if it happened. It just seems like a lousy decision for at least one of them.
• Roberto Luongo has to avoid the October swoon if he hopes to get a shot at Team Canada. That kind of hot start would be a blessing for a Vancouver team that’s used to him getting out of the blocks slowly…or would it?
• Ben Kuzma lays out the road trip every Canucks fan should be on…well, short of Sochi, anyway.
• The Flyers inked Sean Couturier to a bridge deal at a rock bottom price. Nice job by GM Paul Holmgren, who still has two more key forwards to get under contract and very little money to spend.
• Now that the NHL has finally the Olympic deal, Kevin Allen has some thoughts on what Team USA could look like. Only name I disagree with is Cam Fowler. Still too unpredictable at this point in his career.