That's it, folks. The blog is closed for the weekend. Go ahead and browse the responses here to a crazy week of NHL transactions. We'll be back on Monday.
But it appears the Leafs aren't alone. The New York Rangers, one of the few teams willing to outspend even Toronto for talent in the past, are also feeling the pinch of the new NHL system, preaching youth over spending.
Are you happy to see Domi back? Too expensive at $2.5 million for two years? What about the possibility of giving the kids more ice time this year? Let us know.
So have we got all this straight? The NHL's here-a-player, there-a-player frenzy continued yesterday and of course we can't wait to see what happens today. If your head is spinning, study up on the done deals, and buckle up for some more.
On to the buzz:
Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon, happy with a couple of mid-level signings, immediately set his sites on free agent goalie Nikolai Khabibulin . Over in Tampa Bay, the Bolts want their Stanley Cup winning goalie back, but may have to sacrifice Martin St. Louis to get a deal done. Update: And the winner is ... Chicago. The Blackhawks just got better in goal, signing the Bulin Wall to a four-year deal today. No offence to Jocelyn Thibeault, who will probably be traded. As for Tampa, they'll have some money to pay St. Louis, and they'll need the extra offence without their Stanley Cup winning goalie.
The Washington Capitals have signed ... well ... nobody. General manager George McPhee is talking about that youth thing we mentioned above, and seems content to watch the market.
"We think the market is very overpriced," McPhee tells the Washington Post. "It's akin to jumping into the stock market when it's at its height."
Maybe in the end of all this, the smart clubs will be the ones like Toronto, New York and Washington who are waiting in the wings. What if they swoop in and pick up the Anson Carters and Paul Kariyas at bargain prices once the teams with cap room have spent all their money? Your thoughts?
Back to the buzz.
The Dallas Stars are patting themselves on the back, already looking ahead to the playoffs after signing their two most marketable free agents -- two players who should benefit from rule changes designed to increase scoring.
Defenceman Patrice Brisebois signed with the Avs and says he's relieved to be out of that pressure cooker in Montreal:
"When (Montreal general manager) Bob Gainey called me to tell me they were not picking up my option, to tell you the truth, I was happy. I think my time in Montreal was over. I needed a new challenge, new teammates."
Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock was vacationing in Western Canada when GM Bobby Clarke called to say that Philly had signed Peter Forsberg:
"He giggled for 5 minutes," Clarke said. "I hung up."
Now, Hitchcock has the ultra-fun job of setting up his new, high-powered lineup.
Finally, what were we saying yesterday about Jeremy Roenick being a perfect fit for Los Angeles? New teammate Luc Robitaille agrees:
"This guy is Showtime, this guy is Magic Johnson. Man, this year is going to be so much fun."