License to Thrill

Free agent season. I’m not into hunting, but if I were, I imagine I would be just as excited about the start of hunting season.
Or maybe, if I were into fashion, I’d be this excited about fashion week. Although, having just seen THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, I’m kind of thinking of taking PuckUpdate in a more fashion-oriented direction.
But for today, I’m just hypnotized by all of the player movement.
Larry Brooks notices that a lot of teams don’t understand the cap concept (login info.). You have a fixed amount of money to spend on your entire roster, not just a handful of players. Does Boston have any money left to spend? Do the Coyotes?
Brooks also reports that Patrik Elias gave up a few million dollars (at least) to take a no-trade contract in New Jersey. That’s a lucky break for the Devils, and I’m sure Elias will be made team captain in October for his generous gesture. But they’re another team that has a lot of money tied up in a few players. And some of those players, like Alexander Mogilny and Vladimir Malakhov, aren’t even playing for the Devils any more. I’m not sure how they’re going to sign Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez. Elias turned down a better offer from the Rangers and the Blackhawks, by the way. That’s pretty punk rock.
I’m pretty shocked Rob Blake left Colorado for LA. Every time the idea came up, all I heard was ‘Rob Blake would never leave Colorado.’ I guess $6 million/year for two years is tough to turn down. Especially now that Jeremy Roenick is gone.
Doug Weight is back in St. Louis, making him a very expensive rental for Carolina, since they gave up a first-round pick for him. And speaking of the Blues, although it breaks my heart to see him go, congratulations to former Ranger color-guy John Davidson, the new president of the St. Louis Blues. I don’t think there’s a better color guy in hockey. His grasp of the game, his ability to break down plays, and his humor and personality will serve him well in St. Louis. But it’s going to be tough watching hockey without him. I wonder if he would consider calling Blues games. He’s going to be watching them anyway. He might as well make a little extra money.
Jason Arnott signing in Nashville is pretty interesting. I like the idea of him, Paul Kariya, and Steve Sullivan on a line.
I also like when the Florida papers try and write about hockey. Here’s a Miami Herald headline: “Bertuzzi’s Play will Determine if Deal was Wise” (login info.). You know. As opposed to any other deal. Anywhere.
Also, the Flyers supposedly have an offer out to Vancouver’s Anson Carter (login info.). Have the Sedin twins ever had the same linemate for more than a season? And does anyone else think the Canucks re-signed both because it’s just easier than learning to tell them apart?