Reshuffling the Deck and Deck Chairs

Wow. Crazy night.
The Rangers got both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury, somehow.
Gomez is pretty interesting since his dangling style is a little bit like Michael Nylander’s. Interestingly, TSN sees Drury on the top line. Obviously, a big concern in Ranger land is that Gomez represents another east-west player who might not be so interested in getting his nose dirty. Luckily for the Rangers, Drury doesn’t have that problem, so maybe it’s a wash.
As I write this, Nylander hasn’t signed anywhere. There might be some concerns about his ability to produce without Jaromir Jagr on the wing.
Somehow, the Rangers also might be in the hunt for Sheldon Souray. I think the Rangers have like an extra large cap or something.
Gomez has a seven-year deal and Drury has five. That sounds like a lot until you realize Daniel Briere got eight years from the Flyers (login info.). Briere is a great player, but I’m not sure if he’s a franchise-changer. It’s not like there’s a ton of Philadelphia talent for him to play with. I guess you have to start somewhere, though.
Jason Blake showed us how one outstanding season is all it takes to win the Toronto lottery.
Do any Caps fans want to know the book on Viktor Kozlov: he’s an insanely talented player who hates, hates, hates to shoot the puck. Enjoy that for the next two years. The Caps might be looking at Alexei Yashin, too. If the price is right, it makes sense to pair the two up. Kozlov was most effective as an Islander when Yashin was injured. If I’m Washington, I sign Yashin and injure him the first week of the season.
Brian Rafalski is a Red Wing, apparently low-balled by GM Lou Lamoriello. Rafalski really wanted to stay a Devil, so it’s pretty insane it couldn’t get done.
Did Ottawa really fire GM John Muckler because he couldn’t land Gary Roberts? Does Gary Roberts have some sort of magical power to make top lines perform?
More later from the XM Studios. I mean, more later.