Adam Proteau from THN talks about the Leafs, and the Lockout
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12-08-2012, 12:35 PM
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Ron Francis signing in Carolina and Brett Hull signing in Dallas were two free agent picks up that actually resulted in their teams challenging for Stanley Cups with Francis captaining the Canes to the 2002 final and Hull scoring the Cup winning goal in the 99 Final. I don't know how you could argue that Curtis Joseph was "easily" the best and biggest free agent signing of that summer. Hull was definitely the most sought after free agent of that class and his play and presence in Dallas elevated that franchise to a whole other level.
Calling Cujo "easily the best and biggest free agent signing of that summer" is revisionist history
. He wasn't even the most sought after goaltender. Philadelphia and Detroit, who both needed goaltending help, went hard after Mike Richter before he signed back on with the Rangers.
Huh? CUJO took a bad team and carried them to the Eastern Conference finals in 1 year. How can you claim an aging Francis helping Carolina go one more round farther 4 years after he signed with them a better signing? And Hull joined a team that was already contending.
The second CUJO joined the Leafs they went from bottom feeder to contender. You're going on and on about Francis and Hull's accomplishments, and failing to acknowledge how CUJO himself became the cornerstone of the team along with Mats Sundin and turned the franchise around right away. Hull and Francis were supporting pieces. And Francis signing really didn't do much for Carolina at all. Your argument is terrible.
Without CUJO the Leafs missed the playoffs. With CUJO they avg. 100 points and made the conference finals 2 out of his 4 seasons in Toronto.
CUJO=best free agent signing of the summer of 98' by far.
And BTW-Philly not signing CUJO was a terrible mistake. Everyone knows this. He eliminated them the next season from the playoffs. CUJO was their first choice, but they thought he asked for too much money. John Vanbiesbrook was their "Plan B" signing and it blew up in their face.
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