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12-08-2012, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by FerrisRox View Post
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.
Terrible argument. Francis joined a bottom feeder Carolina team that only had that Cinderella run 4 years later in 2002, and were in the meantime busy doing nothing but losing in the first round or missing the playoffs, and Brett Hull was joining a contender whom he pushed over the top. Cujo automatically became one of two cornerstones on the Leafs roster and turned a junk team around over night.

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