Kubina, Gill with Toronto
Chara, Savard with Boston (Ottawa lost Chara but that was expected...they still have plenty of talent)
Our divisional rivals are getting better, will Bob press the panic button and give heaven to Elias or Arnott ?
Hold on! The Bruins are just not very good, even with Chara. And the Maple Laffs are ancient and really bad. Ottawa really does not scare me until they get themselves a real goalie. The best team in this division is Buffalo but if BG can add a few pieces, we're going to be in the race for the division all year.
Boston isn't only getting players, but better management and looser purse strings. Something that's plagued them for years. They could become dangerous.
On the other hand, Toronto is overpaying their defencemen and adding no scoring touch. Who do they have? Sundin and Tucker. If raycroft doesn't return to form, I'd say they'll still be looking on the outside of the playoffs. And I mean, Hal Gill is no Renden.
I don't know most of these moves are not great IMO. Savard had some great linemakes in Atlanta, does he have that in Boston? Chara while a good dman has been a little overated IMO and these two salaries are going to be a drain on Boston for years to come.
The Kubina signing is not bad but Gill is nothing special and does not have the foot speed for the new NHL.
I am not worried yet, this is only day one and there are plenty of people to sign or trade for still.
How so? Koivu is ten times the leader and has hundreds of time more heart then Savard. Savard had better offensive linemates the Koivu. Koivu is also a much more complete player and is solid defensivly, while Savard would not be able to find his own end with a map.