Awesome news. I think a lot of us were not thinking this would be possible back in March when he was lying on the ice.
I am curious though, why are all the so called "easy" signings happening now? Guys like Pacioretty, Kostitsyn, Darce, Gill and rumored to be Weber?
Shouldn't PG be focusing on Markov and Wisniewski?
I would think that Gauthier doesn't just talk to one player's rep at a time. He's probably been juggling conversations regarding every one of the players you mentioned. I would assume that the "easy signings" are happening before the bigger signings is because they are easier to pin down and have less moving parts than a longer term deal involving more money, NTC's and whatnot.