When the trade deadline went by, many of us were a little disappointed that Bob Gainey and the Canadiens didn't pick up a big-name player to round out their attack. Never mind that most of us know, rationally, that with the third-best offense and one of the best records in the league, the Habs weren't really in the biggest need of a Marian Hossa: psychologically, we all just want the boost of seeing a star player in a Habs uniform. It's been too long.
We go through the same thing every summer during the free agent period: we hope against hope that Uncle Bob will bring home a shiny, new fifty-goal scorer for us to admire, but it just never seems to happen. And we sulk. But why? Do we want a good team, or a flashy roster? Both, I guess. But maybe we need to remember how dicey the free-agent thing is. Remember last summer? Most of the signings last year have been disappointments, including:
- Bill Guerin, Islanders, 2 years/9 million, 37 points.
- Paul Kariya, Predators, 3 years/18 million, 52 points
- Jason Blake, Leafs, 5 years/20 million, 12 goals, 40 points
- Ryan Smyth, Avalanche, 5 years/31.5 million, 45 games, 33 points
- Kimmo Timonen, Flyers, 6 years/39 million, 36 points, -3
- Scott Gomez, Rangers, 7 years/51 million, 14 goals
- Daniel Briere, Flyers, 8 years/52 million, 57 points, -23
- Chris Drury, Rangers, 5 years/35.25 million, 48 points, -5
- Sheldon Souray, Edmonton, 5 years/27 million, 26 games, 3 goals