Free agency hits in less than two hours, and heaven only knows where this crazy train goes today. Jarome Iginla to Vancouver? The hell you say.
On free agent Day 1, the smart teams and the dumb teams show themselves quickly. If we made a list of the top free agents, would Radim Vrbata be on it? He should. Anton Stralman? Him too.
You can tell a lot about your team on free agency day, because it reflects their ability to assess value. Fans will mock the signing of Ales Hemsky and rejoice when their team acquires Brooks Orpik, but, unlike this weekend's entry draft, you can assess these things pretty well from the beginning.
Overrated free agents today? Ryan Miller, Brad Richards, Dan Boyle, Dave Bolland, Brooks Orpik.
Underrated Free Agents? Mark Fayne, Marcel Goc, Daniel Winnik.
If your team signs a free agent to a big money contract enjoy it today. Scream from the hilltops: BEST!
Chances are you'll be less happy a year from now.
One other thing: with the cap crush for several eastern seaboard teams, don't be surprised if we see a few trades today and tomorrow. Let's get this party started!
HAPPY CANADA DAY!