Signings to date – July 2nd
Curtis Sanford – Resigned 1 year; 700K?
Darcy Hordichuk – 3 years; 750K/season
Ryan Johnson – 2 years; 1.15m/season
Kyle Wellwood – 1 year; 977K
Darcy, Ryan, & Kyle essentially replace Byron Ritchie, Brad Isbister, & Trevor Linden in the bottom six forwards. With Wellwood, there is definitely a skill level upgrade there. But this isn’t what Gillis had in mind when stating the team needed to make bold moves.
Mats Sundin offer of 2 years at 10m per season is BOLD. But it has so far failed to bring him to the West Coast. At this point, I don’t think Mats is going to make it out here, despite the bold offer.
The 3 year offer sheet for David Backes was also very bold. They took a player that was making just over 650K per season and offered him 3 years at 2.5m. And they were calculated in picking a team and a position that they felt would have to think hard about whether or not they want to accept this contract. St. Louis didn’t even blink before filing papers with the league to keep him a member of their hockey club.
So far bold has gotten this hockey club absolutely nothing. My question is, what other tricks do you have up your sleeve Mr. Gillis. I’m still waiting for a new direction.
The Chief Canuck