Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Early Morning Signings

Three big names have signed deals this morning. Jarome Iginla is going to be a Flame for the next three years, at a price of $7 million a season. Gonchar signed on the dotted line in Pittsburgh, agreeing to a five year deal worth $25 million. And Markis Naslund will be earning $6 million a season for the next three, as a Canuck.

My quick take: Iginla deserves the money and this is a good deal for the Flames, on and off the ice. Iginla coming back + Amonte + McCarty, you've got to like their chances for another Cup appearance. Gonchar is probably overpaid at $5 million but the Pens are going to have a sick PP next year. Now they just need to keep the puck out of the net. And Naslund is worth every penny he got.

The big name players continue to earn, earn, earn. Soon, the money is going to run out and it's those marginal free agents that will be lucky to earn over a million dollars. If I was a free agent I would sign very soon.