So today marks Christmas in July for some NHL teams as it is the official start of the free agency period. The Montreal Canadiens have already made a significant move, signing Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers (where in the eyes of many, he was overpaid and underproducing) in a package exchange that includes former Hab Christopher Higgins heading for the Big Apple.
Hockey Mom will be paying special attention to the movement (or non-movement) of her favorite Sedin twins, who are asking for some big coin (and a non-separation deal, too cute) from the Vancouver Canucks. Another interesting rumor is that the Chicago Blackhawks are trying to lose goalie Christobal Huet, which should bring a chuckle to the Caps' faithful.
As for the Capitals, General Manager George McPhee is holding his cards close to his chest when it comes to whether or not the team will make a big move. OFB has a beautiful breakdown of what might be going on inside GMGM's head today amidst the speculation frenzy. Hey, money's tight for everyone these days and due to the young talent that currently makes up the Capital's roster, the team isn't going on a Neiman Marcus player shopping spree anytime soon. But wouldn't it be nice to see Mike Komisarek's lovely smile (and bone-crushing hits) on the bench next season?
Stay tuned...you never know what the master of secrecy, GMGM, has up his sleeve!