PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 29: James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers checks David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
One of the biggest worries in Leafs Nation was that Colby Armstrong getting the heave-ho wasn't a sign that Burke was actually ready to turn to youth in the bottom six. Brandon Prust's name swirled in our fevered dreams as Colby Armstrong 2.0. All the signs were there: Prust played a marginal role on a good team, Prust was some nebulous idea of "tough", Prust was available.
Luckily for us Brian Burke stayed out of the market yesterday. Despite bigots calling him a purse carrier or using the day to get in homophobic shots the simple fact is that Alex Semin, Ryan Suter, Zach Parise and Matt Carle didn't even sign yesterday.
Montreal got "tougher" somehow by signing the oft injured Armstrong and previously mentioned Brandon Prust. Buffalo got "tougher" by signing John Scott: a six foot eight enforcer who can't skate or play anything resembling hockey. Ottawa shipped out Nick Foligno for Marc Methot and replaced him with Guillaume Latendresse.
Seems like 29 other GMs should have taken the chance to enjoy some sunshine and support a great cause.
FTB Question: As the proud owner of James van Riemsdyk's hockey-reference.com page I couldn't think of anything funny to put there. Got an idea? Post it in the comments. Funniest comment will be immortalized on a webpage that may expire in 12 months.
Links will go here eventually. Blame birky.
Jeffler with some AHL signings.
Mike at VLM reviews the moves of yesterday.
Ellen Etchingham explains why teams draft bottom 6 players.
1-year, 1-way, $950k.
That's right, Poni joined Antro in Winnipeg.