Daniel Briere has put an end to the worst kept secret in hockey by officially signing with the Montreal Canadiens to a 2 year, 8 million dollar deal. The 4 million dollar cap hit seemed quite high last night for a 35 year old, who has seen his offensive game plummet over the past few seasons. The contract does not seem as tough to swallow this afternoon however, thanks to some massive contracts thrown at mediocre talent all day.
Andrew Ference, a decent defenseman, started things this morning with a 13 million dollar contract over four years, Danile Alfredsson left the Ottawa Senators for the first time in his career, at the age of 35, heading to the Detroit Red Wings with a nifty 5.5 million dollar cap hit.
Ryan Clowe, who much like Briere has had his offensive game slide tremendously in recent years, signed a 5 year deal for nearly 5 million per season, even though he had as many concussions last season as goals.
David Clarkson, who has career highs of 46 points, and 16 assists, got a seven year contract from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sure, he plays tough and scored 30 goals that one time, but he is getting over 5 million until he is 36 years old.
Valterri Filppula just signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning for 25 million dollars over a 5 year term, after scoring just 17 points in 41 games.
I was admittedly not a big fan of the Briere deal when it was signed, but considering it was for only two years, and seeing what other offers are being thrown around at anyone and everyone else, Briere’s deal could be the steal of the offseason.