Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens contributed to the half-billion dollars spent on 75 UFAs yesterday in the NHL — a new league record for July 1st. They brought four new faces into town, with the departure of Brian Gionta and the still-hard-to-swallow trade of Josh Gorges.
It was a frantic day in the NHL and it was certainly a good day to be a free agent; some folks call it overpaying day. Jason Spezza kicked off the chaos after the Senators granted his wish for a trade, sending him to the Dallas Stars. Buffalo scooped up two now-former Habs in Gorges and Gionta and got back Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick, both of whom they traded to Minnesota during the regular season. The Panthers signed Dave Bolland, Willie Mitchell, Jussi Jokinen and Shawn Thornton to give them a whole new look. And big names like Paul Stastny and Thomas Vanek found new homes in St. Louis and Minnesota.
Here are the Habs’ deals of the day on July 1.
One of them is a player who was on few people’s radars, but could turn out to beam the biggest signal.