Observations from the northern shores of Lake Erie . . .
Not that there are strict categories that teams fit into based on their activity during free agency, but a few easily came to mind this year. Consider the Montreal Canadiens and their "Blow It All Up" approach in bringing in three skilled yet undersized forwards:
Then there's the "Here We Go Again" feel of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers always seem to sign coveted free agents, and this year they weighed in with the brittle
Meanwhile, the Flyers have spun the goaltending wheel yet again, landing on the notoriously temperamental and exiled
Speaking of questions, you have new Wild GM
Some GMs are relying on a less dramatic and more roundabout process. Take
While Burke forges ahead in Toronto,
In Detroit, change is also coming from within as Hossa and
No matter their plan or path, GMs are making their distinct moves and ultimately hoping for the best. According to my View From the Lake, that's what this time of year is all about.