After a busy day on free agency in the NHL and NBA, the Philadelphia teams were only slightly active. The Flyers signed a back-up goalie, Brian Boucher, to a very salary cap friendly contract. They also signed Ian Laperriere to a 3 year contract at a cap friendly price. Laperriere is a forward who plays with grit (a PhilaTude favorite word) and hates to lose. He will be a solid third or fourth line veteran presence, who can kill penalties and take a strong leadership role. The rest of the NHL was active, with the Rangers paying an immense amount of cash for an oft-injured Marion Gaborik. The Canadiens rebuilt their top line by signing Mike Cammelleri, Brian Gionta and trading for Scott Gomez. The 76ers did nothing, while the rest of the NBA was quiet except for the Pistons signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.
The Flyers did lose Mike Knuble to the Washington Capitals. The Caps paid close to 6 million over two years to Knuble, who is 37 years old. I wanted the Flyers to resign Knuble, but only because I thought they could do it without giving up too much cash. The Capitals overpaid for Knuble, I think he is only really worth 4 million over 2 years, which is probably what the Flyers offered him. While I don’t wish Knuble any bad luck or harm, he is going to significantly miss out on a good Flyers season, similarly like Brian Dawkins who will miss out on an excellent Eagles season.
The 76ers have announced that it might take some time to sign to Andre Miller. I guess if he doesn’t sign anywhere else, it makes sense to wait. Maybe he is waiting to see if he gets other offers, who knows? An interesting development around the Houston Rockets is that Yao Ming won’t be playing next season. If I were Ed Stefanski, I would try my hardest to trade the Rockets Samuel Dalembert and take whatever they will offer.
As discussed in yesterday’s post, there is no loyalty; it’s all about the money. Players talk about staying and playing for their current team, but in the end it’s all about who gives them the largest contract. Hopefully, the Flyers and Sixers aren’t done this off-season and we’ll have some more interesting news and new players to discuss.