(I'll also grant that grabbing former Oilers captain Ethan Moreau off waivers on Free Agency Day Eve kinda-sorta felt like a free agency pickup. But Moreau isn't a flashy, top six forward. He's a checking line guy.)
I'll again point out the blog piece posted on Puck Rakers the other day, and I'll toss in the piece that I posted at the trade deadline last season that said virtually the same thing: General manager Scott Howson has gone all-in on his current young core of players with their longer-term contracts. Read 'em and weep. The club appears loathe to spend much more money, especially with Jake Voracek and Steve Mason's new contracts on the horizon. Can't really blame them.
So today is our maalox moment. Teams are shifting their rosters left and right - or at least it feels like it - and we're largely standing pat, waiting for our youngsters grow up and become the consistent stars that we
For, if they do, the Blue Jackets will exceed the fans' Free Agency Day expectations. And it will be one helluva run.
And if they don't.....gulp!