by Patrick Hoffman on 07/23/11 at 12:26 PM ET
PH: So, what is your overall impression of the NHL offseason so far? Any surprises? Any disappointments?
TM: Total surprise at the Brad Richards frenzy. Everyone knew he was headed for the Rangers….but still rushed to present their offer. Strong player….but not nearly worth the kind of money he got.
PH: What do you make of all these long-term contracts that are being given out? Given injuries, players changing their minds and other factors, isn’t it risky for NHL general managers to give them out so willingly?
TM: So many of these deals are going to come back and bite the G-M’s who are handing them out. Tomas Kaberle worth 4+million a season? The same for Tomas Fleischmann? What are you G-M’s smoking?
PH: How much of an impact do you think that Brad Richards will have on the Rangers next season and more importantly, the future?
TM: Brad Richards will make the Rangers a little better…but if Glen Sather thinks that’s all that’s wrong with that team then he really does need to be replaced. That’s a team that’s an injury to Henrik Lundqvist away from being in ruin.
PH: How much longer do you think the Phoenix Coyotes have in Glendale? Why?
TM: Look….even the mayor of Glendale…Elaine Scruggs…can read the writing on the wall. Unless some billionnaire looking for a new toy steps in…that team is on its way out of the desert at the end of the coming season.
PH: Anything else you would like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
TM: No one can say we haven’t earned our paycheques around here at NHL HOME ICE. We’ve stayed on top of things from the moment the Stanley Cup was presented until the present day. And it looks like the amalgamation with Sirius is only going to help us do an even better job…
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