Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/08/05 at 12:04 AM ET
While old teams showed renewed vigor by wading into the previously untested free agent market, as the week wound down, the Columbus Blue Jackets may have set the most noteworthy standard by re-signing restricted free agent Rick Nash to a reported five-year deal for $27M. The term is staggering for a player with two years in the NHL and the money is suitably outlandish. Nash is a splendid player and certainly the centerpiece for the CBJ's for years to come, as well as one of the brightest young stars the NHL has to offer. But GM Doug MacLean seems to have jumped the gun a bit here and it isn't the first time. Next summer MacLean will have to figure out some sort of rationale for his hodgepodge spending, especially when the CBJ's other fine young forward, Nikolai Zheredev, comes looking for the same kind of love. Until then, he can expect only glances askance and muted mutterings of others in the GM fraternity.
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