2008 NHL Off-season: Best and Worst Pick Up

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJuly 24, 2008

Out of the 100+ signings in the off-season this year one of the questions has become what were the best and worst signings of this years off-season. A lot of people might say that the worst could be the Hossa or Campbell signings well some say the best are the Malone and Redden signings.

Here are my choices for the best and the worst signings of this year's off-season.


No. 54  D  Brian Campbell—Chicago—Eight years, $56.8 million

I know that some of you are going to leave a comment about these saying "are you serious? Wow, your an idiot!" But Brian Campbell can be a powerplay QB.  He is mainly a defensive player which you need one of on every powerplay unit so the puck stays in the zone.

He can also chip in a little on the offense with a goal. Last year he was a 62 point player (eight goals, 54 assists) and finished the season second in points on the Sharks. If he was still on the Sabres then he would have finished fourth.

So really if he is going to Chicago, a team similar to Buffalo, than he should finish about fourth in scoring. A good season, no matter who you are.



No. 38  G  Cristobal Huet—Chicago—Four years, $22.4 million

The Blackhawks have now got the best and worst signings of the off season. Yes, Huet is a good goalie, but not only did they pay to much for him (which got them over the salary cap) but they already have Nik Khabibulin who can give them quality starts, maybe not every game, but he gets the job done.

So now Chicago has a worse goalie controversy than the Maple Leafs did at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season.


Best—Honorable Mentions

No. 31  G  Curtis Joseph—Toronto—One year, $700 000

No. 18  F  Marian Hossa—Detroit—One year, $7.4 million

No. 20  F  Kristian Huselius—Columbus—Four years, $19 million


Worst—Honorable Mentions

No. 29  G  Alex Auld—Ottawa—Two years, $2 million

No. 6  D  Ron Hainsey—Atlanta—Five years, $22.5 million

No. 22  D  Josef Melichar—Carolina—One year, $1 million