My knee-jerk reaction to the news that Alex Radulov has signed a contract in Dallas, and that the Canadiens have (resultantly) signed Ales Hemsky to a one-year deal:
--I'm happy not to get entrapped in a five-year contract for a 31-year old winger, as good a season as he had last year.
--I admit it's a little bit like slamming the barn door shut after the horse has already bolted, though, with Carey's 8-year contract having been announced yesterday. That's going to be problematic to build around, and a lot will have to go right for it to turn out okay.
--I hope this makes it more likely that Andrei Markov will return. We need him more than Alex, I still think, and on a one or two-year deal, it fits into our plan.
--Ales Hemsky is who he is, I'm not doing cartwheels or anything, but he's a talented veteran on a one-year deal, no skin off our nose. Best-case scenario, he has a good, productive season, but gets pushed out of the lineup by Charles Hudon and Daniel Carr and the like, and we can trade him at the deadline for more draft picks.