Canadiens Sign Forwards Mike Camalleri & Brian Gionta, Add Defensemen Hal Gill & Jaroslav Spacek
July 4th 2009 02:02
The Montreal Canadiens GM started the day by signing veteran defensemen Jaroslav
The hulking 6'7'', 250 pounds Stanley Cup champion is a stay-at-home defenseman brought in to compensate Mike Komisarek's departure. Signed to a two-year, $4.5 million contract, Gill is the kind of defenseman who fits well on a second or third D-pairing. His lack of speed makes him a liability
Finally, the Canadiens concluded their spending frenzy by signing free agent Brian Gionta to five-year, $25 million contract. Another hardened veteran, Gionta had his best year in
Although none of the forwards acquisitions are impressive (except maybe Cammalleri), all three are players who have no problem adhering to a system and won't necessarily ignore their defensive duties. The question mark will be the size issue. It's one thing to be gritty, and not shy away from confrontation, but it's another thing to do it night in, night out when you don't have teammates in the likes of Jarome Iginla, Patrik Elias, and Jamie Langenbrunner. But then again, no one knows what will happen until they step on the ice, so I guess it's wait and see.
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