If this isn’t the biggest sign that this summer has one of the weakest free agency pools in recent memory, I don’t know what is.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Colby Armstrong to a three-year, $9 million contract. Armstrong scored just 15 goals last season, one year after his “breakout season’ in 2008-2009 with the Thrashers, after he scored 22 goals in 82 games.
Armstrong is known more for his physicality than outright scoring ability, although he doesn’t end up in the penalty box as much as you would think with a player like that. He’s mainly just a “guy” who had a good season with Atlanta two years ago, and signed a one-year extension with the Thrashers to cash in on it.
Now, even after a down season, he’s making $3 million a year in Toronto.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.