While news has been slow on the Blues signing players, which we expected, plenty of former members of the Note have found new homes and at least one more looks close to moving on. Defenseman Mike Weaver inked a 2-year deal with the Florida Panthers worth $900,000 a year. I have to say, I think the Panthers got a great deal here. Weaver is a solid blue-liner, and he is a steal for that price. With that being said, I’m glad Weaver moved on. It’s time to give some young defensemen (COUGH Alex Pietrangelo COUGH) a chance to play at this level. This team is committed to the youth movement, so we need to do just that.
Jamal Mayers also got himself a new deal, as he will suit up for the San Jose Sharks in 2010-2011. Mayers got a one-year deal worth $600,000, which is another nice price tag. Mayers isn’t a huge impact player on the scoreboard, but he is a guy you like having on your team. I was always a Mayers fan, and I think the Sharks got a nice player.
Moving on to Paul Kariya, who appears to be extremely close to heading back to his old stomping grounds in Southern California. Reports are that Kariya and the Ducks are close to a deal, which would send him back home and put him on the same team as his buddy Teemu Selanne. What is this, 2001? I mean, I like both of these players, but do the Ducks really think these guys will give them a better chance to make the playoffs? I have to admit, I’m kind of a Ducks fan. I blogged for them for a bit last season, and I really grew to like them. While this move works from a P.R. standpoint, I just don’t see it making them a better team. At any rate, I still like Pauly and I hope he has a nice season wherever he ends up.