OK, folks, got some random thoughts on Day 1 of free agency. First, this much: Les Jackson said the Stars did talk with Pat Morris, who is the agent to one New York Rangers instigator Sean Avery. He made $1.9 million last year and obviously is looking for more. The Rangers didn't want to give him whatever he wanted, and now the question is, how much and do the Stars want to go for whatever it may be?
I threw out a few more names, wondering if there were talks with any of them, and got negatives on all of them. Nobody's chatting too much right now.
Still, today was quiet for the Stars. Why, you ask? Because the prices are ridiculous. Reminds me of my infrequent jaunts to high-priced department stores, where I usually find myself asking: "Can't I get the same thing somewhere else for less?" Methinks the Stars are thinking the same thing right now. At least they ought to be.
Look at last year's first day, kids. How many of those high-priced boys made an impact reflecting those ginormous contracts? I'm fine with a guy like Brian Campbell getting a big deal. But some of the others... wow. Very, very surprised. Guys who have only had one good season (or not even) were signing up for $3 or $4 million a year.
So look for things to return to normalcy the next few days... or at least as normal as a free-agency period can be after the overwhelming numbers of Day 1. I still think the Stars will end up making a good deal out of all this. And they'll get a decent price, too.