Define "big splash".
Ben at the Booland Blog had this to say about Atlanta’s big (and ONLY) free agent signing:
"Hainsey had 8 goals last year and 9 the year before. Our franchise record for goals in a season by a defenseman is 10. With Hainsey going from the defensively tight West to the more free-flowing East he could break that mark if he continues to play as well as he did in Columbus. Hainsey played on Columbus' top pair and averaged 22:33 of ice-time per game in 2007-08.
It's way too early to start predicting lineups, but if John Anderson wants to keep Enstrom and Havelid together next season I could see Bogosian and Hainsey being a quality 1B pairing.
What do you think?"
I think you are a dickbag. Do you even watch hockey or are you too busy chatting online with Chad Denny? He’s moving from the “defensively tight West to the more free-flowing East”? You may want to turn a few tricks and invest in Center Ice.
This signing really shows what a sad state the team is in. The Thrashers have to pay$4.5 million to get a second rate player to leave the BlueJackets. Am I really supposed to believe that he was even on the team’s radar before noon today? Meanwhile the Penguins re-sign Brooks Orpik for 6 years at $3.75 per year. Nobody in Atlanta wants either of these guys, but who would you rather have?