That was my initial reaction to the recent Tony Amonte signing. Tony Amonte has signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, $24 million over 4 years. Amazing. This certainly will improve Phoenix's offense and it probably goes without saying that it will be a big blow the B'Hawks who was. one of the few sure things in Chicago in the past 6 or so seasons. Still, it sounds weird to me. I thought the Rangers or the Stars or one of the richer teams in the NHL. But Phoenix? "Now starting at right wing for the Phoenix Coyotes...TONY AMONTE!"
"Sometimes I just wanted to punch Thomas Jefferson right in the gonads but I DIDN'T!"-Goldust
Ya know for all that "I just want to win a Cup" talk Amonte spewed this sure is a lateral move. They're no better off than the Blackhawks were. I mean, sure, they're better now, because of him, but they're no better than the Hawks woulda been if he'd have stayed.
The big problem for your Flames is not so much that they have to catch the Oil, but that they also have to leapfrog six other teams to do it. It seems pretty unlikely...Maybe its time to give the younger guys (Kobasew, Saprykin, Leopold etc.)