Actual news about one of my teams, and Jes's blog is consumed by the Carnival of the NHL, so I'll post it here.
The Avalanche finally got around to signing Marek Svatoš today, marking one of the only things they've done right this summer. It's a one-year deal, which makes perfect sense for all involved -- the Svatoš camp can renegotiate a new deal next year, after the Trio of Crap has gone away and money is free, the Avalanche can see if Svatoš can stay healthy for more than a few weeks at a time.
And it gives me some sense of optimism that there is sanity still present in the Avalanche front office, and that they are committed to the young talented guys. It sounds silly now, but I spent much of the summer haunted by visions of Colorado trading away Svatoš for the rights to Benoit Brunet or something. That's past, and I can lose all sense of caution now. Stanley Cup or bust!