Silence is NOT golden - it's maddening!
The doors of the UFA store have been opened for just over 48 hours and most GM's have rushed in to grab what they can. Here are a few of the players that have been signed already:
Meanwhile, a few GM's are still circling the parking lot looking for a place to park. Those GM's work for teams like the Avalanche, the Maple Leafs, the Sharks, the Capitals, the Devils, the Sabres, the Lightning, the Predators and, unfortunately, the Mighty Ducks. These GM's have combined to do exactly nothing since the doors opened.
Now sure, there are plenty of good players still on the shelves. Peter Forsberg, Scott Niedermayer, Ziggy Palffy, Nikolai Khabibulin, Paul Kariya, Miroslav Satan, Brian Raflaski, etc. However, the selection is not what it once was and instead of having their choice of players, the GM's in the parking lot will be left to fight over what's left.
As a Mighty Ducks fan it has been a very disappointing 48 hours. We've heard nothing from our GM except that the new head coach hates losing as much as he does (both could be pissed this season unless they sign some talent) followed by a cryptic interview with a Vancouver radio station. We have no idea what players he is interested in, no idea what players are interested in Anaheim and no idea when we will hear anything other than the maddening silence that is slowly driving some of us crazy.
To me, this is like being a foster kid at Christmas. You go to bed on Christmas Eve dreaming of all the things that you might get the next day. When you wake up you rush downstairs to see what you got. But when you get there, there's no gifts with your name on them. Instead, you get to watch all the other kids open their gifts with glee while you and a few others sit in the corner with nothing but jealousy and frustration to keep you company.
(I will now try to bring all these bad analogies home) Hopefully, Burke parks the car soon. Hopefully he gets himself into the UFA store and buys a couple of players. Hopefully he puts them under the tree for us to open and enjoy, and hopefully he does it before we completely give up hope and/or go insane.