The Dumbening begins (aka NHL free agency is here)

There’s an old saying among NHL general managers that today’s free agent signing is tomorrow’s salary cap dump. Unfortunately, no general managers live by this saying, because there’s another old saying among NHL general managers: Today’s mistake is the next guy’s problem. Fine, neither of these is an actual saying in the GM community, but they might as well be, because, as usual, the instant free agency opened, hockey’s decision makers went diving headlong up their own rear ends. It’s not like there was a marquee free agent available that everybody had to go after this summer, not once Gabriel Landeskog re-signed with the Avalanche on Tuesday night.