Finally a little down time... Well, another over the hill, overpaid and washed up vet heads off to Shady Acres in Manhattan. Of course had Richards signed with the Leafs he would be a great player and difference maker . In all seriousness he should make a solid addition to the Rangers if he's back to 100%. That's always the worry with concussions. The money isn't silly for him if he's healthy. It's too bad he didn't pick the Leafs but I don't know that he was going to convinced to go anywhere but NY as long as they made him a decent offer. On the other hand the money for Connolly is more than I would have liked based on his production and health. Talk is there was enough interest in him that the money was market value, so hopefully things work out. I'm less concerned with Lombardi's health sisnce I think he was a salary dump in the aquisition of Franson. With a little luck though it will play out like Lupul and the guy thought to be the throw in turns out to be good value. Overall I think the Franson deal was a sweet one with the Leafs giving up virtually nothing and adding at least one if not two quality players. Hey, maybe between Connolly and Lombardi we'll get a full season . The Leafs now have a pretty good looking young defence corps right now. It still remains to be seen what they will turn into but there's a lot of potential there. Overall I'm comfortable with the moves made. We didn't land anyone major but outside of Richards there was no UFA that was worth the money being tossed around. I'm also glad that the Leafs didn't give up Kulemin to land Mike Richards from Philly as has been reported as part of the ask in that case. I like Mike but I don't think he's good enough to sacrifice that much future to land him, certainly not at the develoment stage the Leafs are at. They are well positioned to look for other deals as teams feel a cap/cash pinch. The Sabres and Caps will pretty much have to make some moves just to round out the roster and give themselves a little breathing room.