The Tanguay Sweepstakes, so to speak, is over. The winger signed with the Bolts, in what at least Russo feels was a foregone conclusion. The combination of top 2 line minutes, arguably better linemates, and, perhaps, more money, was just too much to pass up. Not that I blame him. That and taking away his ability to score on the Wild in bunches - by signing with them - would have been a bad career move.
Personally, I say: good. We didn't need another softish, playmaking winger. We need finishers. We also need to keep the kids on whom the success - or lack thereof - of this season may well depend enthused heading into camp. The way to do that is to make them feel like there are jobs available to compete for - not that Fletcher is happy to fill them up like, well, his predecessor.
And keeping the cap space open was a good call too.
So, we are probably looking at the roster that we'll go into camp with. I'm okay with that. Is it all-world on paper? Absolutely not. I'm not even suggesting it'll be all-world on the ice. Far from it. But it represents solidification of vision by the GM (and, one assumes, the coach) which is an immediate improvement, in mentality if not on-ice skill. And it's certainly no worse than it was last season.