Paul Mara has signed a one year deal to go north of the border and play for the Canadiens.  I thought this deserved its own post, so we could at least stare at that perfectly groomed rug one last time.  In my opinion, Mara was a great acquisition several years ago and brought stability and leadership to the Rangers blue-line.  Not only did he bear a striking resemblance to the mythological lumbarjack of Michigan, but he also looks a lot like another figure who has found himself in the media pretty consistently as of late. We all knew the Rangers weren’t going to re-sign #27, as his age and the pool of prospects at the position continue to grow.  Either way, I’m sure we all feel a little saddened at his departure.  I know I do.

Aside from that, what an offseason the Canadiens are having.  Scott Gomez, Hal Gill, Brian Gionta, Paul Mara, Mike Cammalleri, Jaroslav Spacek, and Travis Moen.  Each brings a little something and more to the table.  Think Bob Gainey is feeling the pressure?