Toronto GM Brian Burke dipped his itchy trigger fingers into the free agency waters Thursday afternoon and fished out Colby Armstrong for three years at $3 million per. Armstrong had been with the Atlanta Thrashers since the 2008 trade deadline when Pittsburgh sent him there in the Marian Hossa trade.
Armstrong fits Burke's mold as a plucky, tough forward with offensive skills. The 27-year-old right wing has 178 points in 360 NHL games. He scored a career-high 22 goals in 2008-09 when he also matched his career high with 40 points. His numbers dipped to 15 goals and 29 points this past season.
That's today's game. That's one of the things you have to deal with when you're a championship team. Guys are going to earn more money based on their performance and what they've achieved, [and] deservedly so. [Saad] falls into that category.
— Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Brandon Saad, who was traded by Chicago to the Columbus Blue Jackets this offseason