What might have been slightly overshadowed by the Sheldon Souray
signing during the flurry of deals on Sunday's opening day of free agency was the acquisition of 31-year-old defenseman Bryan Allen
, who last played in Carolina. Allen is a big, strong dude at 6-5, 226, a shutdown defenseman who loves to block shots (as witnessed by the 188 he knocked down last year that was fourth in the NHL).
He's also by all accounts a solid guy who was one of the veteran voices in the Carolina locker room the past couple of seasons. In other words, Ducks fans, we're gonna like this guy.
I got a chance to talk yesterday to Bryan over the phone, as he and his wife Lexie and two kids are spending time in their summer place in South Florida. Bryan and Lexie, both natives of Kingston, Ontario, are currently working on getting their U.S. citizenship.
Here's that Q&A