I lurk on here quite a bit but figured I'd chime in on something that I don't think anyone has mentioned.

This is the first FA crop of Ireland draftees. I think the true test of how well he drafted is the interest that is generated by these players in FA.

A few years ago we were letting guys go into FA and they weren't being signed by other teams but instead found themselves out of the league. I think the fact that Hartline, Long and Smith may command more money than we're willing to pay is a sign that our roster has gotten much better.