The Blues would really want Barbashev to fill some of the Fabbri void. He played up in the Top 6 at times last season and for shifts here and there this season.
With Thompson, Kostin, Walman,Thomas, Kyrou, Toropchenko all showing near-term promise, the Blues aren't going to lose sleep over a mid- to late-first-round pick. Plus they have Sanford and Sundqvist adding depth.
Obviously the Blues can't count on Fabbri next season. But will all those young forwards pressing for work next fall, that won't be as big an issue as it is today.
Right-shot defensemen are a commodity, period. Most teams are always prowling for them.
When you have Crosby on one line and Malkin on the another, you aren't looking to roll four lines. You just aren't.
Minus a big offensive element to his game, I'd see a bridge deal for him (although they are getting more rare) and then bigger money on the next deal if he becomes a consistent 20-minute man.
This league is so close that the youth will struggle to keep up when the grind gets to 50, 60 and 70 games. And if one key guy gets hurt, look out.
If these kids all hit, the Blue will need to buck up again and again and again to maintain the group. And the really good young players these days are jumping past the bridge deals and getting long term and big dollars.
It's Toronto, so he is worth more there than he would be in Edmonton. But like McDavid, he must be aware of the need to keep some playmates. Marner and Nylander will get paid, too, when their time comes. Kadri, Bozak, Reilly, van Riemsdyk, Zaitsev, Gardiner . . . lot of guys to pay on that team. This might be a peak talent year for the Leafs, which is why Babcock is eager to get things going.
I see Dallas, because Hitchcock will get that team organized in front of Bishop. The other two, no.
At some point, sure. It's a process. As they say in Philly, Trust the Process.
I would recommend Corey Pronman's work. Follow him on Twitter. His ratings are in The Athletic, so you'll have to pay for that.
Bad night for special teams in lovely Sunrise. And the game before in New York was a problem, too, with the poor 5-on-3 sequence that turned the game against them.
The rehab starts immediately. First the player must battle to fend off atrophy in the bad wheel. Then the player starts building strength. Finally, the player trains to get his whole lower body strength back in balance. It is a long, hard road. Fabbri will spend the season in the weight room while his buddies play.
These guys are more relaxed for sure. Now, after a game like the last one, Yeo has to summon his inner Hitch to get their attention heading to Tampa.
Amiable bunch overall. Pietrangelo may be the chattiest, for which he takes kidding from teammates.
Thorburn is the meanest-looking, for sure. He looks like he came out of Central Casting for his role.
Ah, those were good times. I believe that was in the midst of his key guys taking private PP advice from their outside consultant, Adam Oates.
One assist in his first two games with the Rampage. But no shots on goal. Klim, you've got a great shot, use it.
Good question. I'll run that one past Timmerman. Bortuzzo seems like a funny guy. Ott, now that was the next level.
OK, looks like we're tapped out. Check you next week!