Some guys have been fleeced by being nice. (See Keith, Duncan). I'm sure the Players Association is sending out reminders that impending UFAs need to stick together and push the market.
With hot goaltending, yes, they could take a Cup run. But I believe their peak talent team is still two or three years away. This is a good team that could grow into a great one if young veterans keep improving and the coming talent wave is as good as experts believe it is.
No, down at San Antonio, averaging a half-point per game. Plenty of work to do.
Great mix, the classic playmaker with a feared power forward and a guy that hammered the puck off the wing. You could also flank the huge and talented Mario Lemieux with a speed guy (Kurri? Bure?) and a pure finished like Mike Bossy.
I take Lemieux in his prime over Sid the Kid because Mario was so physically hard to contain, in addition to being ultra talented. Super Mario topped 160 points four times. Also rode off with the All-Star truck at The Arena.
Nashville could make a big move. That is the other team to watch. Adding Turris was huge and now tie top Preds line is rolling again. As for the Blues, we'll know a lot more on New Year's Day.
I tend to agree on Pietrangelo. He plays in all scenarios at a high level. The Blues would miss Tarasenko's offensive presence, but the Schwartz/Schenn combo could still produce some.
I'm old, but not old enough to fully appreciate those players or their era. Dominating in a six-team league was tougher, for sure, but these days the NHL draws talent from so many places .
OK, looks like my time is up for the day. Thanks for all the questions and comments. I will be back at you next Friday.