Yeah, LA snapped to. Having Quick, Kopitar and Doughty playing great helps, eh? The Blackhawks didn't get that from their nucleus this season with Crawford going down.
Ah, the Circus. The ultimate surprise start! The NHL has come a long way. Lots of stuff happened in Chicago back in the day. So much fun to be had. Players don't party nearly as much now as they did then. It's way more business-like.
The Blues remained hush-hush on this. It sure sounded like a mild concussion, given all the circumstances. The Blues initially believed he might bounce back right away and play, which is why he went on the road with him.
He has been on and off the top unit. There is room for both Dunn and No. 91. I like him on that unit. He is decisive with the puck. If there is a lane to shoot, he shoots. Sounds simple, but we have lamented this team's inability to make quick plays to catch penalty killers on the move..
That sounds about right for a price on RNH. There was some chattered about dealing him to Ottawa for Hoffman, since RNH has most recently played on McDavid's wing. But that team really needs a D-man. I'm sure they'd target Parayko.
The Tavares thing is a longshot because he might now leave New York. And if he does, other teams will bid. Adding him would require clearing out one multi-year contract in the near term and likely moving other players down the road when they get into their earning years. The opportunity cost on Tavares would be high. Do that and there are many other things the team cannot do.
Schmaltz can play in the NHL. As a 25th overall pick I'm not sure he is a disappointment. But not I project him to be an impact guy. He moves the puck well, but he isn't a huge offensive threat and he's obvious not a physical force. Third-pairing guy.
Schneider has been awful at times this season in New Jersey. Once upon a time he appeared to be an emerging star. So it goes with goaltenders. As we note weekly, goaltenders are struggling all over the league. Not a lot of solutions out there. Mostly problems.
This team will hard-pressed just to make the playoffs with this team. So winning a round or even extending a playoff series would be hard.
Barkov is not going anywhere. Schenn is the team's No. 1 center. The only possible player out there to supplant him is Tavares and, again, the odds of him ending up here are not great.
The Stars have faltered and the Blues need them to keep struggling. They also need Colorado, LA or Anaheim to slip as well. If that doesn't happen I believe the Blues will just miss.
The Circus played 758 games. Perhaps he didn't live up to the hype, but Denny Felsner he was not.
Certainly Allen has put a different spin on his season. Sobotka ending that long scoring drought helped his standing here and also with other teams. He has been more noticeable overall.
The responded well to Yeo, which should secure him. Had the team not traded Stastny, it would likely be in the bracket as we speak. There could be some interesting head coaches in the market this summer, though, many NHL coaches may have less security than they should.
That is interesting. I am a big RNH fan. But then again, I am a big Parayko fan and his value to the team will only grow as Bouwmeester heads out into the twilight. That is what you call a fair hockey trade.
Borderline hit for sure. High contact. He didn't leave his skates, but he didn't try to lower his contact point against a player who had his head down. That had danger written all over it. IMO Brayden needed to finish that hit a bit lower than he did.
Just an odd year, I believe. Crawford gets the vertigo thing. Matt Murray lost his father and battled injuries. A bunch of guys got hurt and a bunch of guys slumped. Players have more scouting info to work from than every before, so that can make goaltending tougher too. And now the league is backing away from goaltender interference enforcement.
Even with guys out, Boston does play a nice defensive style. But getting pucks through and actually hitting the net have been problems all year for this team. Some of that is deficient skill in the supporting cast and some of that is frustration causing guys to think too much and aim too often. Get pucks through and many good things can happen.
JT is a talent, but it's not like he can elevate a team into Cup contention. Obviously that hasn't happened where he is at. If his team believes that it has keepers with this next talent wave, then passing on Tavares would make it easier to keep all those guys for the long haul.
He is a confident player with a well-rounded game. And he will fill a need position.