If you have any candidates, feel free to pass them along to Stillman. And let's not forget that Brooks failed miserably as a NHL coach.
Not sure what the team has in the way of back-up there. Not sure this has ever happened in the NHL.
That could happen. And they could be the second PP unit as well.
There is lots of good-natured ribbing with the boys in the room. I can't say that I have heard much substantive domestic policy debate, although I supposed the Swedes might feel entitled to do some chirping.
The team did need a shakeup at the time, but I believed they could have gotten more for Oshie, knowing that Brouwer was heading to free agency. But Brouwer was very good for the one year and Oshie had the sort of regular season regression this season that the team feared. The rest of that contract could be tough for Washington.
He is a secondary option fit, better than status quo.
Sure, it could happen. The give the same answer about what it takes: Hot goaltending and a group of players that manages to rise to new levels as the playoffs progress. These Capitals are a great example. Holtby struggled during the latter half of the regular season and started the playoffs on the bench. The Capitals entered the postseason as a long shot. This was not one of their better teams on Ovechkin's watch. Then Holtby stepped in and got hot, the team collective rose up it won one tough series after another. The top guys starred and role players like Lars Eller stepped up. This can happen to any playoff team but, obviously, it usually doesn't.
Iron Mike battled the media daily. He became a parody of himself and I wrote a whole puck about how his career unraveled.
The Blues bent over backward to keep Sundqvist offer waivers last season. so I could see him getting an offer -- but not protection from the waiver wire next season. There's been some chatter about Soshnikov returning to Russia, but I would expect the Blues to offer him as well.
He was never available. Only in the minds of mischievous Blues fans.
Ryan played well when he got his chance, but it's not like he was some massive deterrent that had Ovechkin and Co. tip-toeing around the rink.
Montreal keeps asking for a center in return for him. But he is a good player and there is some sign-and-trade talk that could help the Canadiens fare better in a deal.
Their top priority is center, but I could see Armstrong also looking at some finisher types to help the power play.
I think more fans are concerned about the whole "no Cup" thing than third sweaters.
In due time Thompson could play some center. That would be a big step for the coming camp, given his rookie struggles. I could see Fabbri getting a good look there if his knee holds up.
Holtby at his best was way better than Allen, so that is a stretch. But like Carey Price, Cam Talbot, Henrik Lundqvist, Matt Murray and so many others Braden did hit the rocks during a long stretch of the season.
Tim Thomas, now that guy was something . . .