Tavares loves it in Long Island. The owners struck a new arena deal and finally fired the holdover GM from the previous owner. If Tavares turns his back on all of that, I believe it would be for something crazy like the Penguins.
One, he got paid his money for those contract years. They counted. Two, there are no expectations for Fabbri. If he holds up, great, he plays in the Top 6 somewhere. If he goes down again, that's it, sadly a career cut short.
Sure, with talent upgrades that would allow them to play faster, the Blues could replicate the Vegas style. But will they get the goaltending and will they be able to sustain that incredible pace?
They are more wingers available in both free agency and via trades than centers. So it's hard to say how this plays out. The competition for centers will be intense.Montreal and Carolina are just two of the teams more desperate for help down the middle.
He size was attractive, as was his checking ability. But unlike Brodziak, he couldn't finish here or there. So he won't hold a position by default going forward, like he did last year.
I like the Blues because they are much, much stronger on defense and we're not sure what the future holds for Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks also have bad contracts with Seabrook and Toews. But they do have some exciting young forwards.
Well, let's hope. This was a very good year for the league with Vegas providing a boost and the Seattle expansion windfall will also boost the industry. There is no reason to shut this thing down. We'll see another round big contracts this summer, but team values are rising. The owners should be happy too.
What dislike? Oshie is a great guy. He went to a great situation in Washington and that's great for him. Great for the Caps, too, because he stepped up in the playoffs. But he has seven more years on a contract that would have been tough to fit in here.
Yeah, Brian was a bit tough on Rod the Bod. I love Ron Sutter and Murray Baron, two really good guys, but that deal was far worse than the Butcher deal.
Yeah, Herb caught a break playing against the No. 2 goaltender. Still, that was amazing coaching job. A great example of group becoming greater than its parts.
Any championship is hard to win. Teams come out of nowhere to do it, like the '99 Rams, or marginal playoffs do it, like the '06 Cardinals. And year after year true powerhouse teams fall short. That's why we keep tuning in. Sports is the ultimate reality TV.
Is Vegas making him available? He is the face of that very successful franchise.
In either case, the standard package is a No. 1 pick, a top prospect or a young good NHL-ready player, plus another pick or prospect. I'm guessing Armstrong only has Thomas and Kyrou as truly off-limits, so guys like Edmundson, Dunn, Thompson, Kostin and Blais would have to come into play to get the attention of Ottawa or Buffalo.
Schwartz is that type of player up front. When healthy, Steen puts himself into the fray. Sobotka used to be that type of guy, maybe he can get it back. Pietrangelo can hold up in those battles. And when teams develop a collective will that gets stronger as the playoffs progress, everybody steps up. Let's not forget that whipping boy Patrik Berglund has had some big postseason moments.
Obviously he exited a team that didn't reach its full potential, so a lot of guys were less than thrilled with a lot of other guys. T.J. was one of those guys the team always expected more from. His rap was playing too much east-west and not enough direct hockey.
He's been in the process before so he knows the ingredients. He's put a team in the Final Four here -- and that team certainly had the potential to win it all. Like we always say, virtually any team that makes the playoffs has what it takes to win the Cup. This year was a great example, Washington vs. Vegas. Who had them playing for the title?.
Yeah, I imagine he'll have to settle for the mandatory small raise and then get some games played clauses.
Most everybody gets away for at least a while, because why would you summer in St. Louis. If you have a baby (or babies) coming you stick around for the medical continuity, but otherwise a lake in Northern Canada or back home in Europe sounds pretty good.
How about Darryl to the Islanders? Not sure that would see Tavares though. Not everybody loves his style.
No on the sweep. No on hockey at the Family Arena, it has failed too many times there already. Not sure what's up with the practice facility.
Odds are the Blues won't win the Cup next year. That's just life. So no changes are in order.