This is one of those that you want to see when the dust settles just exactly what was going on. When I first saw the Coyotes statement, I was expecting it to be a normal, standard boilerplate announcement about an executive leaving. Of course, when I first saw that the GM might be accompanying his team into the bubble that seemed really weird to. Seldom do you see the kind of statement the team put out, so they obviously must be really mad at Chayka. It might have played better in a non-COVID year, where a guy could change jobs in the summer, and it sounds like Chayka's new job might involve more than just hockey, which could explain the need to make a decision now. All in all, very weird, and very NHL.
I don't know how much ice time they'll get, but Kyrou and Mikkola are the guys. And since Kyrou is a forward, he'll have the better chance to get really noticed.
Seems quite possible, though the teams will have to take steps to keep them going because if several run into trouble, that's a big problem for the NHL. These teams aren't big moneymakers in the best of times, and if they can't sell tickets they can't survive. If the NHL is playing to empty arenas next season, I don't know how the AHL can start play. But in the NHL, more than any other league probably, you need to have guys in reserve because you know guys are going to get hurt. Could we see an MLB type taxi squad/reserve unit? They might have to do that.
I'm sure it's been discussed. If the Penguins have 12 positives, what do you do? About the only thing you can have them do is have them forfeit their series, since having everyone else sit around idle for two weeks doesn't seem like much of an option. And hate to say it, but it may depend on who gets sick on each team. No offense, but the league isn't going to shut everything down if Austin Poganski gets sick, but if it's Auston Matthews, that's a different matter.
Tough call. It would have been easier to sign him if the salary cap had gone up. But it didn't. At the same time, now every team is going to face a squeeze under the cap, and that may keep the number and size of the offers he gets down, so there could be less of a bidding war. If that's the case, that works in the Blues favor, and if there's zero chance of him matching Josi's salary, then maybe the difference of a few hundred thousand dollars isn't as big when it comes to him making a decision. It's probably a slight edge to the Blues.
Sundqvist is always available for the assignment.
We're at the point where the questions are almost gone. So if you've got something to ask, here's your last chance.
Hope it's not a copout to say Gretzky
A bunch could probably have been good soccer players, golfers too if they had even more time on the links. It's a group with really good hand-eye coordination. Probably some good lacrosse players in there too. Guys like O'Reilly or Pietrangelo could excel at a lot of things. And Jay Bouwmeester would be a good triathlete.
It's really hard to say since we haven't seen him in practice since he came back. That will be something else to see tonight, who he looks. He's had a rough season. Had it not been for the pause, he was probably looking at his third stint on IR this season. My guess on this latest one would have been his lower back. The fact they tried working on him on the bench meant it wasn't something that obviously and immediately ruled him out, so probably something that was stiff or hurt. He'll probably have to play through it, but we'll see him tonight and see how he looks.
At the time of the time of the pause, they were just starting to re-do the freight elevators (which break an awful lot). Other than small repairs, I think that's the last of the major renovations. I don't know that there's anything in there that hasn't really been replaced now.
There is legitimate talk. They've done it for those various mini-series like the Road to the Cup or Road to the Winter Classic. Sounds like they're planning to make it a little more immediate this time.
I do not. I have blue ones, but not Blues ones.
I'd bring that question up with Jeff Gordon on Friday in his chat. Jeff knows all when it comes to the league.
So noted. I was envisioning a Blues-Lightning series last season.
The best? Well, the Presidents Trophy team was pretty good, and there have been others along the way that had loads of talent only to fade in the playoffs but considering they won the Cup, which many thought they had a chance to do when the season began, I'll go with them as best.
OK, we're about two hours away from the puck drop in Edmonton for Blues-Blackhawks. The players will probably be heading to the elevators shortly for the long trip to the game. Jim or I will be back in this very spot next week, when we'll have all sorts of things to talk about. Actual games. I know I've said it a few times, but now it seems even clearer: This is going to happen. Nicely done by all involved. Thanks for your cooperation and questions. Much appreciated.