I wouldn't be surprised if we saw changes on the power play soon, because it hasn't done a whole lot. Ultimately, not having Tarasenko on the first unit limits the amount of time the team's best offensive player gets with a man advantage. Though I wouldn't mind seeing the second unit getting more ice time than the first unit nowadays, because the first unit isn't doing a whole lot. There's also a tendency, I think, to defer to Tarasenko with whatever unit he's on. I think ultimately you want him in position to take a one-timer.
It should, but it doesn't.
I did not know that, but the Blues were simply amazed by how out of shape he was when he showed up for camp in 2018.
He's been comparable to anyone else. I think the defense has been ahead of the offense so far, which isn't saying a whole lot. The experiment of putting him with Pietrangelo didn't wow anyone.
If you had asked me that four years ago, I would not have said Steve Ott, and it turns out everyone thinks he's a great coach who will be a head coach somewhere sometime. Those seem to be the kind of players who do it best, guys like Berube who got the chance to watch a lot of hockey and who had to know all the intricacies to keep their jobs. So Brouwer could do it, Steen could do it. O'Reilly or Bouwmeester would be better as skills coaches. But I don't know how many of them would want to do it. Bortuzzo or Scandella would be candidates. I wouldn't mind covering teams with either of them as a coach.
The team is never going to say it, not without Dunn's permission, about why he was out. And Dunn so far hasn't said anything.
I can assure you Jim isn't slacking, and that he isn't at a Holiday Inn Express. I don't know what the schedule is.
What they did was get Vancouver. NBCSN doesn't want to give a prime spot to a series with a Canadian team, because they don't have a hometown market that factors in their ratings. And there aren't many Pacific time zone teams around either, so that was another reason for them to get the late game. Throughout these playoffs so far, it's Eastern Conference teams that have gotten the prime spots.
I haven't heard anything, but he doesn't figure in the team's future. He looked real good in camp, but his play dropped off after that and they were disappointed in his play in San Antonio. They've got other young defensemen to consider.
I never said anything about the Golden Girls.
He's not in the doghouse. He just hasn't proved himself yet. Berube and the team remain very high on him. Next season, with a full training camp behind him, he should figure in the team's plans from the start. He'll need to because the salary cap won't work without him being in the lineup.
The question pile is running low, so here's a call for reinforcements.
Oh what I wouldn't have given to see Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff duke it out back in the day. Rod Brind'Amour looks to be in very good shape.
I know the baseball guys right around now are wishing they could cover live sports.
With AHL hockey in doubt for next season, and with the season not starting until late, heading to Europe would be the safe way to keep these players in some semblance of shape. Otherwise, players not quite ready for the NHL might lose a year of on-ice experience at a very critical moment in their development. Because if the AHL can't play in front of fans next season, there won't be an AHL.
Tyler Toffoli,who they got at the trade deadline from the Kings and who missed the final three games of the Minnesota series, had six goals in 10 games with Vancouver before the pause. They wouldn't mind having him.
Hey, it's only about six hours till the puck drops -- I think it's 9:40 p.m. -- but I'm going to call it a wrap here. Jim will be watching from his perch at Rogers Place, I'll be watching from here. With the late start, look for lots online when you get up tomorrow morning. And join us all in praying there won't be overtime. Thanks for the questions and see you next week.