Plager and Unger were two different types of players, obviously. Bob had a big hand in some of the franchise's best seasons, so I wouldn't dismiss his accomplishments.
For sure the Stanley Cup. Injuries and puck luck play a huge part in winning a Cup. Some outcomes are random. The better team loses series all the time. Would a record-setting top NBA seed like the Golden State Warriors at their peak get swept out of the playoffs in the first round? No, but that's what happened to Tampa Bay.
The Sharks have more talent than the Blues. Defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson are extraordinary offensive threats and San Jose has three liens that can score. The one big Blues advantage is goaltending. If they can put the sort of pressure on Martin Jones that they did on Ben Bishop, that's how they win the series. And, yes, some of that pressure must come from an improved power play.
No, but it will be posted shortly.
Such hazing has largely vanished from the sport. Some high jinks remain, but it's far more low key than before. Back in the day, players were merciless on each other.
For those two guys? I don't know that they have enough. San Francisco should ask for Alex Reyes, if the lad is finally back in big leagues, and maybe Dakota Hudson too.
I believe he would ruin his career by sitting out a whole season. If he can't get his number now, he would have less leverage a year removed from the game. As for a prediction for where he lands, I have no idea.
A rough estimate for the Blues is $1 million in revenue per playoff game. So this run is helping the franchise get healthier financially.
The Cardinals didn't play well against the Cubs in their last series, but they have a veteran team that is comfortable playing anyone else.
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time!