I was busy covering Rams football back then, so you'll have to pose that to Gordo on his chat, or TomT next time he's on the Blues chat.
I have heard Kuznetsov's name mentioned in connection with Tarasenko. You'd be getting a net cap loss (of $300K) since Kuznetsov's making $7.8 million a year. You'd be getting that $7.8 for four more years, although that shouldn't be a problem since he's only 29. He'd help on the power play obviously, which could come in handy if Hoffman & Tarasenko are gone. But I'd have to think you'd have to trade Tarasenko plus something else to get him. Also, Kutznetsov has a modified no-trade - 15 teams according to CapFriendly.
I'd be very, very surprised if Krug was left unprotected.
I've interviewed him a few times since I've joined the hockey beat, but not since the end of this season. I wouldn't expect a team owner to say: "We have no chance at a Cup." That would be like telling fans why bother to buy tickets.
Hey now. Let's play fair.
Yes to everything you mentioned. It happened frequently during the Vegas expansion draft.
Yes, Tarasenko can be exposed to Seattle. He has a no-trade clause. He does NOT have a no-move clause. Doug Armstrong doesn't believe in no-move clauses.
I believe you mean Tampa Bay. Chicago did the same thing several years ago during their heyday. I don't know if it came up during the GM meetings this week, but I haven't heard anything to indicate teams are griping about the rule.
I think the Kraken will have many better (i.e., more experienced) options) than Husso,
I don't think there's any problem heading into the season. Coming out of the season might be a different matter if the team continues the sub-.500 level of hockey (29-30-10) it has played since entering the Edmonton bubble a year ago.
Don't believe so. Although I'm sure they'd be willing to include him as a trade piece in any Tarasenko or Tkachuk move.
I think he's doing well, but haven't talked to him personally.
There could be a lot of changes up front, that's for sure. Overall, it's not inconceivable that Tarasenko, Dunn, Schwartz, Hoffman and Bozak all will be gone
Sure it's possible. But all Schwartz's has to do is tell the Kraken he's not interested in signing with them during the three-day negotiating period that begins this weekend.
The league and the players association are still working on it. In fact, the teams have been presented with two proposed schedules for next season - one with a break for the Olympics, and one without such a break (meaning no NHL players at the Olys). Something's gotta be decided quickly, because the league wants to come out with the schedule before the NHL draft July 23-24.
I don't have any planned. Not sure what Tom's got up his sleeve on that front. But the "Where have they now" stories have been very popular. And Connie Madigan, who I believe is still alive, would be a good one. I believe he still holds the distinction of oldest rookie to play in the NHL.
Yes, I believe it's business as usual this coming season, with teams playing between 68 and 76 games (depending on the division). And Blues' affiliate will be in Springfield (Mass.)
Yes, Kraken pick one player from every team (except Vegas, which is exempt) for a total of 30 players. And it's not really a team-by-team draft. Teams submit their protected list by 4 p.m. Central on Saturday. Seattle submits its list of 30 players to the league by 9 a.m. July 21. League announces the list to the world that evening.