One shortcoming we in the media often have is we see players in an entirely different way than their teammates do. Tarasenko comes off as aloof to the media. His teammates see a very different Tarasenko. They know he can be moody; Stastny commented on it a few years ago. So the players may perceive comments from Tarasenko in a vastly different way than the rest of us do. And there's a good chance he's expressed some of his feelings to his teammates about some of these things. So this may not be coming out of nowhere to them. And they know what Tarasenko is like. So maybe it's not as big a deal to them as it seems to us. Years ago, there was a player on the team who was great with the media. We assumed he was great with his teammates. Turns out he wasn't. Tougher might be any bridges burned with the training or medical staff. But it would be tough to have an alternate captain who has asked for a trade.
Even with the TV deal, I think the cap will be staying flat. Keep in mind that while the cap has historically been based on a 50-50 split of league revenue, right now it's being arbitrarily kept there. So the new TV deals get them closer to that 50-50 split, but they aren't there yet.
Probably optimistic, but until this roster is set, it's hard to know what to think. As of right now, the Blues don't have the depth they had last season. Counting on not having injuries is a big gamble. If Tarasenko was to stay, his play would improve over last season because he'd be healthier. Wouldn't be getting back to levels of old, but still could score goals.
My pleasure. That's what I'm here for.
Yeah, except that the players you'd most like to get are the ones Seattle wants to keep the most. Or Vince Dunn, which would be the pinnacle of irony. And not all the guys Seattle drafted are NHL-ready guys. Or NHL-worthy guys.
Well, the drafting of Pietrangelo and the signing of Bouwmeester were moves that happened well in the past. Pietrangelo's draft was in 2008. The more recent equivalent would be the drafting of Parayko in 2012. Could an offseason like they had in 2018, when they brought in O'Reilly, Perron, Maroon and Bozak do the trick? Obviously, it could, because it did, but I don't know that that's in the cards, and I'm not sure who those one or two players would be. A lot of the success on this year's team will be from guys like Thomas and Kyrou stepping up in major ways.
Just to acknowledge the people out there making sure I'm staying abreast of these things. thanks.
Winning the Cup is hard. Winning the Cup twice in a row is harder. It seldom happens. I don't know if the Blues were content. They looked pretty good in 2019-20 right up until they went into the bubble. They had the second best record in the league at the time. They haven't been the same since. Something has happened.
Molly, and the kids, could be a factor in Bozak staying around. He's got to be at the point where it would take more a noticeable amount of money, or an extra year, to be an inducement to pick up and move. If there aren't any multi-year deals on the table, he may be back with the Blues at a good price. But the problem is, the Blues have a lot of bottom six players on their roster, so fitting him would be a problem.
I think they'll be better than every expansion team ever except Vegas. And with the rest of the Pacific Division being a bit iffy, who knows what they can do. This is not a bad team. But we also didn't think Vegas was going to be a great team at the start of that season. Even they were surprised.
That is quite the deal, especially when you consider he'll be 39 at the end of it and making $9.5 million. But I believe the way it is structured, if he retires before it's done, there's no additional hit on the Capitals. So if it gets to that points before five seasons, sounds like both sides can just walk away from it.