Ramblings: Thoughts on Carolina and Montreal; Kapanen trade; Bishop; game results – August 26

Michael Clifford

2020-08-26

The big news on Tuesday was Kasperi Kapanen being traded back to Pittsburgh, the team that originally drafted him, for Pittsburgh's 2020 first-round pick (15th overall). There were other pieces on both sides, and Cam had the full breakdown of the trade here.

I have the Ramblings tomorrow so I'm going to dive into it more then.

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Dallas coach Rick Bowness said Ben Bishop remains unfit to play, but that he did skate on Tuesday. Anton Khudobin is doing just fine, so there’s likely not much rush to get Bishop back into the net.

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It's been a number of days since my last Ramblings, and in the meantime, we've advanced to the second round. That means there has been a lot of news that I want to catch up on, so here are a few items.

As Cam mentioned in his Ramblings yesterday, Andrei Svechnikov had suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Boston series. The initial look at that play made it seem, much worse was possible. Carolina management made it clear that Svech would be good to go for the 2020-21 season, which is wonderful news for him and the team.

Brett Pesce, who had missed the entire postseason, may have been ready for the Conference Final and it's fair to wonder what may have been for Carolina if they got that far. Despite high-end scorers like Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho, the strength of this team is its blue line. With Pesce in the lineup, this team has a very solid top-4 defence corps. Without him, well, things aren't the same.

I should probably dive a bit into their postseason performance.

The first thing that needs to be mentioned is the penalty kill of the Hurricanes. In their series against Carolina, Boston scored five power-play goals and allowed a short-handed one against. Carolina, on the flipside, went tw