Ramblings: Borgström signs; Kostin starts; Quinn fired; Monahan surgery; playoff previews – May 13

Michael Clifford

2021-05-13

Henrik Borgström signed a two-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks, carrying a cap hit of $1M per season. He was traded to the Blackhawks as part of the Brett Connolly cap dump from the Panthers, as it was clear the team was ready to move on from The Borg.

Where his future goes, who knows. But he will have the opportunity to crack the lineup as the keys get turned over to the kids. Just look at the lineups the team threw on the ice this year; Borgström will have a shot. It is all up to him to make the best of it.

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David Quinn has been fired by the New York Rangers. This seemed likely after everyone was cleaned out following the Artemi PanarinTom Wilson incident. We have no idea what was going on behind closed doors, but new GMs tend to like to have their own coaches, and here we are.

I am ambivalent about Quinn. Maybe he's a good coach, I don't really know. What I do know is that he purposefully had a DeAngelo-J. Johnson pairing for a few games earlier in the year, and anyone with even passing knowledge of the NHL player pool knew what a complete disaster that would be, and it was: 0-3 in goals for/against, 41.7% expected goal share. It is just one example of where a really, obviously bad idea was really obvious to everyone except the guy making the lineup. And when you're that blind to your players' deficiencies, you probably need to go.  

Alex wrote about the firing here.

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Klim Kostin in St. Louis:

Kostin is a guy I've been excited to see in the NHL since he was drafted. I have hopes he can fill a similar role to Max Comtois, playing middle-6 minutes and putting up 20-goal and triple-digit-hit seasons. He still has a ways to go before he can be like Comtois, but that he's even in the NHL is a good start.

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