Ramblings: Kase shutdown; Coleman/Goodrow; Thomas and Kyrou; playoff recaps – May 25

Michael Clifford

2021-05-25

Ondrej Kase has been shut down for the year by the Boston Bruins. Remember that he was injured very early in Boston's regular season, missed four months, returned for a few shifts for a game a couple weeks ago, was injured again, and is now done for the year. In total, going back to 2018-19, he has played 88 regular season games over three years.

This is well and truly awful. Kase had all the makings of being a top-line winger on a Cup contender but the guy just cannot stay healthy at all. I have to be honest when I say I wonder about his future in the NHL in general. Missing an entire season with a concussion, returning for basically half a game, then leaving for the rest of the year says that this is very, very bad. We don't know the extent, but this is giving me shades of Stephen Johns. I really hope I'm wrong.

All the best to Kase. No one deserves to go through what he's going through.  

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When I was watching the Tampa Bay game, I had a question: where do Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow go next year? Tampa doesn't have the cap space to keep them so they're both gone, but both are bordering or crossing past 30 years old, and this isn't 2019. Both are also going to get significant raises from their combined $2.725M cap hit. Who could use them?

I think both are best served in the roles similar to Tampa Bay: third line, penalty kill, sometimes scoring. These aren't guys that can play 19-20 minutes a night, but they're both incredibly effective, and Coleman is a good scorer.

They should go as a tandem and give a team a competent third line. Maybe a young team that needs depth. Can Jim Benning clear some cap space? How about Los Angeles and their abundance of cap space?

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Check for Oliver Wahlstrom's status as he took a hard, and illegal, hit from Michael Matheson in the third period of their game Monday night:

Josh Bailey scored the game-winner less than a minute into the second OT for a 3-2 win and a 3-2 series lead. Ilya Sorokin was outstanding in net, saving 48 of 50.

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Cole Caufield took Eric Staal's spot in the lineup, skating