Ramblings: Tavares skating; expansion picks; Florida’s season; playoff recaps – May 28

Michael Clifford

2021-05-28

When the injury to John Tavares came, I honestly feared the absolute worst. It was one of the most gruesome headshots I have ever seen a player take in the NHL, and I'm old enough to remember Paul Kariya getting cross-checked in the face by Gary Suter.

That is why this clip of Tavares skating is such good news:

Who knows how long it'll be before he's game-ready but just as a fan of hockey, that isn't the important part right now. That he's feeling good enough to skate so soon after what looked like a potential career-ending injury brings a smile. All the best to Tavares as he continues his recovery.

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Both Ryan Reaves and Peyton Krebs have hit the COVID list for Vegas. Game 7 comes tonight. I hope both players are healthy and safe, and this couldn't be worse timing for them and Minnesota.

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I have been thinking about the Seattle expansion draft and some anchor contracts that could be on the move. Now, teams getting rid of these contracts may have to incentivize the Kraken a bit to take them, but I thought it'd be worth pointing out a couple high-priced players on cap-strapped teams that may be on the move, thus allowing their teams some flexibility. Cap numbers from Cap Friendly.

Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene

It seems likely the Preds protect Josi-Ellis-Ekholm-Fabbro. That means they can protect four forwards, and after Forsberg and Arvidsson, it seems unlikely they protect b