Ramblings: Gunnarsson retires; Islanders force Game 7; Wahlstrom, Bertuzzi, and Landeskog – June 24

Michael Clifford

2021-06-24

Carl Gunnarsson has retired from the NHL after 12 seasons. He always seemed kind of underrated, but he generally brought really good defence to the middle of any blue line. He was a reliable part of many successful Blues teams, including the Cup winner in 2019. He retires at the age of 34 with over 600 games played and a Cup ring as a seventh-round pick. That is a pretty good career. Congratulations to him and all the best in the future.

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I have been thinking about the real upside of Cole Caufield and I'm not sure it's as high as we think. At least, not in Montreal it's not. I'll have more thoughts on this tomorrow but please know he's a phenomenal player who will likely be an all-star very soon. It doesn't mean he'll be a fantasy all-star, though.

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I might need to mention a quick mea culpa on Joel Edmundson. I still don't think the contract is very good, but his defensive play has been largely excellent the entire postseason. I would argue that, defensively speaking, he has been Montreal's best blue liner. He might not eat all the tough minutes that Weber and Chiarot do, but he always seems to know where to be when he's on the ice. That is a talent for a defenceman and he's showing it in spades. A great playoff run from him.

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Going into Wednesday night's game, and this might mean nothing, but the top-5 scorers from these playoffs are all from Tampa Bay. Not that it's surprising that a team that has gone deep has the top scorers, but it's wild there are no VGK/MTL/NYI players in there, especially with the Islanders being the third-highest scoring team in the postseason. It would be kind of funny to see the Bolts have all the top scorers in the playoffs but lose in the Final. Ok, maybe not funny, but it'll definitely be something.

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The New York Islanders forced Game 7 thanks to an overtime goal from Anthony Beauvillier early in the first extra frame. A giveaway from Blake Coleman gave Beauvillier a clean shot from the slot and it was over before half the audience got back from the fridge. They came back from 2-0 down to get to a d