Ramblings: Dahlin next year; Ghost’s Performance; Hughes and Giordano; Tampa Lifts the Cup – July 8

Michael Clifford

2021-07-08

This usually isn't the spot for most trade rumours because most trade rumours are exactly that, just rumours. Sometimes, a respected writer with years of experience states something that they know to basically be fact, and we can't ignore it. We had heard some rumblings this offseason, but it appears that Vladimir Tarasenko has asked for a trade:

What he'll get and where he'll go, we'll see. Whoever gets him is getting an elite winger, though, assuming he's healthy.

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Game 5 went much the same way as Game 4, where Tampa Bay completely controlled the first period, followed by a big pushback from Montreal in the second period. However, unlike Game 4, Montreal did not finish the second period with a tie game. Rather, Ross Colton finished a nice feed from David Savard to give the Bolts their 1-0 lead. The Tampa blue liner had a wonderful playoffs and though he doesn't have the point totals for a Conn Smythe, he may have been their best defenceman.

Readers will notice I say had, because the Lightning held onto their lead for the rest of the game, winning 1-0 and lifting their second Stanley Cup in as many seasons. It has been a wonderful run for a franchise that spent most of the 2010s being elite but not able to get over the hump. This is truly one of the best franchise runs of the modern era and though they may lose a handful of guys in the offseason, most of this core is returning. They will have to rebuild the depth as guys like Coleman and Goodrow leave, plus whoever else in free agency and in necessary trades for cap purposes. But most of their top-6 and their entire top-4 are all signed for next year, plus Vasilevskiy. This is reminiscent of the Penguins teams of 5-6 years ago, where they just rebuilt their depth around their stars every year. With Tampa's drafting/developing ability, they should be able to swing it.

Oh, and Vasilevskiy took home the Conn Smythe. I thought it should have been Kucherov but this isn't the fight to pick.

I am a Habs fan so I will take a bit more time talking about the team tomorrow.

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