Game one of the Stanley Cup Final goes tonight, and it has the potential to be maybe the best matchup we have seen in at least the last 20 years. Regardless of your rooting interest, sit back and try to enjoy this one.
On a related note, it appears that Brayden Point may be good to go for the first time since round one, while the Avs also get some reinforcements in the form of Darcy Kuemper. Getting Point back for the Lightning is huge, whereas the difference between Kuemper and Pavel Francouz has been minimal through the playoffs. That having been said, both teams have the skill and depth that regardless of the injuries, there won't be an easy period of hockey to be had in the final.
The Vegas Golden Knights wasted no time getting one of the big names on the coaching market, locking up Bruce Cassidy for their vacant spot. Michael Clifford covered the fantasy take here, and he touched on all the main points that I would have covered as well. I did notice that there wasn't really much to say on the defencemen though, so I did a little digging there.
Cassidy really leaned on his top guys, which will still fly well in Vegas with Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Theodore, and others. However, he also rarely played two defencemen on the top power play unit, and he often leaves that top unit out for most of the available time with the man advantage. The likelihood is that this might boost Theodore's value as the top guy, but it's also possible that Pietrangelo gets the top gig, so it's definitely something to keep an eye on in training camp, and jumping on the top PPQB a little earlier in your fall drafts.
Sticking with the coaching carousel, I'll have some quick thoughts on each of the vacancies. It does seem likely that Barry Trotz will return home to coach the Jets, while it is rumoured that John Tortorella may be the front-runner for the Flyers. Both would help out shaky team defences from the past year, which would be a boon to all goalies involved. With Steve Yzerman at the helm, I think we can expect the Red Wings to find someone that isn't one of the recycled options, which hopefully is a boost for the skill that the team is grooming.
Whoever the Bruins bring in (or promote) is going to be com