Radulov would not score less than 40 points in the NHL in a full season. That just won't happen even in our anemic offense. The guy is a two-way (this I'm not sure about but he did gather Selke votes in the NHL) stud who dominates his league and in international competition. When the NHL stars went over there during the lockout his production was right below Malkin and above guys like Datsyuk. It's not unreasonable to think he'd be a top 12-15 winger in the NHL near the level of someone like Panarin or Kucharov. Most russian fans put him above those guys anyway. I don't think he'd produce as well as Panarin beause not every team has a Kane to play with. The issue isn't this guys talent.. it's that he's a grade A ******. Typically that isn't our style.
50-58 points on a team like ours. 60-70 points on a top 10 team. And in today's unfortunate NHL that's big time first line status.
I hate Shaw, but I can't agree with this suspension because of the hypocrisy. Players say bad things to each other all the time that we can't hear or see on TV. I doubt what he said qualifies as the worst comment in NHL history. If he said it in a pile of players, there wouldn't be any suspension. Stupid suspension.
As soon as Chicago singed Toews and Kane to those ridicoulas deals, the writing was on the wall. Reminds me of when the Ravens signed Flacco to a 28 million deal and lost half their team to never be the same again. Not that Chicago has reached that low by any stretch, but I think their cup run is over.
While that may be true but did anyone realistically expect the Hawks bowing out in 5 games? The Blues are a fantastic team and are playing the brand of hockey I like but this outcome has to be surprising. If you think about it with the right calls in game 2 they would have swept! the champions already. To me that should be a big story and raise some questionmarks for the Hawks?
Not me, St. Louis has never shown to be a team built for the playoffs with their constant first round exits. Hopefully for them, this a the start of a team that can actually win in the playoffs.
Though, lets not put it past Chicago to win 3 in a row. Its not over until its over.