PHR Live Chat: 01-21-21
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Gavin Lee
6:00
Hello and welcome to another chat!
Love that we're able to host these again.
Pour in some questions and we'll get started in just a few moments.
John
6:10
So the capitals got fined for players in the hotel room together? Are these the protocols?
Gavin Lee
6:11
Yes. Players are not allowed to gather in hotel rooms. On the road, there are designated group areas that they are allowed to gather that are big enough for physical distancing.
6:12
These were the things that the NHLPA negotiated for the return to play, not some new rule that was sprung upon the Capitals.
Since Samsonov tested positive, the other players that were in the hotel room became close contacts that also must go through the quarantine process.
John
6:12
Dubois doesn’t like torts? Or just doesn’t wanna be a CBJ?
Gavin Lee
6:13
Probably a little bit of column A, a little bit of column B, but his actual displeasure has been kept close to the vest.
Frankly, Dubois has been relatively professional throughout the process. The request for a change of scenery was made far before the news came out
6:14
He wouldn't be the first player that has clashed with Torts, and he wouldn't be the first player that didn't want to commit to Columbus
Robb
6:14
Why won't Cassidy give anyone more than one game with Bergy/Chand? Studnicka then Bjork then Debrusk with some Krejci mixed in.
Gavin Lee
6:15
Isn't seeing what he wants from any of them.
Pastrnak is back skating, you won't have to suffer forever.
Robb
6:15
Thoughts on maybe the Bruins should retool now? Krejci Rask Debrusk Kase Moore Kuraly all have some value.
Gavin Lee
6:15
That decision is still quite a bit down the road I imagine
6:16
There is a wisdom to trading pieces before the collapse, but remember this team was 1st in the NHL when the season was paused last year. Have to give them more runway than a few games.
Doughty
6:16
What is wrong with Drew he has more turnovers than a bakery
Gavin Lee
6:17
He is certainly not the player he once was. I still wonder if he needs a fresh look somehow. Either with some new excitement on the roster or with a new team altogether.
There is still a lot of good hockey left in Drew Doughty, but it's not showing.
John Mozeliak
6:18
I know it’s still a bit early, but who are your top 5 trade deadline candidates?
Gavin Lee
6:18
Alex Goligoski
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Jason Demers
Jordan Oesterle
Antti Raanta
I'm kidding, of course, but some of those will surely be there when the deadline approaches.
6:19
Bobby Ryan will draw a lot of looks, so will guys like Chris Tierney or Nick Paul in Ottawa
6:20
In terms of the best players available? Who knows at this point. The varying protocols and situations will make the deadline insane.
Doughty
6:20
He has a NMC I believe and a lot of money how could you ever trade him?
Gavin Lee
6:20
Well, you can't unless he wants to.
6:21
But if he's ever to regain the form he had, I think it might have to happen.
Not saying it will.
Bill
6:21
Where do you think Jack Roslovic ends up? Do you think Chevy will wait to trade him for the right return? Also do you think, there are lots of teams pursuing him? Even trading him to U.S. team factors in with self-isolating for 14 days. Thoughts?
Gavin Lee
6:21
I don't think a ton of teams are going hard at him right now, no.
6:22
Not only are there the quarantine issues, but remember this season also has basically no real practice time.
Everything is just systems tweaks between games
It's going to be hard to get real value
I'd be worried about a full season away if I were him.
Sharks fan
6:23
Should sharks fans be concerned about Erik Karlssons contract and his performance so far?
Gavin Lee
6:23
Certainly they should be concerned about a contract that big, but that would be the case even if he was playing at his previous Norris-level.
The thing is, he hasn't been the same since that ankle surgery and it's starting to look like he never will be again.
6:24
Even if he does look a bit improved this year, it's still an albatross of a contract if he can't get back
Dubois
6:24
Do you think the Kings would take a look at him? Would it cost Byfield?
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