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Evan’s NHL Daily: Draisaitl Escapes, Fallout Of CapFriendly Purchase

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The odds of the folks over at NHL Player Safety suspending someone in the Stanley Cup Final are remarkably low. No one even seems to understand the standard on a day-to-day basis, but it would take an incredibly dirty hit for them to take a player out of the lineup with the Cup on the line. As it turns out, Leon Draisaitl’s hit on Sasha Barkov didn’t even get him so much as a fine, despite the Panthers not even knowing if they’ll have their top player on Thursday.

As far as I know, the Washington Capitals buying CapFriendly hasn’t been made 100% official, but it’s going to happen. When it does, a lot of NHL teams will be scrambling when the site goes dark, just like a lot of fans (and beat writers).

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The biggest games of the year aren’t always decided by the best players. In Game Two, Florida was saved by an old friend that the Avalanche let leave last summer, Evan Rodrigues.

On Wednesday, we’ll take a look back at the last 10 years of Colorado 1st rounders and how they fared. In addition, I spoke to the head scout from HockeyProspect.com on players that he would “pound the table for” at 24 if he was in charge of the Avalanche, and I’ll have that up as CHN+ content.

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Draisaitl Escapes

What were your initial thoughts when you saw the Leon Draisaitl hit on Alex Barkov? Because mine was, “wow, Draisaitl got some elevation!” In addition to getting off the ice a little bit, it appeared all the contact was right to Barkov’s head. Barkov never retuned to the game, and it sounds like he’s questionable for Game Three.

I’m not surprised that the NHL didn’t do anything, but I thought it might be a little different when you take into consideration who he hit. That shouldn’t matter, but Player Safety works in mysterious ways. And I still don’t understand those ways.

They did fine someone, though. Just not Draisaitl. Sam Carrick got a small fine for giving a shot to Dmitry’s Kulikov’s.

CapFriendly Fallout

On 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman went over the CapFriendly purchase by the Washington Capitals. He believes that the site will go dark around July 5, and some team told him if they had bought it, they would have shut it down immediately. The belief is that the Capitals want the infrastructure rather than having to build their own system, and they’ll likely bring a couple of folks from the site into the organization as well. The NHL won’t allow the site to continue after the sale, and the league really has no understanding on what fans want, either. They think fans don’t care about salaries, but we all know that’s not true, especially in the world of the salary cap.

One thing Friedman mentioned is that a lot of NHL teams might be scrambling once the site goes dark, because they don’t have an internal system of their own for something like this. He stressed he doesn’t know every team that has an internal system, but this is what he had to say.

“One of the things people are talking about here is what a huge blow, a disaster in particular, this is going to be for some teams if they don’t have their own setup,” Friedman said. “I don’t think this is necessarily everybody, but here are the teams I know of that have something, where they can say ‘Ok, we’ve got a backup plan here for when this goes offline’: Seattle. . . New Jersey, Carolina, I heard Chicago, Islanders. . . Toronto. . . Columbus, and Pittsburgh.”

Again, he doesn’t know every team that has an internal setup, but you’ll notice he didn’t mention the Avalanche. I find it hard to believe that they don’t have some sort of system set up, given how many smart people are in the organization, but what do I know? Either way, it’s interesting to hear that NHL teams might be just as screwed as fans by this purchase.

We still have PuckPedia, at least.

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