Thomas's decision could end up hurting the Bruins more than Drury's buyout, but retirement really isn't the issue with Thomas as mentioned above. There are other differences between Drury and Thomas as well. Unlike Drury, Thomas has an expiring NMC on July 1 and would have been easier to trade than Drury. And with the cap possibly going down next season, having $5 million of dead space may be more costly to the Bruins than Drury's cap hit has been to the Rangers.
Buying out Drury hasn't really had a negative impact on the Rangers. Sather still managed to sign Richards last summer and the team made it to the ECF this season. They also would have been able to fit Nash in at the deadline had Columbus not been so unreasonable. I can't remember anyone complaining about Drury's cap hit this year, and no one is concerned about his cap hit for next season considering all the fantasy team lineup projections posted on here. The only thing harmed in all this is Dolan's checkbook, which doesn't bother me in the least.
The Pens issue was not their goaltending, it was their defense. Adding a 2 million dollar back-up seems a bit excessive considering he didn't play all that well in Washington.
The pens had more than one issue. Their goaltending and defense were both brutal. And their forwards didn't commit to giving enough effort in their own zone or on the back check either. Total team failure.
Is Tarasenko really projected to be a more physical version of Ovechkin?
So just how good could Tarasenko be for the Blues? Well, consider the player his game is most often compared to right now is that of Alex Ovechkin (actually, a more physical version of Ovechkin), and it's easy to start feeling a bit...hyperbolic. Tarasenko is not going to come in next season and play at that kind of level. But he has those kind of skills. He has that kind of ability on the offensive side. For a team that was such a defensive powerhouse this past season, but often struggled to score enough to support that defense, the addition of a player with Tarasenko's abilities is beyond simply exciting.