This Mike Sullivan said Monday that he is "hopeful" that injured forward Carl Hagelin could return at some point for the second round series against the Washington Capitals. "He’s getting closer, he skated today [before practice]. He skated yesterday on his own. He’s making progress. We’re hopeful we’re going to get him soon. It’s one of those injuries that’s going to be a day-to-day thing. I can’t say for sure, but certainly we’re hopeful." That could be empty playoff gamesmanship, or it could be legitimate. One never knows this time of year. However, optimists can always point out to the initial 4-6 week diagnosis for Hagelin at the time of his injury, and it's now been 6 weeks. Now obviously
Heading into the offseason, much of the analysis and predicting surrounding the direction the Los Angeles Lakers might go with Magic Johnson at the helm has been some version of “they’re going to try to win now”. On some level, it’s hard to blame the front office for wanting to put Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak’s decisions behind them, like some kind of lion killing the cubs of a rival’s to ensure his pups have less competition. Before Magic took the job, Jeanie Buss asked him about what direction the Lakers should go in, regarding the personnel on the roster at that time. The answer is not all that surprising, and could explain why so many think the Lakers are in for quite a facelift in the coming months.
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey has never been one to shy away from giving his opinions.