On an offside challenge, the cost of failure is a penalty. That separates it from other challenges.
I don't see a huge addition up front for the reasons already discussed. The issue right now is the third line. The other units are fine.
Typo. Three years, $15 million. I'll go fix that.
I like the look of it, with Tarasenko moving around, Pietrangelo willing to slide down, Schwartz as the fourth forward, Stastny down low and Schenn in the slot. The second unit should improve with Steen's return adding depth . . . assuming Parayko is not seriously injured. Faceoffs have been an issue too. Earlier this season I didn't like the cutesy 5-on-3 approach. SHOOT THE PUCK! You have the opponent outnumbered, so you will get some rebounds.
Yeo actually singled him out as a guy that needs to improve. And improve he must because at some point Bouwmeester will return and the staff could have lineup decisions to make if everybody is healthy at once.
Sobotka is a terrific third-line player and a good value at his salary price. I liked him in the playoffs a lot last season and he fits this team's scheme very well. So he is way down the list of guys likely to get traded.
He nudged him, he didn't drive him. The nudge made things a bit worse and I agree that goaltenders need protection, but defenseman can't skate full tilt into the goaltender's path and expect the officials bail them out.
Nate Prosser has been waiting to play, so I assume he and Dunn would be the third pair. Bortuzzo has been playing well (aside from his collision with Hutton). Gunnarsson has played his way into a bigger role, too. So those two would leaned upon.
Dunn is adding some needed offense to the mix and he keeps getting better. Assuming that trend continues while Bouwmeester heals, he will be hard to remove. But, again, Bortuzzo has played well. As has Gunnarsson. Those guys are the candidates to move in and out, assuming Edmundson picks up his play and everybody else is healthy.
No. He is a Chicago Wolf.
If hasn't reached out yet . . .
That would be welcome news for Yeo.
Oskar is very good defensively. He is a big guy, which you like at center, and he is strong in his zone.
They have been embracing analytics for a while. And you'll recall that the Blues looked Pietrangelo with other guys during the preseason, before Bouwmeester got hurt.
The guys in junior can only come back to the NHL during while their season is alive if there is an emergency shortage of players. Could Thomas or a Kyrou get a peak in the playoffs? Maybe, after their season's end. Kostin or Thompson could factor in the mix later this season.
Sure, they could use another proven Top 10 NHL forward. Every team could. That is not realistic. Schwartz is breaking out and Schenn is better than advertised, so there is some more front-line talent here than some experts realize. Steen could make a huge difference if he can get back to putting shots on goal. And, again, there are a half-dozen really strong prospects that could factor in as soon as next season. The trick will be filling the gap between now and then.
Paul wanted to be the show, like a pro wrestling heel.
He could be trade bait, but a small bite. How many teams see him as an impact player in the NHL right now?
Those players are not playing the Blues offensive/defensive systems in Chicago and San Antonio. Fortunately, three of the better prospects are back in juniors, so they aren't impacted. Next season they Blues will really enjoy having their own staff at San Antonio because there will be front-burner prospects there.