Third-line center. He will settle in nicely behind Schenn and Stastny.
That was an ownership deal. Gilmour went on to an amazing career, but that was an ugly scenario at the time and Ron Caron had to ditch him. What a terrible trade that was.
Jaden has a very small work sample in the dot, so that is hardly a glaring statistic. If the coaches felt Schwartz was a superior faceoff guy, he would take more draws. Schenn does need to get better -- but don't forget that post face-off puck control is also a team stat. Teams can lose a faceoff and end up controlling the puck and vice-versa.
Teams don't mind biding their time along the walls in the offensive zone because possession time keeps the other team expending energy in their end. In this way the Prokorov/Karamnov/Korolev invastion was ahead of its time. Korolev, in particular, could kill time in the offensive zone. Drove Bob Berry nuts, but he would be a hero in today's possession game.
In the early 2000s Turgeon, Demitra and Tkachuk were all-star forwards, but Tarasenko is unique. He is a pure goal scorer, like Hull was. Tkachuk kept producing that decade, but Kariya did not pan out as the game-breaker the franchise was hoping for coming out of the Laurie Selloff. He never came close to causing buzz and he hid from the public.
Armstrong will always explore all options. I imagine he is more concerned about his team than making a rival pay a bit more for a player.
At some point that could happen, if everybody stays healthy and the Blues believe that Schmaltz or Walman could step up and Prosser could fill in.
Better spent on what? Not a lot of free agents sitting out there, waiting to help. Adding a free agent without spending an assets now would have huge benefits.
He's been among the Top 10 for a while. Not is easily Top 5, maybe No. 1 this year.
They are due for a downturn at some point, but they are also due to get Berglund and Bouwmeester back at some point and graduations later in the season are still possible. Given the head start they have on most of their peers, they appear headed toward one of the higher Western Conference seeds. Good chemistry, excellent defense and confident goaltending.
Imperfect for sure. What's the point of reviewing goaltender interference when nobody seems to know what it is? I love making sure that a goal did or did not go over the line, but otherwise the benefits are dubious.
He's fine. That No. 1 line is on fire. The coaches want 91 to keep pumping shots because that opens things up. But he is unselfish and he is working harder than ever on the forecheck, turning pucks over. He is having fun and that is bad news for opponents.
To me, he is a $15 million over three years guy at that age. If he stays for that, it would buy Robert Thomas time to develop. I wouldn't go beyond that in years or term.
He is not going to have the offensive impact Reaves had on the fourth line. That said, he is a great fit on the team. Good chemistry guy and he skates better than you think for a player with his mileage.
It's players on the NHL roster. There have been instances where teams have had to go without spaces due to a tight cap. This is good veterans on minimum money (Upshall) and good kids on entry level deals (Dunn) are so important.
He's fine, especially on a two-way line. He had some production early with first PP unit work, but that second unit won't get much done. Stastny wins draws and matches up well against top forwards.
As he gets deeper into that contract, perhaps. He can still play 20-plus minutes in tough situations. But he has protections in his contract, so he will have a say on that. A lower-priced guy like Gunnarsson will draw attention.
I'll go back and get that fixed!
Sanford should make it back this year, but he was going to be a bubble guy. I imagine he will need some AHL time to scrape off rust. Perhaps he will add something down the stretch into the playoffs.
Good point. When there is a big draw, Stastny is the one guy Yeo can rely on. Can't underestimate that value.