Yeah, when healthy. But he has more value to a team that is getting nothing from its third line at the offensive end.
Fabbri, Kyrou. Kostin and Thompson will all be options for next season and beyond.
I'm fine with that group. Not the same as it was with Reaves, but getting Upshall back was huge and Brodziak is solid. At times Yeo will lean on that group as more of a third line.
Gunnarsson has another year at $2.9 million, which is not huge. But the Blues have lots of young D-men and every penny counts, so at some point he could be bumped by an entry-level player.
There is some talk about lowering the AHL age. Teenagers are more physically prepared to play against men than ever before. Look how many kids are stepping right into the NHL and playing well. Today's training is so much more sophisticated and the top prospects are working pro-caliber programs in the summer.
Yeah, the Wings could be mediocre for a long time. They have a few interesting prospects up front -- Mantha in particular -- but they are pretty woeful on the blue line.
He should be, yes. Is anybody in the West playing better overall hockey on the wing?
I could see him making a rental move from a team surplus, but, no, I don't see him trading one of his very top 10-year assets to rent a middling veteran for the playoff push. The challenge in St. Louis is to be good every year to sell tickets every year.
There is a good vibe with this team, yes. But it's easier to get along when you win almost every game. That helps too.
Maybe a little better, but I still don't see the necessary desperation there. He isn't good enough to glide.
Obviously the Blues need more from their other forward lines. That was been a hot topic all season. That is why the team has already auditioned a bunch of forwards and that is why Armstrong is open to adding another candidate or two.
They have a lot of kids learning on the job. Their core is still great, but it's gotten smaller. They lack the critical mass of veterans to win consistently.
As Yeo said, the bone is healing. But it's the location of the fracture that has made the recovery longer.
The second year gets tricky because you want to take care of Edmundson and you have to either re-up or replace Stastny at center. If I'm Zaripov, I take the one year and try to prove I'm worth bigger coin. Right now he lacks the leverage to get paid much more than $1 million.
Much of it. Also, it's expansion team. There is a reason why those guys were all expendable.
Later on that team will get healthier on the blue line. They got a couple guys back, then lost Fowler. Manson stepped up nicely for them. The bigger issue is at center, with Getzlaf and Kesler out for long terms.
Actually, the injury could save his legs 20-plus games. At his age, he could be have more in the tank in April and May as a result. That assumes he finally makes a full recovery from the fracture.
Toronto would like Sobotka, but the other assets would hold little allure to the Leafs. Don't forget the Blues spent their next first-round pick for Schenn (assuming it won't be a top 10 pick) and Toronto would want a No. 1 to rent JVR plus, say, Walman.
If you can find a heavily discounted ticket at Scottrade, grab it. A lot less of that going on. This team needed to drive up revenue and it is succeeding.
Jaskin. He had a chance to earn a Top 9 or even a Top 6 role this year and he hasn't. He flashes signs of turning the corner, but he's not there yet. At some point the chances will quit coming.
I think 15 to 20 goals is possible, IF the team had a better second PP unit. As it is he is playing with two skilled guys at even strength and it's fair to expect some goals.