Let's see what Philly fares with the draft picks they got, but the Flyers traded a legit scoring line center for dead money. Lehtera is dead weight for that team. To add talent under contract at fair dollars while subtracting dead money in the same move, that is like hitting the lottery for a GM in the salary cap era.
Schenn really adds grit, too, which is overlooked part of this deal. He hits people with leverage and he getting into the goaltender's grill. He can match up against elite players and win the battle. That is so much better than having to send a low-octane line onto the ice shift after shift to negate against opposing top lines. When teams do that, they are letting the other coach guide their team. Schenn's play allows Yeo to control his player deployment.
Correct. How about Bortuzzo turned loose as a fourth-line winger with Prosser in on defense? Robert would sign up for that. It's sad when your depth is such that you really don't want a guy hanging around just in case of an emergency. When a guy falls out of favor like Bennett did, the other forwards know there is no chance they are getting bumped from the lineup.
There is no long-term money for Kane here, so that's a rental deal. And I don't see this team acting like this is their final shot at contending for the Cup. Teams that see the window closing win the bidding on rental. The Blues see their window opening, not closing.
Sure, assuming the Knights don't extend him, that's the sort of guy you would want. This team does have some surplus among prospects, but, again, I don't them parting with one of the top guys (Thompson, Kostin,, Kyrou, Thomas, Walman) to get a rental. The potential is too great moving forward. Clearly this team needs a serious talent influx up front --three or four guys -- and it has to protect itself against Fabbri never being the same again.
He's such a great shooter that he should just keep shooting. Once in a while he overpasses, but his ice vision is pretty good and he does have to dish the puck when teams overplay toward him -- which happens a lot. These decisions are often made in a split second and there is so little room to maneuver out there.
They've got PP goals in their last two games. What were they, 2 for 5 in those games? Among the issues the lack of a legit second unit, which is a huge problem. They are a couple players short there. No among of Xs and Os can fix that.
I'll say under. I could see Prosser getting some conditioning stints in the minors, but sticking on the roster for a while until Armstrong can explore a defenseman-for-forward trade closer to the deadline. In the meantime, the Blues remain protected against injury.
Yes, I see the Blue dealing for a winger. Trouble is, many contenders are also looking for a winger and there is not much for sale right now. At some point he might be able to deal from the defensive surplus to get something done, assuming the current group stays healthy and Walman progresses in the minors.
Again, the best way to improve the power play would be to add more talent so the team has two good units. As we've seen the last couple of games, the top guys can cause havoc.
He could be Kyle Brodziak's replacement as the No. 4 center going forward. Those shot blocks were dramatic, but he does lot of good stuff on the defensive side. He is limited offensively, though, so I would be nice to see the team add a bit of scoring punch to the fourth line next season and beyond.
Well, still need to see a bit more. He's been top tier at every other level and this is his year to take that step at the NHL. He's very athletic, he's aggressive and he can handle the puck. He had that crisis in confidence last season, so this is his year to put all that behind him. As guys like Lundqvist and Luongo age as Allen matures, he will gain more standing.
He disappointed in the playoffs last year for sure, but I don't think the boys would mind having him back again. They could sure use him on the third line right now. But a lot of teams are sniffing that trail right now.
I caught the tail end of Ornest, when he finally decided to put the team up for sale and cash out. Harry was a character. And, yes, he was that cheap. Imagine flying Southwest Airlines, commercial, as a hockey team. The boys filled up the overhead compartments with their bags and ticked off the other customers. Some of the road hotels were really motels. There were a million Caron stories, but the most amazing sight was him screaming at the Blackhawks from the tiny Chicago Stadium press box, referencing player heritage, the previous occupation of a star player's wife and such. It's no wonder the Red Wings wanted a piece of him, literally, during a playoff series. Filter? What's that?
When those guys are playing strong two-way games, they will get another look. The Blues want them to provide an impact when they are here, not just fill a spot. When players just fill a spot, they can plateau. Perhaps Jaskin is an example of that. He seemed to settle at a level far below his talent ceiling.
Both guys are playing very well. They faced competition coming into camp and they came ready to go. Bouwmeester's injury reduced the competition, but those two haven't coasted. Now that Edmundson has picked up his place, the Blues are strong back there. They got back to normal in Edmonton after that breakdown in Calgary.
That isn't an issue of staleness there, it's a struggle to adapt to his demands. Lindy Ruff was a go-go offensive guy. Hitchcock demands a detailed and structured game. When he doesn't get it, he starts moving guys around. He splits up Seguin and Benn, he yanks Bishop from games, he sends young D-men back to the minors. Such is life under Hitch. Either the Stars will ultimately respond or this coaching stop will end far quicker than anybody anticipated.
This team has won a lot of games with him on defense. And it reached the Final Four for the first time in 15 years.So, yes, the Blues got good mileage from that move. More mileage than they got from Eric Brewer and Jay McKee back in the day.
In time, sure, let's get those guys to the NHL. But Blais needs to backcheck and Kostin needs to adapt to the North American game. Right now they belong in the AHL. Let's see how quickly they progress.
OK, but the goals counted. And like I've always said, they only have half of a power play. When the No. 1 unit doesn't click, there is no viable second unit to pick it up. That is huge. That takes so much pressure off penalty killers.