Stastny is the team's best faceoff guys and he does lots of dirty work. With Schenn emerging as a true No. 1 center and Thomas looming as a possible long-range No. 2, another three years of Paul at reasonable dollars could make sense. Not sure there will be much up for grabs at center.
Given the sheer volume of front-burner forward prospects the Blues have, moving up in the draft via a defenseman trade at the deadline shouldn't be a priority. Adding somebody capable of playing this year should be a priority. Come summer time if there is a chance to move somebody get back into the first round, sure, the Blues would be open to do that again.
Jagr seems happy there. I'm sure the Blues are bummed, because he'd have a few PP points for this team had he come. It's not like they found somebody else to fill that void.
I would assume so. There is still a void to fill. Not sure what's the holdup with that guy coming to the NHL. Maybe he is waiting for more injuries to occur and drive up his price.
I mean, sure, they could add somebody at a minimal wage now because Bennett is in Chicago and there is an open roster spot.
That will likely change from game to game as Yeo desperately seeks production. Heck, that would change shift to shift if Yeo were allowed to change his game roster between periods. That is how tenuous the standing of those players is right now.
No, I don't believe he did enough to earn that sort of award.
Hey, if the Blues had another agile, smooth-skating, 6-foot-5 defenseman with an enormous wingspan capable of playing 21 minutes per night in all game scenarios, matching up against top foes, then, sure, trade Parayko and promote that guy. But such a prospect does not exist.
The Winter Classic went very well for the STL. As for the beer, Labatt's.
Sure, a second year would be hard for the Blues. Then again, Zaripov could get a huge second year bump if he came over and excelled on a one-year deal. If he doesn't want to be on himself, so be it.
He was. But the Oilers tried to goon it up last night and I don't think it ended well for them. The Blues won going away.
Maybe it's because he makes the game look so easy when he plays. The dude covers so much ice. As one coach said in classic coachspeak, "Blues defensemen have long levers." I loved that, like these guys are robots.
Yeah, Parayko was a gift from the hockey gods. Classic story of a bird dog scout sniffing him out and sneaking around, acting like he wasn't tracking him.
He got lose the game before, but the Blues did nice work on him. Right off the bat he did a lap around the Blues in the offensive zone, but the Oilers didn't convert there and didn't sustain their skating game.
He's had trouble converting a lot of talent into results. He has two great offensive line and impressive parts on D. He's getting better goaltending now. So, yes, this is his make-or-break year.
They certainly have. Now the goaltender injuries are hurting them some, but they are STILL dangerous. Heck of a job by all involved. Great for David Perron, he is going to get another decent contract out of this. He is racking up the points.
The Blues have lots of great prospects to offer Buffalo. But Kane carries a $5.25 million cap hit, so that's a problem. He's a rental player heading to free agency, so that's a problem. And, again, Armstrong views team building as a multi-year ramp-up. This is Year 2 of a three- or four-year process since the end of the Backes Era. So I do believe he make trades within that context.
The Blues need help on the third line, so there he should play.
Yeah, but when you consider the terrible price paid by warriors like Bob Probert and Todd Ewen it's just not worth it. We glorified it back then because it was awesome entertainment. We are just starting to learn the consequences.
Dustin Byfuglien would agree. Kane has had some growing up to do, but he is a rare talent. He can flat out score and he is a rugged man as well. There would be a way to make that deal -- trade away Bouwmeester for cap space, spend prospects for Kane -- but I don't see the Blues going there. Armstrong isn't afraid of big moves, but this doesn't feel like one of them.