I'm sure there are hard feelings. But Hitch is a grown up. He knows the drill. When he steps back and looks at it, he realizes Armstrong went out on a limb to bring him back. These two could well work together again in some international capacity.
Kane is strictly a rental. The Sabres will want a first-round pick (which the Blues lack for next year), a top prospect and another asset for him. So the Blues may not qualify. And that is sort of deal a team makes if it believe its competitive window is closing.
The Blues have Schenn. Stastny, Berglund and Brodziak down the middle with Sundqvist as the No. 5. So who does he displace? Oskar has done more at the AHL level and he had done solid work here defensively.
Articles? Probably 12 to 15.
The Blues got some guys in trades late in their careers that didn't fit, like Dan Quinn and Mike Bullard back in the day. I'm not sure Petr Nedved was a terrible guy, but he was another classic bad fit.
Yes, I believes is now a waivers guy. Not sure there is huge demand out there for him, but his size and willingness to throw his body into the fray gives him some value.
She seems to really like the fan engagement. Seems to be an upbeat and energetic person. That's a tough job. Same thing for Todd Thomas. Heck of a basketball player -- lots of energy in the court too, if you're curious -- but it must be tough to fire up for every one of those emcee gigs. Just working up one sustained friendly smile is a lot for me some days . . .
No, he's the best D-man on the Blues and one of the top all-round D-men in the league. His scoring has stalled with the shift in PP duty and points will factor into this race. Karlsson and Burns are both having down years, so he and Doughty have real shots this season.
That was an interesting move, throwing the assistant job to the Wolves, literally. But those are two guys with tons of NHL experience and I like the personality mix of the staff. Steve Ott is a good player liason, too, because he was in the group not so long ago.
Those are two guys that will feel love from all-around the league. It be interesting to see if Schenn gets an All-Star sniff.
Ott is new to coaching, so he will assist in many areas while making the transition. He worked under a lot of coaches in a lot of systems, both at even strength and on the PP and PK. So his input has value.
In baseball news, Shohei Ohtani to the Angels. Now there are two guys overshadowing Albert Pujols.
Success on the PP? 1) Win faceoffs. 2) Consistently succeed on zone entries and set-up. 3) Move with and without the puck. 4) Make quick, accurate passes. 5) Fire quick shots. 6) Create havoc at the net! None of this is a secret. A head coach must find the best player combinations from what he has to work with and tinker from time to time if things get stale. As for Xs and Os, there are some set plays to gain entry and off the set up, but a lot of goals comes on broken plays too. Mike Keenan didn't believe in PP practice because he believed it led to predictable puck movement. He stress improvisation and winning the puck battles. And there is some truth in that.
He hasn't enjoyed watching the Blackhawks lose key players in their prime and rely on kids and past-their-prime alumni. That team is edging closer to a complete overhaul and Coach Q and find a better place to work.
The Red Wings are suffered a reality check. That is a team the Blues should be able to pin in and exploit. The same effort they had at Minnesota and for much of the game at Montreal should produce, say, a 4-2 victory.
Yes. Older guys have been squeezed by the cap. Teams automatically pay the Edmundsons of the league these days, but post-prime guys like Stastny have been a tougher sell.
Funny, isn't it, how the Wolves got bad at the Blues for not giving them enough talent. They go with Vegas and have a terrible team. Meanwhile San Antonio is pretty good. At least Ivan and Jake get to play in the AHL's best city. So there's that.
The Blues would never make that deal. Stastny does a lot for this team. He's the guy Yeo wants for the big draws. Paul does lots of dirty work. And his offense has picked up, too.
Acquiring Schenn filled the team's big hole at No. 1 center. It's impossible to project other needs until we see what becomes of all these young guys, including Fabbri. I do believe the Blues will be far more inclined to make rental deals in another year or two as they assemble peak talent. As Doug Armstrong notes, NHL teams tend to build up to a peak, take their run, then retool due to the cap. The Blues are in Year 2 of the ramp up. If everybody pans out, they will have no real weakness. But then again, how often does everybody pan out?
Obviously he likely to be "make good" mode. He will likely have to sign a one-year deal, prove himself and then try to cash in. If he gets multiple seasons, it will be at an injury discount. I'm guessing both sides would rather go one year and sees what happens. If Fabbri comes back and scores 55 to 60 points, he will get paid big time. And if his knee goes again, he will have to settle for minimal money plus endurance bonuses. The gap between those outcomes is enormous.
Zach has a rangy build, which is good, and he has some offensive upside. But Maroon is rugged and Sanford is not .I could Maroon as a grit guys scoring goals here and there and chipping in the same PP role Jaskin is filling (for now). But other than his hometown ties, he is just like a lot of other potential depth additions that could emerge as teams fall from the race.