I believe the Blues will want to leave a two or three spots for six or seven candidates, with perhaps a low-cost veteran or two (hopefully better than Beau Bennett) in the mix for protection. But your point about Nylander and Marner are well taken. Both broke out last year, but both have struggled to sustain this season. Even elite prospects need multiple seasons to settle in. And this year Hischier and Keller cooled down after great rookie starts and Patrick only briefly showed well. So this team can't put too much too soon on the kids. Armstrong wants to leave long-term cap space to lock in guys, but also has to cover the near term as the team builds up the next few years.
Agreed, but when you're running out of D-men and you want experience on the ice for certain matchups, these things happen.
Fair enough. Of course, in today's NHL you want that third line to produce. Look at how the Penguins got mileage out of Kessel on the third line during stretches of their recent Cup runs. They can't roll lines these days and even they struggle as a result.
If Carl is really hurt -- and if the Blues aren't being coy about his available -- then there is time to get another guy here for the Saturday game.
The Blues won four games in a row until the simultaneous loss of Schwartz, Pietrangelo and the Bouwmeester derailed this week. Not sure what you are talking about.
He is getting there. Simple advice: Use your wheels and range to get a shooting lane and let it go. If a guy blocks it, shoot it again. And again. And again. Maybe you don't score goals, but eventually this will create opportunities.
Berglund is Berglund. Steady player, produces in spurts. Nice goal last nice, taking a pass on his backhand to break in on the right wing, shifting to his forehand, looking off to the left, then snapping a shot the goaltender caught in-between. Such goals always leave fans wanting more from him, but he is who he is at this point of his career, a solid supporting cast guy.
Few teams are so loaded that they could not use him. Carolina is deep. Nashville too. Anaheim when healthy still has a nice group. Otherwise . . .
Good call, Emergency D-man wanted to attend games. Keep skates shinguards in your trunk!
Wayne is the subject of some trade rumors, but Philly is on a roll now and Wayne seems like a guy Philly would want to keep -- especially after moving Schenn to clean some long-term cap space. Of course, in such a trade Philly would force the Blues to take back Lehtera.
This is a serious scoring rut right now. The Blues need to find ways to grab some points. But, no, the season is not over.
If you know somebody with a ton a cash and the burning need to put a big logo on a big downtown building, given Tom Stillman a call.
JT will get $11 million or $12 million per on his next deal and there is no space for that here. As for Steen, four years at $5.75 million . . . yes, that could become an obstacle going forward. He is a key piece of the team and his worth cannot by measured by his point total alone, but the loss of Schwartz underscores the need to get more from him offensively.
Skinner has another year with the same cap hit as Steen. That team is getting fresh capital and he is the only true goal scorer on the team. He has a no-movement clause and seems to like it there. So the reconfigured ownership should make him a priority.
People want to see more goals and more hits. They don't care as much about minutes logged and all the small plays that help this team win games. Parayko makes some hard stuff look easy. And, again, he is not flashy. Will he assert himself more as a shooter and get more physical as well? There is still time for that. Larry Robinson was on the ice with the Note today. Perhaps he can take Colton under his wing as Brodeur did with Allen.
Brenden? Hasn't played since 2015.
Schmaltz made a nice case for himself in the AHL. He didn't pout, he produced. Can he consistently win puck battles and hold up in his own zone at this level? That is the last step for him. We know he has puck skills and he is at least a NHL fill-in.
As noted earlier, he is outplaying many of big-name D-men in the league. To get to him on the "things to worry about" list for the Blues, you need to get to Page 3.
OK, give me your list of wingers readily available for trade.