The Penguins are arguably the league's biggest disappointment, so perhaps added toughness wasn't as important as the secondary scoring that team lost. Like the Blues, they don't get much from lines 3 and 4. As for Kostin, he was playing in the NHL at the age of 18. Let's see what he does in the World Juniors, the rest of the AHL season and his next training camp before trying to project his ETA. Right now he's not close.
We all know how explosive the Oilers are with McDavid on the ice. The trouble started when he ends up with a 2-on-1 with Dunn as the only Blue back. Uh oh!
The Stillman group has its hands full. Minor league teams can be a big money loser, so he didn't want to travel the same path Checketts did.
Montreal would win. Great city. Half of it is under construction, but it is still amazing. And the Habs history makes games there special.
Ken did dabble in politics as well as the pizza business after the Blues. And like I said, he did get some work with the Mariners. But that is not the traditional career arc.
Right off the bat last night, he made a pinpoint centering pass to Schenn for a Grade A scoring chance. Had that gone in, who knows, maybe those guys get on a roll. Tarasenko gets frustrated when he does score and now the whole team has gotten frustration. This team needs a blowout win. Maybe the Canucks will roll over for them.
If the Forbes franchise assessment can be trusted, the picture does look better. The Blues spend to the cap and apparently they no longer lose millions every year. But the biggest gain for the Stillman group is the franchise appreciation realized from the inflated prices paid for the Golden Knights expansion team and the Hurricanes. All NHL benefited from that.
Schwartz has been the team MVP, but Tarasenko is still the top pure goal scorer. Take him off this team and watch other guys lose their space to work. The man is a focal point of every game plan.
True enough. He has a laser. That shot will make him a lot of money in the league, especially with that wingspan that helps him get shooting lanes.
This team is building a really good nucleus. The last step for these guys will be winning more playoff rounds. But even Cup-proven trio of Toews, Kane and Duncan Keith can struggle when the supporting cast fails.
Again, not on the renovations beat. But finding another way to make money would be a good idea. See "Village, Ballpark."
Upside, Kyrou. His offensive potential is crazy.
Most likely to make an impact, Thomas -- committed to success at both ends.
That is, Thomas has the greater percentage of reaching his potential. His makeup is excellent. Kyrou showing leadership too, but he needs to develop the other half of his game.
But . . . half the teams in the league are looking for help up front. So don't look to Armstrong to fix this. A whole bunch of guys are getting what could be their last chance to have meaningful NHL careers. Either they find a way to make that happen or they don't.
Not a chess handicapper. I can barely play checkers.
Haven't been to a lot of these buildings lately, but the traditional Little Caesar's in Motown always hit the spot.
Allen has a .920 save percentage this month with a 2.26 goals-against average. In his last six losses the Blues scored a total of six goals.
OK, I have some holiday errands to run. See you guys next week. Be safe this weekend and enjoy the festivities.