Stastny, Brodziak, Paajarvi and Upshall are unrestricted free agents and Edmundson, Sundqvist and Jaskin are restricted free agents.
Sure. Not sure why Ottawa does that -- or whether Jay would accept that trade.
There isn't much of a trade market to pursue aggressively. But, again, there are a number of guys I would not trade for short-term help.
He is having a strong season on the ice and he meshes well with the newly configured coaching staff. That is reflected in the team's success despite obvious limitations.
Fabbri could play hockey again and would be on the second line. And Steen and Berglund would not be fourth-liners. I could Sanford earning work in there as well -- and if the Blues don't re-sign Stastny, then the money would go to another forward.
He has not risen to try Top 10 status in the league. He is close, but he is not quite there. This is his "prove it" year and he did slip some back in November.
Before he got hurt, I wrote that he ranked among the league's best all-around forwards. So I am not surprised the team suffered in his absence.
Hutton is a couple of hit posts away from having a rough week himself. He gave the team a timely lift, but he's been a pro since 2009 and he's never profiled as a starter. As for Allen, he has outplayed guys like Carey Price, Cam Talbot and Matt Murray this season -- three guys many experts would have ranked ahead of him back in the fall. Like I said, he hasn't quite cracked the top 10, but please don't pretend he is a bottom 10 starter.
If somebody would offer value for Fabbri after two knee operations, the Blues should jump on that. Let another assume the risk. I think he has shot at coming back and being a good player next season, but there is no guarantee. If somebody offers a good Top 9 forward with remaining contract term, take it!
Dramatically so. Independently analysts didn't rave about Rattie and Schmaltz like they do these guys.
Pump the brakes on that. Tarasenko and Schwartz are elite NHL players. The Blues would be thrilled to get Oshie/Perron out of those two prospects. Anything more than that would be great.
If you consider prospects to be guys under contract but with no NHL time yet, then Thomas and Kyrou might make it.
Top 6? That looks like a reach. His ceiling might be Sobotka, which would be fine.
But the Blues have Pietrangelo, Parayko and Edmundson to build around for the long term and then the Dunn/Walman/Schmaltz pile.
He is a classic Top 6 winger, a good player that adds offense but doesn't drive the play. He's having a rough year, but the whole team is struggling.
Since we're looking at 2020, I don't know why there would be a lot of news.
When some writes that check.