If Steen becomes a fourth-liner on this team, that means the Blues will more than enough talent to win a Stanley Cup.
I'm sure some owners have noted it. Gallant's coaching job has been tremendous. The league gave the Golden Knights access to good talent and the team ran with it. That is possible in the salary cap world. Talent is always available in the cap world . . . to teams that have cap room.
I was surprised Grant did as well as he did, given how his time here started. That said, he really was over the hill and it became evident that he wasn't any sort of permanent answer. As for Allen, he joins the club. Other than Mike Liut and perhaps CuJo when he was hot, this franchise hasn't had the sort of goaltending that was beyond criticism.
Since Kostin has struggled at the AHL level, I'd be surprised to see him play much in the NHL this season. He figures to come up when San Antonio is finished this year, but it would take a quantum leap in play to get him here this season.
I think Yeo has done a nice job under tough circumstances this season. Again, he is getting by with a bunch of placeholder forwards. That is not easy.
Pronger. Shutdown D-men are more valuable than pass-first centers, as great as Oates was.
Not a doctor, but a lot of NHL players fight the bug. That it is keeping him off the road trip is notable.
Fans have been complaining about Bouwmeester's salary since Day 1. But sure enough, the prevailing wage for Top 4 defensemen soared. There are plenty of worse D-men making more.
Schwartz comes off as serious to the media, but it's a different story within the group. Jaskin is quiet, but I don't know that he is serious.
The cap will go up to $80 million. The team needs to re-sign Edmundson to a nice raise. They will roll in some younger guys. Perhaps Stastny returns for less money, perhaps that money goes elsewhere. But, yes, a good scenario -- especially with a quantity of good players on entry-level deals.
Allen. Again, he has excelled at every level and won at this level. He was a top prospect coming out of junior hockey and he lived up to it. Could Husso become better some day? Perhaps. But has a ways to go.
Apparently the Flyers failed to scout to Blues last season. That is the only explanation for that trade.
Not many. That is an advantage Armstrong is not in a hurry to lose. Hence his caution to move Thomas, Kyrou or Kostin.
What hype? He was a late-round pick. He has a solid offensive game, decent shot, strong on the puck, good instincts. He could stick in the NHL someday. He is a good story, because most guys picked where he was never see the NHL. But I know that he is being oversold.
OK, that is all I have time for today. See you next time!