Yeo started the same group in Ottawa because he loved what he saw in Toronto. As to why Upshall didn't play coming out of the bye week, it didn't appear health-related. He looked fine in practice before the team left for Canada.
Evander Kane is the most obvious guy to move. Buffalo has no shown no interest in giving him a new deal and it appears he is wearing out of his welcome. He is off the top power-play unit, so the team is looking to move on. It wants at least a No. 1 pick plus a good prospect for him. Blue Jackets D-man Jack Johnson has asked for a trade it'd hard to imagine Columbus moving him for a forward. The Canucks will fade from the playoffs, so trading rental Thomas Vanek would make sense. Those are some of the more obvious guys. As for the Blues, I still don't see this team doing much. Schwartz is almost back, Sanford is getting closer and both Barbashev and Thompson are filling voids right now.
The Blues would love to add a guy like Hoffman. It's meeting the standard trade price (first-round pick, prospect) that would be tough. As we get closer to the trade deadline the cap stuff gets somewhat more manageable, but the Blues would have to move salary to add a forward.
Carter Hutton is 32 years old and has never been a No. 1 goaltender in the NHL. The most games he has ever started in a single NHL season is 34. If a goaltender has the makeup to be a true No. 1, we usually find out before he turns 32. That said, he is valuable in his role and all those fans trying to push him out the door earlier this season for Ville Husso were being silly.
The Blues ought to have a bit more gas in the tank than some other teams with some less hectic scheduling. That, plus what they are getting from some younger forwards and what they could get from returning players.
Well, then Armstrong will have to fire the whole staff because everybody has some input on it.
He skated while the team was away. Once he joins the team in practice, he will be close. I'd keep him out until after the All-Star break to be safe, but the Blues are desperate for every point. If he gets ready next week I imagine we'll see him.
I wouldn't go that far. He got the not the Toronto because the Blues figured the Leafs could be a bit feisty and sure enough he had to answer the call. As for the Ottawa game, the Senators are terrible and the Blues took advantage.
I see Stastny as guy that could fit going forward, at less money. So, no, I don't see the Blues moving him as a rental even though the Blues don't see this as their peak year for a Cup run. The Blues ARE further along that contention trail, so that is a factor as well in keep Stastny.
Yeah, the Blues got good mileage from that trade. Roman slowed down as the NHL sped up. I'm surprised Roman got one more year in Toronto, finally signing after hanging around on a tryout basis.
Obviously Sundqvist never plays, so waivers or no waivers there is not a lot of motivation to keep him. If Barbashev and Thompson keep playing well, there won't be much for Paajarvi either.
Different makeup with those two, but, yes, goaltenders can be an unpredictable bunch. How many guys in the league are rock solid year after year after year?
Look at Craig Anderson in Ottawa or Martin Jones in San Jose this year. Scott Darling in Carolina. Matt Murray, dealing with his father's illness and passing in Pittsburgh. Many guys expected to fare well this season blew up.
Derek Roy ladies and gentlemen! Still going!
When the Blues win back-to-back road games with the same lineup, they can keep the group together for a while. But, yes, Upshall's work on the PK makes him valuable. And it wasn't that long ago that Scottie was playing up in the lineup with the skilled guys.
Ivan could play higher if he can stick with Tarasenko. But, yes, the third line is a more realistic landing spot for him.
Let's see how soon he actually joins his teammates in practice. Then he can start getting his timing back.
It's not like there are 14,000 plays to run on a power play. As far as Xs and Os, the toughest part is probably designing/executing the zone entry. The coaches have tried everybody everywhere on the ice, so it's not like there are lots of unread chapters there. As I saw every where, it comes down to quick player movement and quick puck movement . . . and the Blues have neither. Guys aren't decisive and quick with the puck. You saw that again on the 5 on 3, station to station passing, nobody wanting to assert themselves. The one dangerous shot off a post came from Tarasenko from a bad angle. They need some goals like the 6-on-5 goal at Toronto, Nice keep in at the right point by Tarasenko, Pietrangelo gets his shot through, Steen has the perfect screen and Steen bangs home the rebound.
At some point, sure, Kostin could fill in ala Blais this season. His skating has a ways to go and that could keep him in the AHL for the bulk of next season.
Carl has been very solid. But Dunn adds "plus" offense and that makes a huge difference when the Blues are trying to come back in a game. He has the confidence to jump in and the skill to make a difference at this level. Big piece of the future right there.