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The timing was bad for Jake there. Right after the league decided that too many goals were being wiped out by interference, that play happened and the referees figured that had cover to let the goal stand. So going forward, contact alone doesn't ensure an interference call. Goaltenders will need contact and then an altercation in the crease.
Nobody knows, really. Like I said, when a goaltender feels contact, he must turn it into a physical struggle. Yelling, flailing arms, the whole bit.
Waivers not a factor with Thompson and Blais. They are with Sundqvist, but the Blues used the conditioning assignment exemption to send him down to the AHL With Schwartz back, Thornburn and Sundqvist tend to be the extras. Basically Thompson has the edge on Blais right now, so he plays in the NHL. But Sammy remains productive in the AHL and worth tracking. Might he become a trade chip? Perhaps, because Zach Sanford will add to the depth at some point this month and Doug Armstrong will have some options.
Obviously the power play has been an issue for Yeo. He shuffled players over his two units frantically game after game looking for chemistry. Perhaps things will finally settle with Dunn emerging as a viable quarterback and Schwartz back on the first unit.
He has the potential to be a Sobotka-like handyman, playing both center and the wing. The Blues have a lot of guys capable of playing center and lots of interchangeable parts up front. Barbashev;s ability to play across the front lines could keep him in the mix even as some other forwards emerge.
The Blues will either commit to him next year with a "one-way" contract or trade him. After this season he will need to clear waivers to shuttle between the AHL and NHL and I'm guessing somebody would claim him. He has a shot to be a solid third-pairing guy. He is not a ferocious battler, but he has the puck skills to play the current game.
Tavares has no-trade protection and he reaffirmed that he has no intention of asking for or accepted a trade. As for free agency, if he leaves he will get seven years and $90-million plus. If he stays, he could get eight years and more than $100 million.
Thomas is the better all-around player and more likely to stick in the NHL sooner. Kyrou has more offensive skill and a higher ceiling.
Again, you are talking $90 million plus. Edmundson will get a big deal after this season and Hutton could multiply his salary too. And it's not just the first year that would be a challenge if somebody signed for $12 million or $13 million per season, it is the impact on the long haul. Schenn will be due a new contract for much bigger money in 2020, then Schwartz and Pietrangelo will be due huge raises in 2021. Also, all those prospects on entry-level deals will be due huge increases after three seasons. Tavares is a better fit for a franchise bereft of talent, not one with multiple all-star candidates in their prime plus a strong contingent of young players.
Exactly. Bortuzzo brings the physical element to the third pairing. That is a good fit with Dunn. Gunnarsson is a reliable puck mover, but he doesn't add much offense. He has a team-friendly contract and I could see him becoming a trade chip.
Allen is signed to a team-friendly contract. So trading him because he had two bad games back-to-back seems ludicrous. Hutton is a career back-up having a nice run, which is great for him. That will keep him in the league past this season and earn him some nice coin.
Not a bad idea. It was fun having the Women's Frozen here a year ago. I enjoyed covering that out in St. Charles.
The Blues are in a tough fight just to make the playoffs. They need every point. If they manage to lock up a spot with a favorable seeding late in the year, then Yeo can rest guys. No such luxury now.
Long-term. Good young defensemen are no longer signing bridge deals in the NHL.
He will be a handy guy come playoff time, perhaps as the fourth center. He is beloved by teammates and he fill a role.
Odd to get a boarding call that far from the wall. But that WAS a dangerous play and I have no trouble with 5 minutes there. The Blues hope that call doesn't discourage Parayko from becoming more physical. It was fun to see him get into the fray last night during a goalmouth skirmish.
It's possible, but its like winning at roulette. I believe the Blues will assemble a strong contender during that period. They will have a chance. But this is not the NBA, where only 1 or 2 teams really has a chance come playoff time. Most playoffs teams have a chance most seasons.
I consistently back Allen as the starter here because he build a track record that says he is a starter, from junior hockey through the AHL to the NHL. Hutton is a great back-up, a great teammate and Grade A with the media, but he is 32 years old and he has played in 127 games at this level. He did not play major junior hockey. He played four years at a second-tier college program, then played for four minor league teams (one in the ECHL) before reaching the NHL. Heck of a story, but not the credentials that scream "long-term starter" for a Cup contender.
I can see Yeo shuffling him up there from time to time. I would be nice to get more than one power play in a game as well. He had a few good looks Thursday, but not nearly as many as you'd like to see.