I used to be guilty of that, back in the day. I've been mostly doing digital content for better part of two decade. That is hurry up and type, which is what most of our work has become.
I don't believe he has a conditioning issue. At times he likes to lurk and pounce, as Hull used to do, but the game has changed. It's all about tempo and pressure. Tarasenko has never been a speed guy, so he has to push himself to be a consistent difference maker. And, again, let us not forget that he is often asked to prop up other players.
I'll agree with you on Oshie/Brouwer. Although Brouwer helped drive a deeper playoff run here, you can argue they needed to get more for him. But they did OK with Shattenkirk -- and he helped them earn another playoff berth before exiting, so that made hanging on to him worth it. Armstrong wanted a high price for Kevin in the summer, didn't get it, then got some more mileage out of him. The Shattenkirk deal would look better if Sanford didn't get eradicated, but he could still be useful guy on an entry-level deal with some upside as well. And then the Schenn deal was so amazing that Armstrong is almost beyond criticism for the next few years.
Second injury was as bad as the first one. He should be ready to try again next training camp, but how that story ends is anybody's guess.
I can't come up with one. Nobody would be surprised if the Blues moved Bouwmeester, although Jay has no-trade protections that complicate that. Not saying the Carey Price talk is legit, but Armstrong hasn't been Mr. Patience with goaltenders and nobody would be shocked if Allen exited at some point. Tarasenko, Schenn, Schwartz, Pietrangelo, Parayko . . .I don't know that the untouchable list is all that big. Most of the other guys have been discussed here and elsewhere as trade prospects.
Kopitar got $80 million and is a great all-around player, but I believe Tavares would top that in the open market. And he could extort more from the desperate Islanders to stay. McDavid got $100 million over 8 years in Edmonton and felt like he left money on the table.
His drug ban was rescinded and he signed in the KHL. I haven't heard of any European vets tied to the Blues, but the Olympics could give some guys a nice stage. Since the Blues must subtract salary to add salary, I believe a trade is more likely.
I'm sure Doug sees it that way too! But he is ultimately responsible, so . . .
OK, so there's your opportunity cost. Schenn isn't great on faceoffs, but he has played very well at center otherwise. Tavares is the better player, but is that margin worth losing Schenn (and likely somebody else pretty good) to cover the salary? That is the sort of dilemma GMs ponder when committing to a gigantic contract. The Kings and Blackhawks signed some huge contracts and had to let other guys walk.
Probably the Cardinals. They don't have cap constraints and baseball playoffs are somewhat more predictable than hockey playoffs. The Blues could ice a juggernaut and get no where near the Cup while another team slips in, catches fires, gets some puck luck and squeezes through the bracket.
I would have spent a late-round pick just to dump Lehtera's contract, so getting Schenn and dumping Lehtera for two late first-rounders was gold.
Obviously the Blues saw upside there. At the 52nd overall pick, the hit rate isn't. They did well later in that draft with Walman, Husso and Blais. This team has improved its hit rate in the later rounds on Armstrong's watch.
You are dismissing Sanford on a pretty small sample size from last season. He made need more work in the AHL, yes, but at least he will give Yeo more options and increase the internal competition. As for the guy who would really fit here, how about Grabner if the Rangers bail.
That was always regarded as a Harry High School coaching move. Most guys on the bench have too much pride to do it. Plus they then force their top guys to pull out their legal sticks and put the good ones away.
Having filled in on the Cards chat once and a while, I agree. And the Rams chats from back in the day . . . yikes!
Although Walman hasn't had a big year for Chicago in the AHL, I would have to think that could get the Rangers attention. They lack organizational depth. Young D-men are always welcome.
True, but I still believe that having a lead guy is helpful. A team goes into the playoffs knowing that barring injury, this is the guy. If the goalies become a storyline, that can be distracting. It probably shouldn't be, but these guys are human.
Yeah, Jake needed to theatrically climb back over the offending Bruins while yelling at the refs. We will need more goals like that allowed, at least until the NHL changes its position again.