Now we know what happened!
Player usage is a problem. The Blues have had had guys sitting and watching this year. Not ideal. And some guys, when they do play, don't get the sort of looks the Blues staff would give them if it controlled the team.
I love Max. Guy scored 30-plus year after year after .The question is, if you get him, do you re-sign him? And if you do, are you risking an ugly regression as he gets deep into his 30s? And at this point, moving Thompson so early in his development could be regrettable. 6-foot-5 guys with a nice shot are not common .
If they let Stastny walk, they better use his $7 million salary slot to get another legit Top 6 center somehow. Barbashev is a borderline AHL/NHL guy right now and Thomas shouldn't be thrown in such a big role so soon. Give him a little time.
If Thomas starred in camp, he could open as a No. 3 center and log PP and PK time too. There would be plenty for him to do if he proved he was ready to go.
Vanek is a productive rental. Canucks are rebuilding, so they might take a run at a guy like Jaskin. With his strength, he can stick in the NHL. It's fair to wonder if he will ever be a 15- to 20-goal scorer.
Orr was a freak at the time he played, for a D-man. But I'll got with Pavel Bure in his prime. Guy was shot out of a cannon. McDavid makes the list because he accelerates so effortlessly. He is gliding along and then, boom.
Matthews is a stud, a different category altogether. Dude played in Europe with men before coming into the NHL. Keller started fast, then died. He scored nine goals in his first 13 games, then six goals in his next 37 games. DeBrincat is playing less than 15 minutes per game for Chicago. As I noted with Thomas, a high end could be No. 3 center with PP and PK work. That would still be a big role.
Trading Kyrou. His ceiling is higher than Fabbri's ceiling. Different type of player, but the ceiling is so high this team needs to see if plays out. Andy sense the Blues will be looking for short-term help before the deadline, trading Kyrou for that will be insane.
Tie for first, as La Russa would say. The NHL has ordered the refs to back off the interference calls and Goodell wants the catch thing fixed once and for all. At least the NFL was consistent for a while, erasing every catch where there wasn't total control to the ground and then on the ground.
Not a good look indeed. That speaks to his frustration. He can't put that ahead of the team.
I'd say so, given his moderate salary by current NHL standards. Even a bad Tarasenko season looks pretty good compared to what the Bobby Ryans of the league are doing. (No. 91's $7.5 million cap hit is a steal, just $250,000 more than Ryan and slightly less than the Ghost of Zach Parise.)
JayBouw has played better with Parayko, so we may see more of Gunnarsson playing with Pietrangelo 5-on-5. It will be interesting to see if Carl can handle bigger minutes.
Of course you mean Max Domi. It will be interesting to see what direction Arizona goes in goal. Re-upping Raanta would make sense, since he is playing at a high level.
An easy deal would be getting Grabner from the Rangers. Not sure if that price will come down into Armstrong's range.
It will be interesting again. Right now prices are high. But the Rangers going full rebuild, that does put real talent into play. Did not see that one coming. This could be fun.
Vrbata has flourished in the right scenario . . . and been useless in others. Not sure about that one, since Radim is at the very end of his career.
Haven't heard of any unusual issues with Robby's latest rehab. Way too soon to draw any conclusions. If he comes back, gets back to full speed and plays 20 or 30 games without incident, then perhaps concerns will start to fade.
I assume Hutton will get the Penguins and Predators games. Can he keep this ride going? With two exceptions, he has been in shutdown mode. Great test ahead.
Let's see if Fabbri gets back to full speed. If he is there at the end of camp, then I assume he is a top 6 winger with PP duty. Why not? Either the knee holds up or it won't. I don't see him as a fourth-liner getting 10 minutes per game. Either he can play or he can't.
He has played 51 games this year. If he's healthy, he'll remain in lineup.
Remaining strong at center and adding additional scoring, one way or another, will be offseason goals. As for Reaves, I imagine the Penguins will keep him after paying a significant price to get him.
Sorry we had some glitches today. Glad I was able to answer as many of the questions as I did. Thanks for sticking it out. See you next time. Have a nice weekend!