Considering that Tavares would likely command $13 million or so in free agency, no, I don't see that as a great fit. Armstrong wants to keep as much young talent as possible because young talent would allow him to max out his talent under the cap with Tarasenko, Schenn, Pietrangelo, Schwartz, Parayko, Steen, et al, plus some potential additions.
Not sure who that goaltender would be, however. That is one commodity that is extremely difficult to acquire via a trade. The Blues should know, having tried again and again and again . . .
Puck possession offensive team. Rangy on defense. Good at clogging passing and shooting lanes in the defensive zone, but not very aggressive. Pretty good penalty killing team, not great on the power play. Sturdy team defensive structure overall, but it lack of scoring depth leaves a small margin for error.
Well, Tavares is nowhere near the best player at his position. Nice player, sure, but he is no Crosby or McDavid. Is he better than Stamkos or Malkin? How about a younger guy, like Mathews? You would struggle to make that case. Tavares has scored more than 70 points just three times in his career. Sure, the Blues could use him, but it's not like he has vastly more star power than Tarasenko.
No bag skate. In fact, they had the next day off. Effort was there. Like I said before, Nashville is just the better team. You would like to get the two points after taking a 3-0 lead, but it's like they spit up that margin against the Oilers or Canucks.
The Blues remain an upper tier team in the NHL, so I don't get this whole soft thing. This is a speed game now. It's about pressuring the puck. Clean body checks often result in penalties and fighting is almost non-existent. Within that context, the Blues are difficult to play against most nights. Lately the only teams they have lost points to are other good NHL teams.
I'd like to see him play regularly for a couple of weeks to see if he can settle in, as he did last year. This season he slipped some in November when the team was playing pretty well. Then he played pretty well in December when the team stopped scoring. He lost his job with two bad games back-to-back, giving Hutton his chance to go on a run. So now it's time to see what he has. His excellent games in Boston and Winnipeg suggest that it's possible.
The Kings are using him on their second pairing, joining Martinez while Muzzin and Doughty log the top pairing minutes. Folks who saw Dion play nightly swear that he can't turn and recover any more. They say he can't survive in today's speed game. LA has strong defensive structure, so let's see that covers some of his lost range. But he is a tough guy with some puck skill and Gaborik had certainly run his course there.
Now that Hoffman is making Duchene look a whole lot better in Ottawa, that price will be high. Ditto for Nash. I'm thinking somebody more in the Vanek price range is likely, middling prospect and middling pick.
This team needs a elite goaltender to win the Cup, or at least one that catches fire for a couple of months. And this team needs to upgrade its skill and depth up front. Internal solutions seem plentiful on that front for next season and beyond.
Didn't see a trip there at all. Maybe a slight hold, but come on. Sometimes the officials ride with the momentum and the crowd. That seemed like an example of that. As we always say, "That's why you play home games."
True, but again, do you want to go into a shell and send that message? Once a team senses you are playing not to lose, that gives it added life.
Ah, but that might change next year. Obviously Upshall only got another shot because of injuries. Brodziak has done a great job, again, but the league keeps getting younger and faster and he is very much in his twilight.
I could see Coach Q moving on after this season. He just about, um, passed a brick through his bowels after the Panarin trade and he has drifted further from GM Stan Bowman's page. Quenneville would not be on the market long. As for Yeo, I'm guessing it would take a team collapse to displace him. This is a team retooling on the fly and on balance he's gotten good results from it.
I see the Predators aiming high at the deadline, getting a Rick Nash at least. GM David Poile has stocked up on prospects and he senses a chance to win it all right now.
Rookie Dinner in the Big D! Apparently the lads want to do that away from home, and when they have ample time to recover.
As players like to say, he's a rat. But he has had a very nice career playing that role.
If Seattle gets in for the 2020 season, that team would draft the summer before it begins play. I'm sure we'll see the same protection rules as we did last time, which gave Vegas a chance to complete. For a $650 million fee, that's the least the league can do for Seattle. Thomas and Kyrou are in the OHL. The playoffs start in late March and those guys are tried up until their teams are done playing.
Tarasenko and Tavares are on a similar talent plane, but Vladmir's cap hit will likely about about $5 million less, so basically you have to trade Tarasenko and others to made that deal. So why do this? Again, I'm a fan of JT's, but we're not talking about a once-in-a-generation talent.