Tage is 6-foot-5 and has a massive wingspan. He is very early in his development, a long way from where he could end up. And he has good hockey sense. Trading him for rental help would be stupid. Trading him in a package for a longer-term asset would be another matter.
Schenn has shown great leadership in his brief time here, playing at high level with an edge. But what's with the Pietrangelo hate? All the guy does is shoulder the heaviest workload on the team, logging tough minutes 5 on 5 against top lines and on the PK. He plays at a consistently high level. I guess fans want somebody more theatrical in his position.
No, he is showing traits that will translate well to the NHL, and quickly. The kid plays well at both ends and he has some edge to him as well.
Hitch was an all-time great for reporters. He seldom bit his tongue when he was miffed and, like you say, he gave detailed answers. He is a quality person too. His return to Dallas revived that team, which still has some growing to do, and jacked up this rivalry. For the media this is great. But the Blues, maybe not so great.
I don't see the Blues moving a guy just to play a younger guy this season. The Blues still want to make the playoffs and advance. Some of those guys might get traded, but it would be to get something back to upgrade the team for this spring.
I didn't see a penalty shot there. OT is already wide open and the shootout is next, so to me an infraction should be heinous to get a penalty shot in the OT.
I'd expect Thomas to be more NHL-ready than Kyrou, based on his all-around game. But it is possible to jump from junior to the NHL and excel. Mathew Barzal went back for another year, then came back to the Islanders and immediately became one of the league's top playmakers. The younger Tkachuk was ready right out of the box as well.
I assume you meant to put Kostin in there and I would saw Klim, for the reasons discussed earlier in the chat. Next after that might be Thompson, just because the team also has Sanford in development. But I don't see either of them leaving for a rental player.
One, I don't imagine St. Louis is real high on his list. He really likes it in New York. Two, again, you are talking about a massive cap hit for a team that would still have to re-up Pietrangelo and Schenn for huge raises in a few seasons. Is it possible? Sure, because Armstrong isn't shy about making a big splash. But i would be really surprised.
Maroon has already demonstrated some ability to play in the Top 6, particularly with McDavid. And on this team anybody can play in the Top 6 on a given night, so he could gravitate there. But aside from being a St. Louis guy, I don't see the great fit.
I don't see Buffalo moving him without getting a first-round pick or an elite prospect back. So that rules the Blues. And I don't see the fit for this team next season. The Blues will have to put money at center (either keeping Stastny or replacing him), defense (Edmundson's next contract) and goaltender (Hutton's next contract). And adding Kane at huge dollars would mean losing other guys down the road. He is a talent, but is he a team fit?
He is waiting for the price to come down on rental wingers.
The Blues are interested and Bettman wouldn't rule it out. The Scottrade makeover makes it possible. And the franchise got high marks for the Winter Classic.
I don't see the Blues-Kane connection because I don't see how they meet Buffalo's price. I see a team with "all in" intention meeting that price. That is not the Blues.
Sure, JT and Schenn would be a tremendous 1-2 punch down the middle. But at the cost of subtracting Tarasenko in your proposal? That doesn't excite me.
The same Backes who was blamed for the Blues falling short in the playoffs year after year? The same Backes that was assigned individual blame for what happened against the Wild a couple years ago? That Backes?
Yeo very much feels the heat. The Blues needs to make the playoffs to keep the program going forward, including the business side of it. And getting in won't be easy. Everybody has games in hand on the Blues and things will get even tighter.
The Canadiens would want a young center for Pacioretty. As for Galchenyuk, he has limited trade value after stalling out but to save face Bergevin would need to get back somebody will offensive upside. That team is rebuilding Berglund is no fit to that.
Jacques Plante or Glenn Hall!
His development stalled out. Before all the blue line injuries, he had slipped pretty far down the depth chart.
OK, I'm out of time for the week. Thanks for the questions and the spirited debate. See you next time!