He could come to the U.S., but he couldn't work for a U.S.-based company. The Blues are OK with that process going slow because they could create a roster spot for him in the interim.
Walman is back playing for Binghamton and Schmaltz finally recovered from his high-ankle sprain. Since Jordan missed six weeks, now would not be a good time to throw him back into the NHL fray.
Thompson has lots of offensive potential. If he can't produce regularly at this level -- and he couldn't -- then it's best he develop offensively in the AHL and then return with more confidence.
As I say every week, Tavares if he re-ups on the Island on an eight-year deal.
I bet they get a virtual sellout -- whatever goal they set, they should reach it. That city deserves a winter sports team.
We get this Skinner question every week. Why? Anyways, Skinner is in his prime and should get $7 million-plus on his next deal, since that team is paying Jordan Staal $6 million. Aho has a year left on his entry level deal. Carolina has new ownership, so the team will lock him in at some point. He needs to show a lot more before getting Drasaitl money. ($8.5 million per year).
Both guys are under contract so the Blues should look at both of them, if the opportunity arises. Again, so many placeholder guys in the lineup . . .
Yeo would agree with your assessment. Harsh, but accurate.
He would take such low money if there was no other choice. As for trading him now, that would concede the season. Who else takes faceoffs? Who centers 91? The Blues traded Shattenkirk and still won a playoff round. I couldn't see that happening with Stastny exiting.
Bortuzzo doesn't look like a long-term injury and Butler is a decent fill-in. With Schmaltz healthy again, I don't see the need to get a D-man.
No idea on that. I guess they found a new location, but that is not on my radar screen.
I have never heard that. Now, might a GM float a trial balloon through an insider to gauge reaction? Sure. Might a team executive throw a misdirection move at a scribe. Absolutely.
He is a two-time loser, failed to meet his potential for two different teams. Nothing to see there.
I believe the Blues timed his arrival to coincide roughly with the trade deadline. Bought some time to make a move.
Gambling on an underachiever didn't make a lot of sense for this team at the time. The Blues already have untapped skill with a bunch of young guys. Galchenyuk is better suited for a talent-poor team desperate for some upside. As for bigger changes, sure, everybody around the team seems to think that is likely given the high goals this franchise has set for the next few years.
The Blues have expendable third-liners. And we could see some movement there, but more likely for a "hockey trade" as Armstrong says vs. a rental. In other words, can the Blues get something for value for beyond this season.
True, but the world's best on best is cool. Yes, I missed the NHL in the Olympics/
The Blues would still like to make the playoffs, regardless if whether they went in as long shots. So tanking the season with a Stastny trade makes no sense. As for his future, the market for him and possible other Blues options will factor into all of that.
Poor Ian. The Penguins soured on him big time and shopped him earlier this year. But he got his rings. Good for him.