Going to No. 4, I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard a star player was causing problems in the room. Even Steve Yzerman was subjected to "we can't win with Yzerman" talk in Motown. Can't win with Hull, can't win with Turgeon, can't win with Tkachuk . . . it's funny how that works. No. 91 is his own guy, for sure, and it's fair to say he has a ways to go on the whole team player front. But, again, there are VERY FEW Blues who can look in the mirror and say, "Man, I've killed it this year. Emptied the bucket. Did all I could do to help the team win." On No. 1, Berglund is not purely dead money like Bobby Ryan is dead money. Anybody making less than $4 million per year and playing at a third-line level has some value. Could Patrik exit at some point to create cap space for a proven scorer? Sure.
Allen's effort is fine. He is needs to regain his consistency. Crucial time in his career. If he doesn't success, Job One for Amstrong this summer will be addressing goaltending. He has lots of assets coming up front and on the blue line.
Hiyo! Blast from the past. Corso did make coin in Europe. Karpat, Timra IK and, of course, Minsk Dynamo. Daniel had wheels, anyway.
Ladislav Nagy, the rich man's Lubos Bartecko! At 38 he is pouring the goals home for Kosice HC in Slovakia.
OK, but that first-round pick was HUGE. So I assume the Sens wanted one of the elite Blues prospects for him. And Ottawa got a NHL-caliber D-man and the rights to a goaltending prospect picked in the second round. Nice package. I am a Brassard fan, but he is only signed through next season. The peak Blues year looks to be in two season, when should have mamimum guys still on entry-level deals plus Schenn and Pietrangelo one year away from big raises.
Fair point, which is why the explosive Kyrou is so intriguing. He is the type of talent flourishing in the new NHL. Thomas has some jump as well, but more as a No. 2 center.
At this point Allen. Next week, I could have a different answer.
Some guys could be in play, but for assets that will make an impact the next year or two. And, again, this team is not going to tank the season while it is still right in the middle of the playoff race.
I could envision Thomas and Kyrou getting a look this spring if the Blues are still going and they are available after their seasons. Kostin needs to do more in the AHL, IMO, because his track record is so thin. Hardly played in Russia last season.
It's funny how teams don't get bounces when they are a step off the necessary pace. But, yes, look at some of the breaks they got a bit earlier this season when Hutton was winning games.
Kyrou must learn to back-check. Thomas has a NHL-ready game and Kostin has a NHL body and shot, but he hasn't played at even the AHL pace for most of this season. BTW, I love Blais. He looked great with Schenn and Schwartz unlike getting hurt. He has the instincts to produce right now if he stays healthy.
That story has been out there for some time. And obviously the Blues would move Fabbri for the right asset, somebody like Hoffman with contract term left, rather that bet on his health.
Coach Q is at odds with management, so he could hit the market. What a bidding war that would be!
I could see Kyrou on the wing. Thomas has the defensive skills to flourish at center. Stastny returning for shorter term and less money could buy him developmental time. That could be an option.
The experts are perking up. Let's say Las Vegas takes on Bobby Ryan's dead money in exchange for future assets in a three-way deal with that would send additional future assets to Ottawa. The Sens are so eager to dump Ryan that this deal could happen.
Edmonton needs defensive help, Drasaitl is a special talent. That is a "hockey trade" -- but it would also Connor McDavid with zero elite forwards to play with. Ouch. But if Peter Chiarelli is willing to trade Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson . . .
Yes, this team needs a talent influx. And it is coming. Armstrong won't interrupt that influx via prospect graduation unless he can get assets with some term left on their contract.
Right, buy you just noted that there isn't much in free agency. Trading Stastny could tank the team this season and leave a big hole for next year, if his new team re-ups him.
It's fair to say he is not the player this team needs him to be. At this point in his career it's time to mature into more than just a goal scorer. I do think he cares, but needs to channel. Recently we saw him block a shot, throw some checks and even hustle back to prevent an empty-net goal. Progress!