He has had his mishaps, too, like getting his pocket picked in the Pittsburgh game. That was the last straw in that tilt.
Right now? Schenn, Schwartz, Tarasenko, Pietrangelo and Parayko would be the nucleus. Dunn is getting there. Edmundson is right there too.
He throws himself around a bit. He has 71 hits in 37 games, which makes him a borderline trained killer on this team. He is more of a high slot forward than a net front presence guy, but opponents due notice him out there.
To trade them for temporary help would be absurd. This team is not a rental player or two away from greatness. So why lose the chance to assemble peak talent in two years to help a group that seems unwilling to help itself at times?
I don't see much of interest at the deadline, given the prices. I'd have to explore goaltending this summer if Allen didn't finish well. If Tavares actually tested the free agent market you have to check on that, otherwise weigh Stastny vs. the market options at center and clear roster space for five or six new forwards, including Fabbri, Sanford, Thompson, Blais and Thomas for sure, with space available for Kostin and Kyrou too when they are ready.
With Brassard gone, I suppose Hoffman is last good for this team left and there is no guarantee he is moving.
In this case, some of the placeholders might be worse than replacement level.
Obviously this team is committed to the next wave. Armstrong loaded up a team a couple years back and got to the Final Four. Then the retooling began. It would have been nice to add another Schwartz or Tarasenko in recent years, but teams do pay a price for winning.
Barclay Plager was a great leader, but he played on some teams far worse than this one. I think we may be getting a bit carried away with the absence of character chatter when this team just might not be that great. It's just a pretty good team hitting a rough patch while playing in a tough division. This team needs its best guys to elevate their game to prop up the placeholders and lately that hasn't happened.
No, this team was always going to trade Reaves if it meant adding a high-end prospect like Kostin. If Perron had played consistently well here, he would have stayed and somebody else would have left. He played his way onto the unprotected list. That he has starred for Vegas is great for him, but he wasted his chance last season to stick in the STL.
Whether Kostin plays or not has no bearing on the wild card race. The Rampage will always favor Avs prospects over Blues prospects. That is the mandate for the coaches, as it should be.
Armstrong has made his feeling known. Everybody has had a chance to make an angry speech. Enough talk. Guys need to elevate their play. This has not been a total collapse, but as we keep saying almost everybody can play better.
He's pretty solid, but when everybody is healthy he is in and out of the lineup, So, yes, he is a placeholder. Third pairing guy, no PP time, not physical. At some point that job goes to a Schmaltz or Walman.
Berglund is what he is, a 15- to 20-goal guy. His faceoff win percentage, his Corsi and Fenwick possession percentages and hits-per-game ratio are all good. He hasn't been a ball of fire lately, but a veteran guy in his role for less than $4 million a year isn't a liability. The fact he has to play up in the lineup because others failed is not his fault. Could Berglund move in a trade some day? Sure, although he has no-movement protections.
True. And maybe one of those tradescould go down, either at the deadline or in the summer. T
In his Mario, due to his size and strength on the puck. IMO he could do more on his own.
Armstrong gets final say on what is presented to Stillman, but Brodeur's opinions are valued. But this team has so many advisory guys that it is impossible to guess which guys have more sway.