I'm a big Thompson fan. Give him time. He could become freak with that wingspan and that shot.
So they didn't on middling draft choice Parayko? I disagree. Also, Blais could be one of the all-time steals. Dunn was a great get where he went.
No. T.J. reverted back to his normal level this season. That 23.1 percent shooting percentage was not sustainable. His production this season with those centers at that salary is not impressive.
Well, it's hard to draft scorers when you win. And Armstrong has mostly been in charge of winning teams. That said, the Blues have a half-dozen good scoring prospects in development.
And at times the Blues played as well as anybody in the league. My beef with the coaches would the line shuffling, PP shuffling and goaltender roulette. Some continuity is good. No continuity can build frustration and hurt chemistry, Not that such shuffling should be an excuse for flat play, but it is a factor.
When you are spending to the cap and team you have isn't good enough, then the GM makes changes as opportunities arise. It is way more complicated in the cap era. But as contracts cycle out and prospects on entry-level deals arrive, some of this will work itself out. Other changes will come via trades.
Details of that trade are scarce, but the Pens did dump Cole's salary and Ottawa may be eating some of Brassard's deal for this year. And perhaps the Pens dumped some other salary. Apparently it's "complex" as one insider wrote.
Those guys are more appealing for Armstrong. And, yes, for one of them he may move one of those top 6 forward prospects.
Whomever the Blues hire. No reason to make the hire now. See what the market bears.
Mackenzie Maceachern? His entry level contract is up this season. Maybe he will re-up to be an organizational soldier in San Antonio when the Blues need a full AHL roster. Or maybe not. At this point he is not on the NHL radar screen.
Berglund was drafted in 2006. Back in 2010-11 it appeared he might develop into a solid Top 6 forward, Then he settled into the third line level he is at now. If you were expecting elite production this season, you were the only person on Earth in that category. Stastny has been OK, better than other $7 million guys but not high-end, top-6 offensive center play. Once Steen recovered from his broken thumb, which took a while, he has earned his money. People who complain about Blues salaries should look around the league and see what other veterans make.
Physical play is important, but it's not like it was. These days a really hard body check is a penalty, whether it was clean or not. And, yes, there is value in wingspan. It's all about the puck battles.
Of course, it is easy to develop that vibe when everybody on your team is a reject, versus comfy veterans on long-term deals. Who wouldn't to coach a bunch of angry rejects looking to prove people wrong? That said, Vegas is a HELL of a story. Every coach in the league has rubbed that team's success in the face of his players at some point.
Apparently Ottawa wants to flip Cole to another team.
Good one! Yeah, it drives me nuts. So many guys mulling options with the puck, ruminating about the possibilities.
The coaching staff needs to some work to earn good grades. Got to be able to fix the PP. And, again, so much shuffling.
That is the theory. Once everybody is playing desperate, Vegas will be in trouble. But there is real talent on that team and the goatlender can steal series. Marc-Andre Fleury knows what it takes to win a Cup.
The Schenn/Schwartz combo is very dangerous. It is not at its earlier level, but teams focus on it. But after them and 91 . .. yikes!
He gets favorable reviews from independent scouts. He seems to be a prospect. At some point he could be another cheap player to help Armstrong load up under the cap.