Lot of Sobotka hate these days. February hasn't been great for him, for sure. But overall he is producing at about his normal NHL level and he has a team-friendly cap number for a third-line veteran.
Again, when you win, you don't pick can't-miss scorers at the top of drafts. And despite that the Blues suddenly are awash in legitimate scoring prospects. Final note: A quick look around the league will remind you that just are not a lot of big-time scorers, particularly among players selected outside the lottery.
Given his expiring contract, that would be a rental trade for the other team.
See the earlier chatter on placeholders.
For what? Orchestrating a multi-year retool that allow the Blues to contend for multiple seasons? He already got his contract extension.
Armstrong is hardly conservative. He gambled big on Ryan Miller and lost. On the other hand, he made the Brayden Schenn trade, gaining a valuable long-term asset while also dumping a terrible salary. Had he not spent two first-round picks on Schenn, he would have been better positioned to land Brassard.
The NHL is doing fine. Players are getting paid and owners are enjoying this expansion windfall. Can't imagine a work stoppage.
Yes, the prospects are that good. As for the Cardinals, there is no salary cap in baseball and that team is rich. It should not be in a in-between period ever.
I would not be shocked if these guys are traded. And I do believe they have more value than fans think. But I find it odd to see so much fan rage directed at third-line guys on middling contracts. Is it really on these two to carry the team to glory?
These guys have contracts, so you eat the liability. You can buy them out and let them go but, again, THESE ARE NOT THE WORST PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE. They have actual value. You can't trade one of them for Mike Hoffman, but we are not gaining about Jori Lehtera, Dead Man Skating level of play here. Geesh.
OK, I am tired. This was fun today! Great stuff. Spirited debate. See you Monday for a special edition.