Currently in the minors? None.
Luck will play into a Cup run regardless of how much talent or character a team has. Pittsburgh was lucky to get past Ottawa last year, then won its second straight title. Then the Senators collapsed. The Hockey Gods can be cruel. All a team can do is assemble the best team possible and then hope to make the bracket and take off.
Sure. They are lots of ways to get to the cap number in the near term. The tougher part emerges down the road when the team would want to re-up a number of key guys. But the 18-19 cap would not be hard to meet.
There is a long list of targets Armstrong would aim for before getting back to Perron.
The guys that travel with the team regularly hear a lot more than I do. So when a Jim Thomas or Chris Kerber or Kelly Chase says something, do listen.
Kovalchuk is a guy Martin Brodeur will want to check in with, since at 34 Ilya's market value is a bit lower. But none of those guys is a center and right the team really needs a center.
That is always a concern, but right now Mike Yeo is desperately trying to win games. He is feeling extreme heat.
Given the performance of Husso in San Antonio, I don't see goaltending as a big target with Columbus. Unless that team shops Bobrovsky.
Loaded up on pretty good players eager to prove people wrong and then coached them up brilliantly. This is one of the all-time great NHL stories.
Thompson doesn't have a frame that will fill out much -- he is the skinniest player I have ever seen in the NHL -- but he can certainly get stronger. I expect he will.
Come on, who knows. Sometimes glory comes when you least expect it. '99 Rams came out of nowhere, '06 Cardinals were laughingstocks when the playoffs started..
No, they need to remember how to win so the young guys can learn from that.
When a guy gets hurt whenever he returns to the NHL, that is not a good sign. He missed a chance to really boost his stock here. Maybe he is just unlucky.
These people whining about the Blues really need to spend more time on Cap Friendly to see what dead money looks like. As for goaltending, everything is in play. Hutton figures to get his chance to earn a nice new contract during the final games, but who knows after that. Maybe Allen gets traded, maybe Hutton and Husso get their chance, maybe Armstrong makes still another big goaltender move.
Let's see if he does enough in San Antonio to get that shot. He needs to know that opportunity is tied to performance.
I still like Tampa, since Boston has shown some leakage here. But those teams loaded up, no?
Brodeur is not the goaltender coach. That said, I'm sure Martin will factor in the Next Move on the goaltender front, whatever that is.
Yeah, that is a huge contract and he is not quite the same guy. And, again, you need a goaltender that will be at his peak when this team peaks in two years.