Never say never, but Armstrong wants to win Cup. The guy who goes to Seattle may be looking at a LONG process. Also, that guy will be compared to the crazy success Vegas had this season.
No, but they could draw from the current NHL staff as part of the changes for next season. Some staff changes seem inevitable after the way things went this season.
When the Blues were winning, their winning margin was thin. Few people were talking them up as a Cup threat. They had no scoring depth.
As I've said before, he is a versatile guy on a team-friendly deal. Like a lot of guys, he became less tenacious in the last month. And like a lot of guys, he could be shopped this summer. Let's see how he finishes up and what sort of market develops for him -- and what else Armstrong looks to do.
Let's see if he gets back to being assertive. Yeo embarrassed him, Others could feel that same sting soon enough.
I'm not sure the Stars are all that much better than the Blues. Their top guys are the same and they have developed some good young players, especially on D. Bishop hasn't been consistently great for them this season, but he offered a big goaltending upgrade as a free agent. The Predators have the same elite goaltender they've had forever, but bold trades landed them Subban, Johansen and Turris. Plus they stole Forsberg from the Capitals for the Ghost of Martin Erat. The Jets were years in the making, but the key this year was goaltender Connor Hellbuyck breaking out. They've had good offense for a while now.
This has been an odd year for goaltenders. Matt Murray wins a Cup, struggles through his father's illness and death, starts winning again . . .and he gets hurt. Crawford gets vertigo. Talbot implodes. Darling soils the sheets in Carolina. Schneider gets hurt. Luongo gets hurt. Elliott gets hurt. Price gets hurt/sick/old/whatever. Smith gets hurt. Carnage everywhere!
God bless Noel. Just a beast, long before weight training. These days he and the Plagers would be constantly suspended for their tactics, but, yes, the Blues need to be more robust. Losing both Edmundson and Bortuzzo really hurt.
He has one year left on his contract. He could play that out, he could move on to a contender if the right trade opened up this summer or he would be in demand as a rental at the next trade deadline.
It's tough to win with guys on big contracts, but the Penguins and Blackhawks are two examples of how the other parts can be found.
I know the Blues we also locking in some other parts of their management team, but I don't how many guys are under contract past next season.
I believe two years of college is plenty for top prospects. Same went for Sanford. That gets them started on their AHL experience and the grind of 82 games.
Depth. Guys get hurt, players come up from the minors. Kostin, Blais and Sanford can play in the NHL, but they are not locks to stick all year. Walman and Husso are also good prospects, but not guarantees for next year.That is a pretty good group. Then there will be other guys coming from junior hockey and college.
I don't mind it. Not crazy about the colors.
Allen played in tough luck in December. Mostly he was very good, but mostly he lost because the Blues didn't score. His season turned on two bad outings. That may not be fair, but when given the chance to reclaim the job he has looked shaky. And that's solely on him.
Again, thin margin for error. This team lacked depth and Schwartz's injury exposed it. That led to even more line shuffling and even less chemistry and production. Then, finally, the wheels fell off amid a lot of frustration.
In the short window he had to trade the No. 1 with Sobotka and/or Berglund, he did not land a Top 6 forward. We'll see what happens this summer. Some young veterans could factor into trade offers as well as prospects outside the Untouchable Four.
I believe that a team looking to go for it could use a guy like that, especially killing penalties. Teams will want to see if he is healthy -- and right now he doesn't seem to be.