A LOT of guys got hurt this year and a LOT of guys struggled.
If he can still play at the NHL pace, which is a dramatically faster than the KHL.
This is common league-wide. This is a new wrinkle most teams use on the PP. In overtime, teams will take the ball from the offensive zone all the way back into their zone to regroup. The regroup is usually less dramatic 5 on 5. The idea to generate speed through the neutral zone and entering the offensive zone with either control of the puck entering or the ability to place it where it can be retrieved.
The first-round is Top 10 protected. If the Blues fall into the bottom 10 of the league's overall standings, they would keep the pick and the Flyers would wait til 2019 to collect that pick.
A lot of nights they scored 1 or 2.
Tanking is no way to develop younger players. You might one long-term prospect, but infect multiple guys the franchise needs to rebuild upon.
There is nothing wrong with Yeo's system. The problem is that on a given night half of his forwards are placeholders. For God's sake, Jaskin is playing top 6 and on the power play and Barbashev is centering Tarasenko.
Oh, if you only knew about the behind-the-scenes fistfights . . . just kidding. That's how it was once upon a time. The memories! As for the whole divided team thing, you hear that almost every time a team falls into a major rut. On this team very few players have earned the right to point a finger at anybody else. At this point. I'm not sure anybody has.
Yeo could still be that guy. We'll see. More changes are coming, trades and I'm guessing at least staff adjustments. There is so little difference between NHL teams these days and playing the modern 200-foot game is so demanding that coaching is extremely difficult. Keeping a team in go-go mode for 82 games, then elevating that team in the playoffs is difficult. That is why so many highly successful coaches (Hitchcock, Julien, Boudreau, Carlyle, Laviolette) have moved around.
Certainly this team fell well short this year and it can't all be blamed on the Fabbri injury and the long-term absence of Schwartz, Berglund and Sanford to injuries. Some younger guys like Jaskin and Barbashev) haven't developed as hoped this season and Sobotka, who was great offensively back on October, simply quite producing. But anything that happens after Stastny's departure in the bailout trade must be viewed through the GM-conceded-the-season lens.
Armstrong was no doubt hoping the Blues would rise up in response to his bailout trade, but as I wrote there was a chance this team would totally collapse. This was just the latest negative development for a team that just didn't have a strong collective make-up. The lack of response will only add to Armstrong's to-do list this summer.
Well, ultimately Yeo is responsible for the power play. That will be a huge evaluation point for this coaching staff, particularly the constant shuffling of personnel on the two units.
Steen is a well-respected guy, as is Pietrangelo. It will be interesting to see how the whole leadership thing is addressed going forward. Should Schenn have a bigger role in all of this? Should Schwartz be captain. Where is Tarasenko in all of this? Can Parayko and Edmundson become more assertive.
Armstrong needs to sign or trade for a scoring line center. He needs to find another scoring winger, too, since Fabbri is a big question mark and it appears Thompson and Blais need more work. He needs to identify or acquire the goaltender to move forward with. Given reports that he talked about Sobotka and Berglund with other teams, I suppose those possibilities will be revisited as he looks to alter his veteran corps.
Great question. Pittsburgh needs to get a legit option to go with Murray, who can't stay healthy. Does Philly try to re-sign Mrazek or move on? Smith broke down in Calgary and so what do the Flames do? What is Crawford's future in Chicago? Who will play goal for the Islanders? Does Carolina give up on Scott Darling? Those are just some of the questions. Hard to say how it all plays.
This was always going to be a transition year. It went fine for a while, then took a wrong turn for a host of reason. But the plan doesn't change. Armstrong refused to make stopgap improvements for the rest of this season that would hinder the team from reaching a higher goal. Rather than subtract draft picks and prospects, he added.
That is a guy to keep an eye on. Dave's primary goal is to get back to head coaching, but he always had a good offensive reputation.If not Tippett than somebody else could be hired to address this issue.
That was always going to be a longshot. Could it happen? Sure, anything can happen. This franchise is set up way better than the Islanders, so you never know. Not many teams on the cusp of winning the Cup can easily $85 million to $90 million in long-term cap space.