Armstrong was able to make a trade with Lehtera, so I doubt he just gives those guys away.
First those guys have to prove they can play in the NHL. I could see Thomas a No. 3 center growing into the No. 2 some day and Kyrou playing the wing.
NHL executives made the conscious decision during the All-Star break to cut back on goaltender interference calls to create more scoring.
Well, he enjoyed more team success in Dallas than he did here, so . . .
At his current rate of production he is, especially on a top line. Maybe he could OK as a fourth liner, but centering 91? That would be like Ron "Dog" Wilson centering Brett Hull back in the day.
No, the Blues really hope that Kyrou can develop into a top 6 winger and that Kostin makes it to the NHL. Independent scouts like their upside and their failure to advance would be a huge disappointment.
Yes, he thinks it is important. And, yes, he has staff focused on it. Obviously the staff failed this season, so both personnel and coaching changes could be in the offing.
Yes, expectations soared when the Blues stole a playoff round last year and then started so well this year. Still, a collapse is a collapse and it's hard to shrug off a collapse.
I sense a busy offseason. As stated earlier, the to-do list is long even through the overall plan has not changed.
Of course, Armstrong has never bought out a player. And his love of Bouwmeester is well-known, including the quotes in that story. He also values defenseman, so the odds of him buying out a guy getting Top 4 minutes from his coach with one year left on his contract are especially long. From Bouwmeester's perspective, he played hurt to help the team. The easy way out would have been to take the surgery earlier and be healthy for the summer. On the remote chance he got bought out -- which would have been an historic moment for Armstrong -- he could have collected that money and then signed with a team of his choice. And despite popular opinion here, Bouwmeester as a free agent would have gotten signed. Even Roman Polak got signed for this year -- and with a playoff contender no less.
Yeah, just check out of the long-term injury guys still getting massive coin. The Ghost of Dave Bolland is collecting $5.5 million this season for instance.
Well, a coach has to motivate. That will be a discussion point after this season.
There is no justifying here, just explaining what the team set out to do and exploring reasons while this transition year went south.
All coaches shuffle lines. But coaches tend to agree that finding tandems like Schwartz and Schenn up front is really helpful. Then their rotation can come on the third spot.
Let's see how Allen closes out. Hutton is a known commodity now, great back-up with some fill-in capability. The front office needs to assess Husso while also examining a scrambled goaltender market. I'd say that predicting the tandem for most teams is impossible these days. Goaltending is that big of a mess league-wide.
Armstrong is well-regarded in the business. He will be able attract coaching upgrades if he decides to go that route.
Well, management took that risk when playing for the long term at the trade deadline.What management hears more than anything is that this team has never won a Cup. Building a team that even has a shot at that is difficult and at times requires some sacrifice.
That's the big thing. I think we have seen the stupid offside challenges reeled in sufficiently. I would prefer that only egregious offside violations -- like five feet or more on plays entering the zone -- would be enough to call back a goal. Don't take away goals. Let them skate and maintain flow. Zone entries should be like the old neighborhood play at second base on double plays.