There was some trade chatter about him at the deadline and there could be more this summer.
Why not have some fun the rest of the season, right? I am with you on that.
I have made that case in the past. While you can find immediate cap space for a huge salary, the goal is to develop a team with lots of very good players, guys that will need long-term deals sooner than later given the way the league operates now. If a Thomas or a Kyrou hits, getting them to take a "bridge" deal won't be easy.
There is some truth in that. I imagine Armstrong is taking notes.
Man, it's a business these days. The old hate-the-rival thing isn't what it was. Back in the day would the Blues trade a guy to another team, then pay loving tribute to him during a game against him? No way.
There just aren't many guys to promote. Blais can't stay healthy. Sanford hasn't exactly raced back from his injury. Kostin is clearly not ready. To your point I would play Schmaltz the rest of the year as well as Sundqvist because these are guys that the team needs to decide on for next year.
Another vote for the Schwartz-Schenn-Tarasenko line!
If there is a better option, sure. I bet he would welcome a fresh start. Finding somebody certain to be better is the hard part.
There is no doubt that some forwards either failed to develop as hoped or quit producing at their accustomed level. The last quarter of the season is a wash after subtracting Stastny and adding nobody, but what happened in the first 60 games ago is another to trigger change within the plan. As for the big picture, that remains the same. This team is still transitioning toward a younger group.
A guy off the street signed on, the great Ben Wexler. Ville Husso joiined the team in LA.
I could see that sort of deal for one or both of them, draft pick or prospect. The Blues don't need to get a third-line forward back because they have a team full of them.
Maybe 50-50. He is boosting his stock in Winnipeg, but will another team spend for him. Many teams that needed a center have gotten one via a trade.
Armstrong and Stillman are with you on that.
I don't see any of those guys you mentioned going in a trade, so these odds would be long. I touched on Stastny. Armstrong tried to package that first-round pick to get a player at the deadline and I'm sure he will do that again at the draft. And I could see him making that deal for a center, since there are more options on the wing in free agency.
Teams can definitely overpay for leaders and "sandpaper": guys. Adding some of that is great, but Blues history is jammed full of leaders from other teams that did not elevate this team to greatness. Ideally leadership becomes more organic, with players assuming more responsibility as the team grows together.
It would help if either score scores again in their lifetime. I believe Armstrong tried to put one or both in a package with No. 1 pick to get a top 6 forward, sort of like he did with Lehtera and two No. 1's to get Schenn. He might try that again at the draft.
The Blues have two recalls left. Blais is still dealing with a concussion, so he is not likely to be one of them. I would not be shocked if Sanford came back for the last 10 games or so.
While this team needs to add some physical players from the outside or the injury list, the toughness element missing some nights is the Steen/Schwatz-like battling around the net. More guys need to get in there and take the punishment that comes with it.
He played pretty well this year, just not up to those dollars. For less money he might be better than what else is on the market.