I don't believe management sees Steen as the problem. If Alexander want to move for some reason and a team that appealed to him made an offer, Armstrong would look at that.
Both. He is frustrated. Some of that is the lack of a power play and a lack of 5-on-5 chemistry for much of the season, but he has to fight through that and stay engaged.
Sobotka would be easier to move, with a friendly contract and no restrictions. So I would say him. But then again, a team like Columbus with some belief in Berglund could engineer a swap.
The players you mentioned are all signed. When they are ready to play in the NHL, they will play. If they play really well, they won't be exposed in the expansion draft. Older players or lesser players will be exposed. Armstrong hopes against hope that he has so much talent in 2020 that he will have a tough call then.
Sure, Martin Brodeur is a big fan.
Yeah, you will have to wait until next season.
Yep. Low-cost role guy with energy.
No, because the Senators would be nuts to trade Brown with the franchise facing a long-haul rebuild.
Jim Thomas did shepherd the Male Sheep to two Super Bowls, so he is not totally bad luck.
It is imperative that Bouwmeester get healthy so he doesn't have to play on one leg. Could he be a third-pairing guy with some PK duties in his final year here? Sure, that could happen if Dunn holds up in the second pairing 5 on 5.
Scheduling is largely out of the Blues hands.
The old adage is that teams play simpler hockey on the road. That is especially important for this team, since most of their forwards need to keep it simple. Berglund's turnovers Thursday night were an example of not doing that.
The Blues had peak talent when they went to the Final Four, but keeping all their forwards from that team was impossible in the salary cap world. Backes and Brouwer got big dollars to leave and Brouwer, in particular, got overpaid. Most of the current Blues you mentioned are small contract guys. (Sobotka's money is moderate.) As mentioned earlier, injuries hurt this group -- add Sanford to that list -- and exposed the talent gap that the younger guys (Barbashev, Thompson, Blais) haven't filled with any consistency.
They should stay alive for at least eight or nine games.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Berglund. I wouldn't be surprised to see him move in trade. Nor would I be surprised to see him avoid an off-season shoulder surgery, show up good to go next camp and fit in with a refreshed forward corps.
Well, it's not like he is trying to trade Jori Lehtera . . .
I do not know why this team gets into that hold-the-puck rut. Look at their first power-play last night. They moved the puck quickly and shot the puck quickly. The PP had some life, although it didn't score. Quick puck movement, quick feet, better tempo.
Perron vanished in the playoffs. Berglund scored a career-high 23 goals last season. Armstrong valued him, which is why he got the contract he got last February.