Did not read that, but I knew he had really struggled after that horrible incident. Doctors had about 30 seconds to stop that bleeding or he was gone. Talk about clutch work by the team doctor under the stands. His story is another reminder to be aware of those people who really need help. There is so much hidden suffering out there.
The Circus had crazy skill and he just abused opponents at the college level. Early on, he just wasn't strong enough to hold up. He was quick, but not fast, and teams just hammered him. Later he made it back to the league as a two-way guy, to his credit. He put up some crazy minor league numbers too.
The memories! OK, so maybe I should have picked on Keith Osborne.
He just scored a goal for San Antonio and he has been playing center, which is helpful to his cause. But he struggled to produce coming back from his shoulder injury.
Brodziak has to stay, no? He has been one of the better performers again this season, given his role. Gunnarsson is seeing heavy duty now, which would make him more trade-worthy. Sobotka and Berglund came up at the trade deadline and could always be put in play.
Both Sobotka and Berglund are paid less that $4 million per year, too, so that is moderate pricing. That said, the Blues could have lots of new faces up front with prospects, Fabbri and trade/free agent targets.
That's a hockey deal. Dunn has held up, and then some, and Schmaltz and Walman offer some protection. Edmundson's growth plays into this as well. The Nuge is just hitting his prime and he has three years left at a moderate $6 million per year.
JT is a superior talent to Stastny. I believe he would up well as a No. 1 center here. But the last three or four years of that contract would become burdensome as some other Blues hit the big-dollar stage of their career.
I believe re-upped last month for $5.35 million per year.
Four-year college player, a winner with some size on the wing but not a high-scoring forward . . . Haven't heard much talk about him, With the Blues looking to build a team at San Antonio next season he could fit there. Or he could shop around for better chance.
But . . . Schmaltz has spent a lot of time in the AHL. Every team has scouted him there and every team has had a chance to come calling for him. Not sure that there is great value in trade market for him. He could be an add-on player in a trade.
As I state every week, there will be a chance to fit a lot of talent under the cap in 2019-20. There should be a lot of talent still on entry-level deals that season and those players should be seasoned by then.
Karlsson is a weak defensive player. Great offensively, true, but not a guy that will lock down a defensive zone. The Blues have one of the better defensive corps in the league when everybody healthy. Where this team really needs help is up front..
Bailey re-upped with the Islanders. He is an excellent passer who clicks with Tavares. Separate him from JT and that contract could prove regrettable. JVR is a good power-play guy. He scores in bunches -- 34 this year playing less than 15 minutes per game. To consider moving Parayko, the Blues would need to get a strong all-around center for one of the top two lines.
There is some interaction between the teams ahead of the Blues, but the three-potential looms as you note. All three of those teams are playing very well, so the Blues may need 97 or 98 points to get in. Heavy lift. Could come down to the one last shot at Colorado.
Armstrong made it clear he wasn't looking to add rentals, cheap or not. He was looking past this season, which is why he moved Stastny. One benefit of avoiding that rental market is the ability to keep playing younger guys like Thompson, Soshnikov and Barbashev.
Korolev was a one-man cycle, holding D-men at bay to gain possession time. The fancy stats would love him. Pretty solid player, which is why he played so long in the NHL. "Little V" had second-line talent but a bum shoulder and some off-ice issues. "Big V" could have been an effective mucker/agitator, but he wouldn't embrace such a blue-collar role. Eternal shifts and lots of cheating for breakouts.
I do expect a big talent upgrade through the prospects and other means. Of course, injuries could derail that with so many teams in the hunt and so little separating them. The bigger push could come in two years when Thomas, Kyrou, Thompson and perhaps Kostin have fully adjusted to the NHL.
One, the Blues will control how the players are deployed and how much they play. Two, the AHL will play the same systems as the Blues so that players coming up have an easier time fitting in.