Such different eras. The mid-80s Oilers would terrorize the NHL under today's rules, given their ability skate and score on the rush. So I'd go with them.
Today the Blues have three Top 6 forwards plus Steen, who could be a great third-liner who also kills penalties and helps the second power-play unit. So there will be no need to clear openings for Thomas or Kyrou. Those openings exist today.
And Jones is playing better in goal, too. Everybody talks Tampa Bay in the East, or maybe a Penguins three-peat, but the Bruins are killers. Columbus could shock and awe if Bobrovsky stays healthy and hot. That would be the big sleeper.
I agree, but Armstrong opted to go the other way. If this team just misses the playoffs, that will be an interesting discussion point.
That is the argument against Tavares.
The Circus was a great college player. And a great minor league scorer. In time, he made it back as a nice two-way forward. He has great instincts. But, again, he wasn't strong enough or fast enough for what he faced when he arrived. And his dedication to the game came later, once he matured. Dude played a LOT of hockey.
The UFA class isn't great. The risk of overpayment is huge. It's rare that special talent ever makes it to market. Kane could re-up in San Jose, which could be a good fit. I like James van Riemsdyk, but he is being used as a third-line/PP guy in Toronto. He would be a second-liner here, but $7 million per year is a bit rich for that. I like James Neal in the same role, but at 30 is likely to get too much term.
I see him as a bottom 6 guy. Busy player, has some skill, but not a big scoring threat.
If Allen finishes strong, then bringing him back and re-upping Hutton as protection makes sense, with Husso in development still as the No. 3. As noted again and again, goaltending around the league is pretty uneven this season.
No. This team has responded well to the leadership group down the stretch, despite the Stastny trade.
That assumes that he can fix the PP from his spot two feet in front of the net. That finishing ability would be a nice element to have, but JVR would have hold up playing bigger minutes and tougher minutes here than he does in Toronto.,
Same answer every week, John Tavares.
Strange Jeff Skinner references each week too . . .,
Not great. Their playoff history is Blues-like and there are deeper teams on that side of the league.
There is some sense in the industry that the Blues will secure him. He could become a free agent if they don't and this retooling team needs to keep adding young talent.
That does speak to the team's leadership group, which has taken lots of heat. The Stastny deal was a surprise, even to the team. Shattenkirk was destined to leave so his exit was no big deal to the group. His skill was missed, but his exit didn't shake the group. Stastny's departure did rattle the guys. This team was scuffling at the time while the year before the Blues were in solid shape after the coaching change.
No, the Department of Player Safety would frown upon most of that.
Stevens no, he just becomes a free agent. Foley, there were conditions in that trade. But I don't see why the Blues wouldn't get him under contract. They need players and the pay for drafted guys coming out of the college ranks is pretty standard.
Certainly Trotz is feeling pressure. Lots to decide there, including to give Carlson giant money to stay on the blue line.