Stevens and Reinke could get a sniff IF the Blues clinch a playoff spot and IF they had nothing left to gain or IF the team took another hit on defense, which could thrust Reinke into the mix.
I could see them play a game or two. Especially if the Blues get to the point where their fate is settled and they want to rest people.
No, I'd say we're probably looking at third-line, third-pairing prospects. Foley and Stevens could some day play up into the Top 6. Both have sturdy games and some scoring knack.
This would be a nice hometown story and Brady is a heck of a prospect, but this team really needs help down the middle. They just added two more wingers to a pretty deep pile of wing prospects. If they can upgrade down the middle and add Tkachuk too, great, but the team priority is clear.
Upshall, at his age, is the obvious one. He only came back this season, belately, when injuries hit. Brodziak is in the twilight, but he played se well that he has earned further consideration. Yeo is a big fan. Otherwise the Blues will try to sort the pile with a trade or two and the marketplace will dictate who leaves.
Reaves adds a lot to the dressing room. The Penguins needed to sacrifice him to get more skill, but I could see the Blues at least thinking of getting in on him again.
So you are writing off a big forward who played only two years of college? That is not wise. He is a gangly 20-year-old. He could look at lot different at 22 after additional weight training and speed skating drills.
Yeah, that seems reasonable. The Blues can't win every game -- although that is their focus right now with the race still tight. The Coyotes finally got it together and the Golden Knights have slipped.
That place literally shook during the fierce Blues-Blackhawks and Blues-Red Wings games. Scottrade can get loud, but Nashville and Winnipeg fans are just nuts.
Jim Thomas has jumped into the fray with great enthusiasm and Tom Timmermann has been on that watch for a while now. Those two have a lot of fun on the job. JT knows terrible when he sees it, having covered some bad Rams and Mizzou teams, so knew how to describe that 10-game downturn.
I believe No. 91 should play with the top guys and expect the GM to add a proven or player or two for the next two lines. Expecting him to prop up lesser players is not making the best use of his ability. So in addition to returning (they hope) Fabbri and adding Thomas and Kyrou to the competition, the Blues must add at least one Top 6-type forward. And if Fabbri exits in a trade or gets hurt again, then the Blues will need still another proven forward.
That was as dumb as Edmonton trading Taylor Hall. You get guys like that, you keep guys like that. Saad hasn't done much in his return to Chicago. I know there were cap considerations, too, but please.
No, you are not crazy. Nobody wants to play Nashville or Winnipeg.
The Bread Man is up after next season and due a major raise from his $6 million. So if Columbus is smart (and John Davidson and Jarmo Kekalainen are smart), that franchise won't let him get near free agency. He is their only truly elite forward. The Jackets need to dump Dubinsky's salary and re-up Panarin.
I ran into him at the airport. He was in good spirits. He's fine. He keeps a pretty low profile generally and when things are rolling, it's best to keep the spotlight on the players who are winning the games.
While that defensive depth has been thinned some, such a deal would be a classic "hockey trade" that Armstrong speaks. Given the lack of depth in free agency at center, that is worth considering.
And the Sharks would be tougher, since Thornton is working his way back from his latest injury. Kane has been a good fit, for now. Jones has been much better in goal.
The timing wasn't as good. Now the Blues have Parayko, Edmundson and Dunn further down the trail, in support of Pietrangelo. Now the Blues have some young D-man building real credentials. Back then, Shattenkirk didn't want to go to Edmonton in such a deal.
Yeah, the '86 team came so close to winning it all. Had it gotten past Calgary, they would have been a handful for a so-so Montreal team. That team had a great vibe with Jacques Demers working his motivational magic.
A restricted free agent can draw offers from other teams, but then his has the right to match it or accept compensation instead. GMs have gotten out of the habit of making outlandish offer sheets because teams almost always match them anyway. Try to steal a player that way and you make an enemy for life. The unrestricted free agents can sign anywhere, including back with their original team. Shattenkirk was a pending UFA who was adamant about testing the market and moving on, so the Blues traded him as a rental to get a return on him. The team did the same with Stastny, another UFA-to-be.