Vegas got a better shot at talent than previous expansions, due to different roster protection rules and the salary cap. Teams used the expansion draft to create cap space and they cleared out some really good players in the process. That factor did not exist during earlier expansion drafts.
At 32, he would have short-term appeal to this team. But if other teams are willing to offer more term (as Boston did with David Backes) then that wouldn't make sense for this team. The Blues are moving toward a younger nucleus capable of contending for a while.
It's a little early, but folks in the NHL are already talking about Montreal's willingness to let Seattle have Carey Price and his remaining contract in 2020. Price's wife is from Vancouver and might welcome a way out of the Montreal fishbowl he is in.
Yeah, and he could have also been a more aggressive buyer at the trade deadline. His goal was to get prospects and picks, plus some talented guys he could move later for even more prospects and picks. And then the Golden Knights screwed up the plan by racing toward a top playoff seed. But he feels great overall because the early success helped the business side and still gained some nice long-term assets.
Hutton, as an unrestricted free agent, would not be protected in that scenario. Allen, based on his strong finish and moderate contract, would stay. Berglund and Fabbri would be exposed, but Sobotka's late push might have saved him.
Armstrong believes in building from the blue line out, so Dunn has been a godsend for him by becoming the New Kevin Shattenkirk so quickly. Edmundson has developed nicely as well and I've liked Parayko's game down the stretch. The Blues are stronger than most (but not Nashville!) on the blue line. Just look at what is happening to Chicago.
As mentioned earlier, Bouwmeester will be coming off surgery next season and may even miss time. Now Gunnarsson is coming off surgery as well. That impacts the scenario quite a bit. Edmonton would presumably want Parayko or Dunn (plus something else) for Nugent-Hopkins and that would give pause for thought.
When he does play the point, he does move with the puck -- something he does better than some others on the team -- and he gets to different attack points on the ice to use that snap shot. He is a good passer, too, and that role helps him play some quarterback, too, since he draws attention. He's not Ovechkin, who just wants to stand in one spot and hammer one-timers at the net. He is pretty versatile offensively and the Blues are trying to use that.
Parayko is the better two-way player, built to log huge workloads. Dunn is more offensively skilled but more vulnerable in those tough matchups against elite opponents. I assume Parayko has more trade value and that Dunn would have to go in a package to get a top player back. Given Parayko's established Top 4 status, I would be less inclined to trade him than Dunn. But Vince is coming fast, so that assessment could change if he blossoms into a 50-point D-man.
OK, thanks for all the questions and comments. Time to move on. See you next time!