As to the Hutton question, he is starting tonight. If he stars, then it's reasonable to expect him to either start in Colorado or come in at the very first sign of trouble.
This question isn't relevant to the Blues, who do not have their first-round pick in the coming draft. That belongs to the Flyers.
That sounds about right. Some of the guys we see could be guys we've seen earlier, like Blais and Sanford.
As I recommended about 10 days ago, investing in Hutton makes a lot of sense because Allen is signed to a moderate contract and Husso could use additional work in the AHL once the Blues control their own team.
That is how the Blues are supposed to play, but they have deployed a bunch of guys who are either unwilling or unable to play that way shift after shift. Hence the need for fresh blood up front next season.
Brodziak has been a great story but, yes, it's a really bad sign when he somehow rises up to second-line status. That just shows how depleted this team was up front.
Yes, there will be fresh faces. In addition to the increased competition from the army of young forwards and the return of Fabbri, I expect at least one major move and probably two -- adding both a center and a winger.
Hot, but I can't eat more than seven or eight of them at this life stage.
If the Blues can win tonight in regulation or overtime, they would have 94 points and 41 ROW victories (regulation and overtime). ROW is the first tiebreaker. The second tiebreaker is head-to-head points and the Blues own that. So if the Blues can pick up a loser point Saturday, they advance. If Colorado beat the Blues in OT, they would tie the Blues in points, tie the Blues in ROW but lose out in head-to-head points.
Well, they can try. But half of the league had goaltending trouble this season. Many established stars struggled, got sick or got hurt -- or some combination of the three. As for Armstrong's reaction, it was a lot like the team's reaction when he traded Stastny. The Blues would have a spot clinched but for that trade.
The Coyotes locked Raanta into a long-term deal. They did the same with Kuemper, so that team is not shopping for a goaltender
Thomas and Kyrou have Top 6 potential. So does Fabbri. Perhaps Blais and Kostin get there as well. Those guys plus the addition of outside help should move the Blues much closer to contention. Teams need three strong lines to have a real chance and the Blues were miles from that by season's end.
In that scenario, the Avalanche would have to pull their goaltender in a tie game. That could really happen.
It will be interesting to see how the Predators handle the pressure of being the overdog for a change. A second-round battle with Winnipeg would rock. The Jets could take them down.
He didn't look out of place. He can move the puck and he is mature after a full college career. Right off the bat he could play big minutes at San Antonio and fill in as needed with the Blues. I don't see crazy production from him, but he make the accurate passes needed to beat the forecheck and trigger the transition game. He could become a third-pairing guy.
True, but your goaltender can't allow the bleeders. Pucks that slip through pads or under the armpit can suck the life out of the skaters. Similarly, big saves can energize the team.
There is a 1 percent chance of the 15th pick turning into the No. 1 and a 0.9 percent chance of it turning into the No. 2. Otherwise it is the 15th pick, which is where the Flyers would select.
Unless a team makes a great offer for Thompson, I'd hang on to him and develop him. Trading him this summer could be selling him at his low point in value -- unless there is a team that is so smitten that they overlook his struggles at the NHL level this season.
Right. Yeo said Allen is getting a mental break. In fairness to Jake, he shouldered a heavy load to get the Blues back into the hunt.