Parayko has put 209 shots on goal, up 21 shots and counting from last season and 12th overall among NHL defensemen this season. Why do people think he doesn't shoot?
Imagine the shock if they that 1 percent hit!
Yes, he is worth the contract he got. Check all the defensemen salaries on CapFriendly to verify that. But, yes, he could have a greater impact by finishing more checks. I'm guessing that will be a point of emphasis for him moving forward. I don't believe he has hit his ceiling three years into his career.
You have Bortuzzo playing on one leg, Dunn in over his head as a Top 4 D-man, Parayko being vilified by the masses . . . maybe Alex should play both left and right defense and never come out.
I like Berube a lot, but obviously the whole collection of coaches and the who's who list of Hall of Fame advisers offering input on the power play all failed on that front. Hence the need for some staff change.
Keenan's last team was a nightmare to watch. His antics were fun, but he left a mess on the ice.
The cap is bumping up and Stastny's contract is coming off the books. But Edmundson is due a nice raise as a restricted free agent and Hutton will get a nice raise if he returns as an unrestricted free agent. Throw in a raise for Fabbri on, say, a one-year deal to see if he can stay healthy and you have spent most of the Stastny money. That is why Armstrong will look at veterans like Berglund and Sobotka in the offseason. Gunnarsson would have been a trade target, but that injury precludes that. Barring other subtractions, the Blues will have a few million to play with, not enough to make impact upgrades.
I'm letting BenFred and Jesus have that fun, along with Mr. Goold. Can't say that I miss it.
Allen owned up to his poor performance. In fairness to him, he has shouldered quite a load under a lot of pressure. There aren't lot of Jonathan Quicks in the NHL these days. Frederik Andersen has been a hero in Toronto and Sergei Bobrovsky thrives on the heavy workload in Columbus.
I have nothing! This team always does the opposite. So let me do Blues fans a favor and predict a total collapse. That ought to inspire a "Miracle on Ice" response.
Clickbait! The Rams ruined that strategy by getting good. And the Avalanche rose from the dead this year, so I had to lose the whole Kroenkitis bit I had going.
Scottrade needed lots and lots of upgrades. It has some age on it. But as far as ice goes, try to find a modern multi-purpose arena in North America with great ice.
The NHL wants guys who have taken on the big challenges. In Allen's case, he excelled at the major junior level, played for Canada in the World Juniors and starred in the AHL before getting his NHL shot. Not much coddling in his background. That is how NHL teams like it. Confidence is everything for goaltenders and every one is different, so remember that. Guys can reach the highest level and still lack that swagger. Certainly Allen has had his crises in confidence.
On the team rift theory, I don't think is anything unique here. Every team has cliques. The personality range is wide. Stars tend to have their own programs. Cliques can become rifts when the team loses. We heard theories of Team Steen and Team Pietrangelo having at it with hammer fights, yet nobody came out of a team meeting with a black eye. Players are identified as cancers. The Blues could never win with Brett Hull, who subsequently moved on and wins Cups elsewhere. The Blues bring in about 1,000 former Cup winners to provide leadership and win zero Cups with these guys. If I could point to one thing with this team -- and stop me if I get too technical -- is that a fairly high percentage of players on this team just aren't very good.
As for the whole lack of heart thing, if that was true, then this team would have folded like the Blackhawks, Flames and Stars folded this season. The Blues busted butt to get back in the race. Now they look like they are running on fumes, closing out with four games in six days playing a bunch of guys who are in the lineup because there isn't anybody else to play.
Of course, if the D-man just blasts away, there is no chance to deflection and not much motivation for teammates to screen the goaltender. I believe he can become more assertive on offense, but it will take a mix of big shots when there is space, wristers to get through traffic and also shot-passes to set up redirections.
That is a fair assessment. This team just isn't that good. Beyond three or four forwards, everybody else should focus on getting pucks deep and sustaining a cycle. Hey, Tage Thompson, do NOT throw the puck back out high, OK?
Parayko has a better shot than today's Bouwmeester, but once upon a time JayBow had consecutive 15-goal seasons with the Florida Panthers.