There aren't any great goaltenders available via trade or in free agency, so there no compelling options. Odds are Allen returns.
He is about to become an unrestricted free agent. The only trade option is a sign-and-trade, and spending that package on a sign-and-trade would be nuts.Then there is the eight-year contract he would want for upwards of $100 million.
OK, do you think Montreal feels great about Price's eight-year, $84 million contract? Do you think New York is comfortable with Lundqvist at age 36 having three more years at $8.5 million. I referenced those three -- who were all worse than Allen this season -- as a reminder that goaltending replacements do not fall off tree. Hence my case for keeping Allen, re-upping Hutton, giving Husso one more year in the AHL and then reconsidering the position next summer.
They missed the playoffs by one point despite suffering massive injuries hits during a transition year. The Buffalo Sabres they were not.
One, he is a respected team leader. Two, he has no-trade protection. If the right opportunity arose that Steen was interested in, that could happen. But right now both sides seem committed to this relationship.
He actually improved in a couple of areas this season while shouldering a bigger workload, but drifted in too many instances to get an A.
I'm ready for that. Finally learned how to use those cheap jacks that come with cars today.
Sure. And if Tippett is still holding out for a head coaching gig next seaso and the Blues start poorly . . . Actually, I could see him getting a head coaching job this summer. We're seeing some movement in the market.
When a franchise doesn't own a team, then it can lose the game of musical chairs. Las Vegas gave the NHL 31 teams and the AHL was stuck at 30. The Blues were hoping K.C. would jump into the AHL for this season, but an owner for that project didn't materialize. No there are 31 AHL teams will Colorado moving into an expansion team.
I'd say David Backes. And he has a real shot this year.
Agree on the forwards. As for goaltenders, feel free to check out the marketplace and get back to me with the options. If the Blues can keep Hutton, they are covered there.
Paryako is established as a Top 4 guy and there is still massive upside. Dunn is more of a Shattenkirk type, plenty of skill and potential to grow as a PP QB. I'm guessing Edmonton would see Parayko as more valuable and want Dunn and something else such a trade.
From the Blues, he could get into the $2.5 million to $3 million range. Maybe the Islanders would pay him more to start, but I'm not sure there is interest there.
Well, they have an elite defenseman in Pietrangelo, two emerging two-way Top 4 D-men in Parayko and Edmundson and a young PP guy in Dunn, with maybe a 60-point ceiling. For all the fan yelping, Bouwmeester can log big, quality minutes when healthy and both Bortuzzo and Gunnarsson had nice campaigns this season. Then there is Schmaltz, Walman and Reinke.
That would make Backes happy. Could happen. Bruins kept winning with half their forwards out. The Blues would love to have some of the guys they are sitting in the playoffs. I kind of like that pick. I do see the Preds getting back to the Final.
Tavares fills a need position, more so than Pacioretty, but the cap issue is big since Tavares is going to for as close to a max contract as he can get. I don't see him settling for $10 million.