Assuming the Blues are willing to spend $12.5 million per year on one player for seven or eight years -- a big if -- they would have to bid against his current team and other suitors for him. As unrestricted free agent Tavares can go where he wants. He can stay put, he can either sign with a particular team or he can force a sign-and-trade to a particular team. So, sure, this is a longshot for the Note.
Schwartz could be a captain some day. Schenn plays like one too. But blaming Pietrangelo for this is like blaming David Backes for the first-round exit against Minnesota a few years back. A lot when into this team coming up short, despite a nice push at the end.
There is no magic there -- quicker player and puck movement and guys attacking the net for second- or third chance. The Blues were generally indecisive with the man advantage this season and teams came after them as a result. Quicker movements makes teams pay for coming hard for the puck. You catch penalty killers on the move, creating shooting and passing lanes.
I could see Hutton getting $2.5 million to $3 million per year. Does another team see him as a starter worthy of big long-term money? That seems unlikely, but the league has been full of surprises lately.
I expect Stillman to remain committed to this project for years to come. The franchise has built up its revenue and the team seems positioned to post winning records for years to come.
Armstrong looked beyond this season when he made the Stastny trade. His goal wasn't to just make the playoffs this season, he is goal is to build a real Cup contender. This was Year 2 of that plan. You can criticize the plan, but it makes sense for a team that has never won a Cup. I graded him on his work within the plan. As for Yeo, he didn't have enough talent to be a sure playoff team this season. He gets an A for rallying the team after the Stastny giveaway but a F for the power-play breakdown.
The Vegas sweep was a surprise. The top Kings were coming off big seasons and they brought a ton of playoff experience in the series. We knew Vegas would play fast and hard, but sweeping a playoff-tested team? That was something.
Allen came out and said he needed to play better, more consistently. He stood up and took the blame for the one Chicago loss. At times his frustration may have led to bad body language, but then again top Blues D-men have been guilty of letting forwards loiter in the crease.
I see Thomas making it for sure. Blais could be ready, if he can stay healthy. Kyrou figures to see some time, but he may ride the shuttle as he adapts.
He didn't do much in the OHL playoffs, which reminds that he has work to do. The Blues have no input on his usage for Chicago, but the Wolves would be wise to at least give him some power-play work.
This team needs a center and a scoring winger. If there is still room to work after that, he could be a nice fit coming back here.
They are somewhere in the middle. Many Hall of Fame players have done time here.
I imagine is a back-up option, to be explored if the market sours on him and if the Blues can't add a prime-age center to strengthen the team down the middle. The salary and term would have to be right.
There are so many outstanding players of this era, I don't see that. He will have to play a long, long time and put up longevity numbers.
This team is closer than the Islanders anyway. One thing JT will is that teams with huge cap space available are usually terrible. San Jose is an an exception, assuming the Sharks don't re-up Thornton.
That would have been a nice deal, but you can't blame Shattenkirk for passing on a deal in Edmonton to sign in his native New York.
Fans like to blow up teams, but GMs with significant talent don't like blowing up teams. Anaheim is the closest to that consideration, given the age/salary of Getzlaf, Perry and Kesler. But that team has a good young goaltender, lots of talent on defense and a couple of good young forwards too.
I doubt the Blues get to point where everybody is healthy and here. Schmaltz needs a one-way deal, so either he moves on in a trade package or somebody else does.
Quenneville would draw heavy bidding if he ever hits the market. Hence the Blackhawks' decision to hang on to him after a rough year. This team's failure can be blamed on salary cap woes, Crawford's injury and the dreadful Panarin trade. Nice young forwards coming along, but the D . . . yikes.
The Blues made one of the best trades of the year getting Brayden Schenn. Armstrong isn't skittish at all. I expect him to explore all avenues this summer and make at least one major addition.