Hey, if makes you feel better . . .
Good luck finding that trade after a season that saw several big-name goaltenders blow up and/or get hurt.
Well, it's one of the hardest jobs in sports. Why does only a small percentage of elite pitching prospects become consistent winners at the big league level? Same thing. Facing the best adult players in the world is far different that facing good teenagers. Top NHL players have lightning releases. They shoot harder, hit spots and hide the shots., The game is faster and the guys crowding the net are bigger.
The Blues bring in lots of alumni for different events. Bring them all in at once . . . yeah, that would cost some coin. A small percentage of them have settled here.
The Blues need to make a major upgrade at center. Adding another scoring winger would be great too. That, better healthy and some player development would put them in the bracket next season. Another year of development for the young guys would put them on track for a big 2019-20. As for Gunnarsson, his injury makes it harder to trade him. So that is a big deal. Right now he is expected back for the season, so the Blues may still be willing to trade somebody else while he heals.
I like the Blues for their salary cap flexibility, their depth/quality on defense and a group of young forwards that can match what Chicago has. Also, Crawford's injury has to be unsettling for the Blackhawks.
Yeah, and some had to do some hard time before moving on.
Fans complain if the Blues make the playoffs every year and then bow out. But they also complain if the Blues miss the playoffs while trying to build a team capable of making a deeper run. Stillman agreed to this plan and he will see it through. If it doesn't work, he will try a different plan.
Anything the team gets from Fabbri will be a bonus. There is no way to count on him.
The Jets had a chance to build up talent while missing the playoffs during every year of their existence. The Predators have endured many build-ups and tear-downs while searching for their first Cup. Right now they are in a good cycle, but they have had plenty of bad ones under David Poile.
No, because the NHL coaching market remains unsettled. More coaching changes seem likely. Once all of that hiring and firing is done the AHL market will be clearer.
Larry wasn't nearly as bold as Armstrong. And drafting on his watch wasn't as good as the drafting in the recent Armstrong years.
Thomas will play for the Blues next year. Tkachuk will go long before the Blues draft. If the Blues make a trade, I believe it will be moving the No. 1 for Winnipeg to get veteran helps vs. moving up in the first round.
Sobotka should be an attractive piece to move. Schmaltz seems trapped here, so he could move too. Berglund has no-trade protection, but he could be approached..
I would see improvement next season, then 2019-20 offering big upside -- lots of points, a high seed, a shot play for the Cup. But as we always note, a really talented team goes into the postseason with zero guarantees. Fans hate to hear that when they have waited decades, but there is nothing the Blues can do to build a team with Warriors-like playoff expectations.
That presumes Hutton will draw starting goaltender offers. Maybe he will. As for Allen, the Blues could trade him.
Yeah, the Toews, Kane and Seabrook contracts will make any rebuild difficult. But that is a willing price to pay for winning Cups. I'm with you on Panarin; the rest of the division celebrated his divorce from Kane.
The Blues may get more done with trades than with free agency. There aren't that many NTCs to work around.
I noted the need for more edge earlier this week. While the Blues are more robust than angry fans will admit, they need to get regain their tenacity.