Yeah, no kidding. Kyle was heroic this season, but he is a fourth-liner.
He has one year left on his contract. So, no, he won't restructure that without an extension.
Backstrom is an elite, elite passer. Interesting call there. The Capitals would want a couple of top prospects and I pick, I presume.
Thomas for sure, Kyrou yes, Fitzpatrick no.
As I have written every week, Armstrong is trying to build something better. Next year should be a step forward for more young talent, then 2019-20 offers the combination of cap space and player maturation that suggests that maximum talent could fit under the cap. Last season was a transition season, as was this one. The year the Blues went to the Final Four was a peak year. Now he is trying to get to another one.
The big trouble in the dressing room was the lack of talent. Lots of stopgap guys played, which, over time, caused the team to lose its edge. The Schwartz injury contributed to that. Would Tavares see a team with Tarasenko, Schwartz, Schenn, Pietrangelo, Parayko, Edmundson and Dunn having some potential to contend during the years to come? Perhaps. Again, a lot teams with ample cap space lack that sort of talent nucleus.
No, but the NHL playoffs are like spinning the roulette wheel. The Blues could build a 120-point teams and fall into a pothole in Round 1.
That would be extremely impressive, as the Kings and Blackhawks will tell you.
Yeah, that was my pick last week. That team is deep, a great mix of veterans and talented youngsters.
Yeah, $10.5 million per year for Price forever is scary, scary stuff. He wasn't as good as Allen this year and Montreal would like to escape that deal.
Yes, both guys are in the last year of their deal.
The Blues would love to earn clean zone entries on the rush every shift and either shoot on the fly or set up to sustain pressure. But only one of their four lines was capable of doing that this year.
If Mike could time travel, he would have likely whipped himself into the sort of shape modern players have. Today's players earn a multiple of the old salaries, so guys are motivated to work.
Berglund's salary isn't bad, since $4 million the standard for established third-liners, but the term is a bit long. Steen has taken a beating over the years and it shows. While the salary was in line with the market, again the term was an issue.
Brady will be something, just like Matthew. What a father/son/son combo.
When Bill and Nancy Laurie threw in the towel and traded Chris Pronger as part of the total bailout.
Opening day, Blais. I believe he is ready. It's a shame he kept getting hurt, but another summer of training should have him ready to add some scoring punch.
He has one year left on his contract, so he will come back and play. He was a plus playing logging big minutes on one leg. They expect a solid "walk" year from him.
I can see him playing all three spots. If he can can backcheck, he will play some next season somewhere.
Not sure about that one, but "Uthoff, you doorknob, you grave-sucking pig" for sure.
The word is they want a young center. They would demand Thomas, to no avail. Kyrou? I wouldn't do that. If Kyrou hits his ceiling that would be huge, and some of that success would come with minimal cap space.
Kind of a meager long-term return. The Blues won a lot of games with Shattenkirk and a Final Four run, but a Connor McDavid-like return that is not.
I am a big O'Reilly fan. Steady 55- to 60-point guy, plays both ends, wants to win. In the right spot, he could become a bigger producer.
Again,Reaves could be a nice add if the Blues address their other needs. Thorburn has been waiver fodder before and could go there again.
He's a pretty proud guy. He was really never right this season. He will have to train hard to come back from the hip surgery, so it will be interesting to see what he has.
Right, the Blues can loan him to another minor league team once his junior season ends.
OK, I think we've covered everything this week. Nothing new happened. So we'll see you next time!