Nope. This is pretty much the dead period. I was surprised to see Carolina and Arizona make a deal, a minor as it was.
I'd say about 60 percent chance of retaining Hutton. He likes it here and the Blues need to protect themselves on Allen. Unless another team comes along with a starting job -- which doesn't seem likely -- the Blues should have a better-than-even shot at retaining him. The fact that two teams went outside the NHL to sign back-ups made this more of a buyer's market for goaltenders.
Armstrong has every intention of adding a Top 6 forward this summer. He has the cap space to do so.
Not far, since they missed the bracket by one point after sacrificing Stastny for future assets and suffering many injuries. Obviously Armstrong needs to make a major addition or two this summer and obviously the Blues are counting on some forward prospects to take the sort of step Vince Dunn took on defense this season.
Armstrong likes the idea of Thompson playing there. You saw his patience with the puck on his assist. His wingspan would be valuable at that position defensively and he does have a nice feel for the game.
The usual demands for such players: Top prospect, No. 1 pick, NHL player with some term and some game left. With Armstrong hanging on to Thomas for sure and very likely Kyrou and Thompson, that wouldn't be an easy trade to make. Also, Buffalo can draft a Top 4 defenseman in Dahlin and get instantly better on the blue line.
No preference, but I must say that Winnipeg's fans have waited forever for some more NHL fun.
Surprises like the Schenn deal are rare. It's easy to figure to good trade fits. Who could have guessed the Flyers would move Schenn and take back Lehtera while getting two non-prime first rounders? That team already seemed on the cusp. A team taking Lehtera in a trade was unimaginable. So sometimes teams do unexpected things. We know the Blues want a center and would also look at Top 6 wingers. We know they prefer targets with more than one year left on their contract. Armstrong admitted that much of the speculation around the trade deadline focused on things he is still interested in.
Boy, some deals are best not made! Hertl has been teasing GMs for years but he has not become the sort of cornerstone player to fetch that sort of return. Off the top of my head I can't think of another near miss.
Given the staggering price for Tavares in terms of his salary demands, it would be hard to another major addition on top of that one. We could see an accompanying trade sending away a mid-level veteran for a draft pick for the purpose of creating additional cap space.
The same names come up every week: Mike Hoffman, Max Pacioretty, John Tavares, James vanRiemsdyk. I've tossed out Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan O'Reilly as players I love, but that doesn't mean they are readily available for trade. I could see Tampa Bay looking to move Tyler Johnson for cap reasons. Joe Thornton as a short-term add would be intriguing.
Flip a coin! Winnipeg had a chance to take a big edge and failed. Same goes for Washington and Vegas. Tampa Bay has looked way better than Boston the last two games, so I'd pick the Bolts there. But the other series, who knows. A bounce here, a bounce there and the series can flip.
Obviously Buffalo laughs at that. Dahlin is better than Lidstrom at this age, according to Lidstrom. He's not going anywhere. Swap Dunn for Parayko and maybe the Sabres listen to that for O'Reilly alone.
I've spelled out my affection for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan O'Reilly many times. Watching them play today in the World Championships only added to my affinity. Edmonton and Buffalo seem resistant to trading those guys, but I'd try any ways. One of those players could make a big difference on this team.
Oshie, Backes, Perron, Stastny, Reaves. Eller was a Blues prospect and the great Brad Hunt (Vegas) had a cup of coffee with the Blues.
Stastny was productive here this season. His 13 points in 19 regular season games for the Jets isn't dramatically better than his 40 points in 63 Blues games -- and the Jets are much deeper up front.
Again, flip a coin. Tampa Bay looks better than Boston right now and Rask is wobbly for the Bruins. But that can change. And nothing separates the teams in the other series. The NHL playoffs are so cruel. Luck and injuries often decide these series. All a GM can do is get a team into the bracket in reasonable shape and hope for the best.
Well, he can't stay healthy in the NHL. And his experience in Toronto likely soured him. I imagine the Blues will want to offer him a contract and keep his rights. Given the fact this team has million third- and fourth-liners, it would not be a huge loss.
Sure, he has won at every other level. As a player, he drew much praise for his leadership ability. He was a walk on at Maine who ended as captain and a 95-point center on a team that won the national title.
Trading Tarasenko would be dumb, given his age, productivity and moderate salary by current standards. I like the players you mentioned, but I couldn't see them landing all three. Keep No. 91, add a key piece or two and let the remaining young forwards improve the team through constant competition.