I think he could be just fine with Schenn. The Blues would like to get get stronger down the middle, though, so they can assemble a better Tarasenko line along with a Schenn/Schwartz line to create more matchup problems.
He's coming off surgery and he projects as a third-line guy. With the league going more toward speed, I'm not sure there will be a huge market for Maroon. In the old days he might have gotten $4 million per season, but I believe the league is changing.
Well, we'll see. Their 27-and-under talent base is pretty impressive.
Because he was going to get big, big money -- $46 million over eight years from the Capitals. The Blues didn't see him as that sort of player. And despite playing with world-class forward, he finished this season with 47 points in 74 games.
It's a brutal grind for sure. And that is one reason why some really good teams fall flat in the postseason and some teams you don't expect roll on.
The guy who played the lead character in "Goon" was a bit stiff in my option. In his younger days, maybe Vince Vaughn.
I don't think that would help.
If Kyrou breaks out as a 30- to 40-goal scorer, he could get some latitude to cheat up in the defensive zone a bit. But Tarasenko wasn't a defensive disaster. He has stretches of indifference this season, true, but he still set career highs for hits and blocked shots. He was properly engaged for stretches, but at other times his frustration got the best of him. But he also almost 70 percent of his zone starts in the offensive zone and Yeo was deploying as an offensive specialist as much as he could.
Vegas plays a speed game. Ryan skates well enough, but he came into the team late once its chemistry is set. The Blues should take a good look at Reaves if he hits the market. I could see a team with some skilled young guys (Buffalo, Carolina) showing interest too.
His wheels stood out when he was in camp. Better yet, he can actually make plays at full speed, unlike others. Again, with him, it's a question of exerting effort in all areas of the ice.
I'd say Doug is a solid 4. The Blues have been consistently competitive on his watch, with their first Final Four run in 15 years mixed in. If he ever wins a Cup here, then he gets a 5. The Schenn trade was a miracle. Carter Hutton was a value gain. Armstrong has been able to move up in drafts to get potential core players like Thompson and Kostin late in the first round. Recent draft picks like Thomas and Kyrou look golden, particularly where they were taken in drafts.
Solid player, albeit injury-prone. That cap is a bit steep; I would prefer O'Reilly for those dollars. But he could be a solid fit if Boston continues its youth movement.
If they had one owner and one general manager in that time, you would have a point. Many regimes have tried and many have come up short. All Stillman and Armstrong can worry about is building the best teams they can with what is available and take their shot.
Few, if any. Such is goaltending in the league. Hellebuyck was terrible last season, but he was great this season and just outplayed Rinne -- who was awesome for much of the year, but not good enough in the second playoff round. That is why I suggest keeping Hutton, developing Husso and seeing how it plays.
Scott Stevens couldn't be Scott Stevens in today's league. He couldn't make the big hits that made him so feared, so he would have fallen back in the pack a bit.
Actually, NHL players prefer "dressing room" for that area, just as they prefer sweaters over uniforms. Football prefers locker room. It's just tradition.
There was some Russian media chatter about that.
I'd there is a 90 percent chance Kovalchuk returns. I figure the only way he stays is if he can't get at least three years on his next NHL deal. The Blues will check in, given Brodeur's affinity for him, but this team's primary need is center.
Like I said last week, everybody in the NHL underestimated those two, especially Karlsson. The biggest question is why their teams let them go. I suppose it's like with Perron, you see enough of a guy performing at one level, that is what you come to believe he is.