Maroon has one 27-goal season, thanks to some heavy exposure to McDavid at even strength. Ty Rattie pumped in some goals this season when he got to play with 97. Otherwise Maroon hasn't nearly as productive as Berglund over the course of his five full NHL seasons. He hasn't done much on the power play, despite being build for the net front presence role. He is physical player capable of adding toughness, for sure, but the league is shifting from heavy to fast. So we'll see what he gets on the market.
That '86 team was almost a Cup winner, but Ornest helped run off Demers and from there it got frustrating. I don't think he ever had a Cup threat after that because he never had the right goaltender. Curtis Joseph came the closest, I suppose, but his postseason track record was spotty.
Fleury was unconscious in the Kings series and LA's offense sputtered. The San Jose series was more of a shootout and I expect to see more of the same in this round.
Colton had more hits, blocked shots and shots on goals this season. It wasn't the massive regression fans think. But he does have a lot of untapped potential. He can be more physical, for sure, and more assertive on the offensive end as well.
It's not quite that far north, but it feels like it in a blizzard. I've had my Jack London moments up there.
Starting to feel Mark Scheifele.
Yes, I see Armstrong in deal mode around the draft. As for Stastny, anything more than $15 million for three years is asking for trouble. With the game getting faster, I don't know if he will get the big money.
As I note each week, Sobotka would be easier to move since he lacks no-trade protection in his contract. He has two years left at $3.5 on the cap hit while Berglund has four years left at $3.85 million. Beglund's the better player, but moving him would clear more long-term cap space. I'd be surprised to see both move, since teams are wresting with their own cap concerns, but there is a chance Sobotka will.
Nah, not buying a major sweater change. Maybe I'm just a old fart stuck in my ways.
He wasn't rushed back last year. Fabbri had full medical clearance to go. Everything checked out. Did the doctors screw up? Was Fabbri just unlucky? We'll never know. This time around the Blues will be extra cautious. And I don't see him playing at 80 percent capacity. The
I'd say Thomas and Kyrou are untouchable because either could spend time in the Top 6 next season. I'm guessing Thompson and Kostin are more touchable, if you will.
Jake can be a bit defensively, although he did fall on the sword after that Chicago fiasco.
Stastny looks better because he is playing two fabulous wingers, Laine and Ehlers, on a team that is flying. His regular season production for Winnipeg looked like what he did for the Blues, but that line as gone crazy in the playoffs. As for the Blues, Thomas, Kyrou and Fabbri all have Top 6 potential, so if Robby stays healthy (a big if, of course) and either of the kids hit early, the Blues could be a LOT better offensively with the addition of a good center.
Sure, if Hutton returns you aren't scared of the goaltending, especially with Husso drawing raves. Armstrong's priorities for the summer are focused up front.
Of course, at no point in his career has Tavares elevated a team the way Kopitar did in LA. Mark Messier he is not. He is a talented guy, but he hasn't been on strong teams with good coaches.
That team will need the cap space long-term as it builds around Eichel and Dahlen, so cap relief is one factor. Are the Blues prospects below Thomas and Kyrou good enough to get his attention? Not sure about that, and the Blues No. 1 pick could come at the end the round, so there is less value in that.
Kari Lehtonen's $5.9 million cap hits comes off the books. This should trigger a state holiday in Texas.
If he can get $18 million for three years, great for him. He is another guy that might pay a price for the league's emphasis on speed.
Subban was minus-9 in the four games Nashville lost. At times he looked a bit tentative out there, but so did many of his teammates. Suddenly that team lost it swagger.
RFA sheet? No. Those have proven futile. Armstrong knows if he went there, he would be inviting payback offers on his future RFAs.
Sure, he is a guy that could be a buy-low possibility. That's a gamble and I'm sure Armstrong would rather target a more proven commodity/.
Those two tournaments did hurt the team this season. As for the overall schedule, though, the Blues are also at the mercy of every other arena and the conflicts there. The schedule was a bit rough, but if they had a deeper and more talented team it would not have been such an issue.
If the Blues could package Thompson or Kostin in with others to get a proven commodity at center, why not do that? But it would have to be a good player in his prime, not a fading talent like Martin Erat -- whom the Capitals got for Filip Forsberg. (Ouch).
I can see Neal exiting for the big dollars, of that group.
Yeah, somebody needs to find his trigger point . . .
I've said all along that the 2019-20 season should be their peak year. But the Blues should bid for a playoff spot next year, barring horrible injuries, and by definition that makes them a contender. If a team is good enough to make the bracket these days, it is good enough to go deep in the playoffs.
Talented guy making huge money. The Oilers can't seem to figure out if he should flank McDavid or center a No. 2 line. Now that the team cleared out Hall and Eberle, not to mention Maroon, it can't assemble two lines.
That's it for this week. Gotta run. See you next time! Have a good weekend.