Caps-Jets would be great fun, but Blues fans are going to be tortured either way.
Probably a similar percentage. Armstrong noted that the staff lacked sufficient experience this season.
Yeah, Marc-Andre Fleury was not exactly a fringe guy. Same for James Neal.
I believe he will serve as an adviser, yes. That was mentioned in a profile of new coach Jim Montgomery on the Stars site.
Haven't heard anything lately but the expectation was that would be ready around the start the of the season.
Yes, there are times the forwards need to focus on getting more pucks into the mixmaster. This team was oddly tentative all season on the power play.
We tough on Brassard last week. Armstrong has done business with the Penguins before and Brassard didn't exactly shine with the Pens. He could bolster this lineup and buy Thomas developmental time, And like you say, the trade price might be favorable.
You know, there just aren't many new topics to touch on until something happens. I believe we are in for a newsy summer that will set up an interesting training camp, but we need some news!
I expect changes in the coaching staff and I would expect an addition to that staff to be made with the power play in mind. That was a joint failure last season, but I do see the staff getting some fresh eyes on it.
This is a so-so market. I do think the stars like Tavares will always get their money, but I believe we have already seen the cap system work against veterans edging into their 30s. Teams are playing more and more kids with their minimal salaries. That trend is already there. Baseball followed suit without a cap system, but for the same reason. They have analytics guys who are guiding the decision-making.
There is no reason for a team with a strong prime-age nucleus to tank multiple season to get high picks to hopefully get a stud player who might some day lead them to glory. And, no, St. Louis would not endure years of deliberate tanking well. Stillman's ownership group doesn't want to lose $100 million and hope that another Sidney Crosby came along.
It's a great story. But it will likely be recalled as one of those unique one-off stories. It will be interesting to see how some of these guys get huge contracts and how those huge contracts impact their play.
Prokhorov spoke a little bit. He had been around the international block a few times. Korolev was really shy, but he was a quick study. Culturally, they were in for a big shock because Russia was not all that far removed from the Iron Curtain days. These guys would walk into a grocery store and marvel and all the fresh fruit and vegetables. Those were scarce in their country.
Good one.Is Ed Houston still alive?
Pittsburgh did win two Cups with a shallow D corps, but they were so talented up front. It's tough to lean on two defensive pairings in postseason play -- given the wear and tear of more physical play -- but it's happened. Actually, the game has changed to reward home-run passing by D-men and D-men moving up as forwards, so depth and talent there should be a plus. As it happened, Nashville didn't get enough from its blue line in the playoffs.
Yes they should.Vegas is making GMs looking at roster construction differently. That is a good thing. More speed and skill please! Before GMs hated to put skilled kids in their bottom six forwards, but now a guy like Kyrou could play in the bottom six, get second power-play unit time and maybe get 10, 11 minutes of playing time. Worth a try, no?
Staal is a solid two-year player, but he is under contract until 2023 with a $6 million cap hit. No thanks. Rask has four years left with a $4 million cap hit. Since he hasn't reached his full offensive potential, I'd take a pass on him as well.
The NHL Draft could be newsy for the Blues. We'll write plenty of pucks at that time one way or another, before, during and after.
Parayko is a very good asset. I'm sure the Blues are most reluctant to trade him, especially since his game has so much more room to grow. His work at the World Championships is turning heads. But if a true Top 6. prime-age forward with the right contract was offered in return, Armstrong would have to think about it.
The Blues have analytics people to help both the coaching staff and the front office. Thomas Cason was their director of analytics.