Yeah, I'd hate to be one of the GMs that gave up on Karlsson.
Waddell and Dudley have been around forever, so it's not like Garth Snow is running that front office. The owner is impetuous, but I'd be surprised if they made huge mistakes.
I don't believe anybody on our staff was invited to the team golf outing.
He didn't have the surgery all that long ago. Not sure what his rehab schedule looks like, but I'm the team will monitor the regimen. The Blues are experts in shoulder rehab, thanks to Patrik Berglund.
No. Some day the Coyotes-to-Houston thing could make sense. And I have no doubt the Panthers would be better off in Quebec City.
As great as Brodziak was for the Blues this season -- and as much as Armstrong likes him -- I'm not sure about that second year. The Blues have so many forwards in development and fourth lines could look different in the NHL next season. Otherwise those numbers seem fair for the other two.
That might be worth doing before the next camp.
I don't see any potential 40-goal scorers in the supporting cast. Everybody got to play in the Top 6 and everybody got PP time. You saw the games. While a Barbashev or a Jaskin could do more, they aren't that type of player.
A horrible start to next season and more power-play futility.
The big thing was the deep talent pool they could dive into, thanks to salary cap concerns around the league. As noted earlier, the bulk of those players had established track records. Karlsson's bust out was a shocker, but there were a bunch of David Perrons on the pile. They got a great goatlender in Fleury, they wisely loaded up on D-men and they gained some future assets while also gaining near-term producers, The play was to move many of those near-term producers for more prospects, but the Knights just kept winning and ruined everything.
I believe so. He was a monster. So strong. He would have posted crazy numbers and won additional championships.
I don't know his travel schedule, but there is a draft to prepare for, prospects still playing in junior hockey and there were many Blues in Denmark as well -- including guys looking for new contracts and/or bigger roles next season. I imagine he is more focused on that than the Final Four.
I'd get up early to watch, say, Martina Hingis or Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon back in the day, but this I will pass on.
It looks like Seattle will start in 2021-22.
Yeah, there wasn't much strategy. McPhee has a pretty good idea what he could choose from and lots of dialogue with teams looking for him to pass on this player or that. He had a tremendous opportunity and made the absolute most of it.
Some of those guys will exit to make room for younger players, but Armstrong doesn't want to go into the season with more than two or three kids playing up front. He wants those guys competing for spots and earning their ice time. At times the Blues played guys this season by default and he doesn't want to do that again.
They will lose some guys off of this team to free agency. And they must decide how much to play a guy like Karlsson, a restricted free agent who made just $1 million last season. Can they get him signed to a bridge deal? Marchessault already got his money and it hasn't impacted him yet. And so far these guys haven't flinched under the spotlight with greater expectations.