Allen played very well down the stretch, getting the Blues back into the mix. But, yes, his inconsistency despite working with his own long-time just added to the disappointment over his overall play.
It gets talked about, like making the goals slightly larger or moving to a bigger rink. Owners are reluctant to make such big changes. We see a faster game now, thanks to previous rules changes, and NHL will continue to seek less dramatic ways to loosen things up.
I imagine they will get the same deal Vegas got. And I bet teams will think twice about exposing so many proven players. They will seek smarter ways to address their salary cap.
Their big challenge comes in a year, when Laine and Connor need new deals. I could Little or Perreault moving into play at some point, given their salary, age and supporting cast role.
I expect the Blues to make a good bid to keep Hutton as protection against Allen's inconsistency. And I would expect Yeo to tell them that better goalie of those two will get the starts. If both guys are here, I would expect Yeo to ride the better guy without regard to hurting feelings.
I expect no changes. Berglund got hurt in off-ice training, Fabbri's knee just gave our during routine use and Sanford went down on an awkward bump near the wall.
McPhee, in a landslide. He made every other NHL GM look stupid by comparison. He got to the Cup with their leftovers. Presumably every other GM either regrets losing the player he did in the draft or not getting some of the guys Vegas did via a trade.
Unless Armstrong is a practical joker, why would he make that call?
That would be a realistic assessment. Give him another chance and if it goes well, commit to him for a few more years. And if another team offers value for him in the interim, take the trade.
Bouwmeester has one year left on his contract. And if his surgery is successful, he will play significant minutes here. As for Galchenyuk, he could be an interesting buy-low target. He is a whipping boy in Montreal. But are the Habs dumb enough to sell low on him?
Given Hoffman's ability to click with Duchene -- and the price the Senators paid to get Duchene -- I could see him sticking.If that team wants to rebuild in a big way, now is the time to trade Karlsson.
Yes. That was underscored in both the AHL and World Championships.
As for those Blues contracts, Bouwmeester will have some trade value as a rental later in the season if returns from surgery in good shape. Sobotka will have modest trade value, given his versatility and moderate salary. Same goes for Berglund, with a moderate salary for 20-goal type forward with some size. But Berglund does have some no trade protections and a longer contract term.
As Evander Kane's deal reminded us, teams can lock in their free agents now. I believe Edmundson is headed toward arbitration since the Blues don't want to go longer term with him for another year, when the Bouwmeester contract will off the books.
No idea if he is close to Malkin. Also, no idea why we are getting Sidney Crosby questions.
I would expect the Blues to change up the NHL coaching staff and get a fresh set of eyes on the power play. Success is not complicated with the man advantage, but this crew had trouble instilling that decisiveness and confidence you spoke of.
It would likely be in a package with other long-term assets. The Blues got Parayko, Dunn and Kyrou after the first round and Thompson and Kostin late in the first round. Teams covet prospects (and their cost control), so there is some value in the pick.
They would welcome a newer facility in a less depressing venue closer to where most guys live.
Will Vegas want to re-up Reaves? They have more important guys to lock in. He could be on the market.