Not a lot. This game is too fast. Lose a step these days and it's over. There were a fair number of guys with notable contract term left that get whacked due to that lost step. Lehtera would be a prime example of that.
I'd pick baseball. Players can kind of do their own thing in that sport. There have been lots of diversity of all kinds through the years.
I'd say they are more likely to trade the pick in a package for proven help, since Armstrong has already tried that. Maybe 70 percent.
As Armstrong said after the season, all the guys rumored to be Blues at the trade deadline were still out there. And week after week we've discussed the same names. Kane is off the market and Tavares seems more likely to stay with the Islanders than ever, so there will be more trade buzz at the draft and some new names emerging.
If fans want to take up a collection and pay off his contract, perhaps they can get a say in the matter. But in a marketplace with half the goaltenders coming off of bad seasons, I still believe the best call for now is to keep Allen and Hutton and develop the two prospects. This scenario could change over the course of the season and the market could change.
I think the big issue -- and stop me if this gets complicated -- is that THEY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH GOOD PLAYERS. As noted every week, guys played by default. Kyle Brodziak ended up as the No. 2 center. That led to excessive line juggling and the utter lack of a second power-play unit.
After laughing hysterically, yes.
Not sure he is on the market, but Ryan O'Reilly.
Of course, since the Blues only had to beat other expansion teams to reach the title round. Vegas is batting established franchises.
Oddly, he tends to check in on stuff like this. If I were him, I would stay 3,000 miles away.
Orr got traded after his knees were gone. Gretzky got traded by an asset-stripping owner who was an embarrassment to the league. Bad examples.
Actually, team chemistry allowed the injury-depleted team to make a late push for the playoffs after the Stastny trade, which was a white flag wave by management. That spoke well of the team character and the belief in the head coach.
You never know. The Capitals supposed took a step back after making the big '17 push and they finally got back to the Cup Final. Winnipeg has some guys capable of giving more, like Ehlers and Trouba.
I'd have to look up the initial expansion fee. Vegas was $500 million. And I can't believe what the NHL is getting from Seattle ($650 million!) next go around.
That was his brother in law Bill Laurie.
I could see Parayko continuing to build on his game. That format gave him some fresh perspective and reminded him he can play on the big stage.
OK, that's it for this week. Enough Crosby talk. Geesh. We'll see you next time. Have a great weekend!