Holtby stood on his head, and then some, in Game 2 of the playoffs. And Fleury is currently the favorite for playoff MVP. Great goaltending is crucial to postseason success.
In sense, yes, Iron Mike's willy-nilly pressure style is a comparison. But Keenan tended to load up on grit, not speed, and that is why his approach failed him repeatedly in the NHL.
These Capitals and Golden Knights are just having at it, with Washington bringing the pressure just as Vegas does. Let's hope every NHL team is taking notes. This is great to watch.
Not sure that slogan sells many tickets . . .
I doubt that threat will prompt the Blues to just give Allen away.
The Grabner contract was not moderate, it was a steal. There are 274 NHL players carrying a greater annual salary cap hit than Sobotka and a great many of them have less real value in the NHL.
When I say the goaltending market is a mess, it's because about half of the NHL regulars had off years. So a lot of teams are in the same boat as the Blues, hoping their guy bounces back. Maybe somebody is willing to pay a premium for a a goaltending coming off a substandard year, but I'd be surprised. If somebody offers a premium for Allen, I could see Armstrong jumping at that.
Unless they get better goaltending, yes.
A lot of teams will steal stuff from the Vegas game presentation. But then again, this is not Vegas.
Kessel has four years left on his contract with a $6.8 million cap hit. I don't see the Blues jumping at that, given their need at center. And while Pittsburgh could use a lift on defense, adding a guy recovering from major surgery doesn't make much sense. Bouwmeester could fetch something as a rental closer to the next trade deadline, assuming he regains the step he lost due to injuries this season.
The Blues want to play faster and apply pressure. Doing that with a bunch of placeholder forwards proved difficult this season. Hence the need for upgrades.
One, the NHL's expansion rules this time around put more good players into play. Two, the salary cap put more good players into play. Three, GM George McPhee did a brilliant job. Four, coach Gerard Gallant did a brilliant job.
With that team looking to go young, it would seem Pacioretty is the guy to move. Drouin was put in a tough spot last year, playing in the middle. I think there is still something there. Same with Galchenyuk.
Evan Fitzpatrick is a nice prospect and a potential long-term asset, but obviously he is behind Husso in the pecking order. So doesn't crack the top 5.
Salary cap concerns. Also, Murray closed out the Pens' last Cup run as the No. 1 goaltender. You can only keep so many players. Hence all the Phil Kessel trade chatter.
While he couldn't finish the tourney, the Blues announced that he should be fine for the start of camp.
Thanks for the scouting report.
Free agency starts July 1. Teams can chat with free agents during the week preceding free agency.
Zach Sanford showed well the season before in his limited NHL exposure, so there is hope he can bounce back from the shoulder injury. This was a lost year for him. But he will have lots of competition for spot in the Top 9. Blais, Thompson, Foley and Stevens will be there along with Thomas, Kyrou and eventually Kostin if he comes on during his second pro season.
Winnipeg's run to the Final 4 dropped them down to No. 29.
Bettman certainly pushed for the clean-up some time back, but these days player safety precludes the resurgence of fighting. So many tough guys from the "good old days" ended up brain damaged. The NHL tries to pretend CTE is a thing, but the players are well aware. Also, this is a faster game that left one-dimensional ruffians behind.
They can upgrade the offense without trading Parayko. That doesn't mean that a crazy offer for the big kid wouldn't get Armstrong's attention. Remember, the Blues barely missed the playoffs despite losing Stastny in a bailout trade, suffering multiple injury hits and doing nothing on the power play. These aren't the Buffalo Sabres.
There is no league directive. It's more like a team thing. Brayden Schenn fired up the Blues with that one fight, but the Blue don't want him breaking his hand during a scrap. That's not a good use of his high-priced ability.
OK, thanks for all the questions and comments this week. I will see you next time!