Apparently this was well-known around the organization for some time. Players talk to other players and GMs usually talk to their top players about trades, but I would be surprised if this was a complete secret.
There will be other back-up options. Bernier did a nice job last year when healthy. Ditto for Khudobin. Who knows, the Flyers could move on from Elliott if they get another starter.
Yeo has tried to move the Blues from the "heavy" style under Hitchcock to a quicker style. And there is more work to do with the whole league trying to play a faster game.
Since I have no idea which players will be on the team, I'll pass on that exercise. And as I note almost every week, fans love line combinations more than coaches. There is a relative handful of established forward lines in the entire league.
Not aware of any protective orders or much discord, really. The team's big problems last year including injuries, a terrible power play, too many placeholder forwards and Allen's inconsistent goaltending. Any time team loses its edge like this one did, for the reasons above, then the usual team cliques can become something more. But where guys brawling in the dressing room and running each other off the road on the way to Morton's? No.
Players that don't make the playoffs aren't as valuable as players that win. Any player that would prefer to miss the playoffs to avoid injury won't last long. Some players are insured to some degree, but players can suffer a months-long injury in a training camp drill. The risk of postseason play is one that almost everybody takes on willingly.
Can't think of just one. Every guy that would be a nice fit here is also being pursued by several other teams. And some of those guys may never become available. So we sit back and watch it unfold. Armstrong has a habit of surprising us when he does make a move.
Assuming Tampa Bay would consider this move for cap reasons, that is about the right price. Yzerman would likely hold out for a player with a higher ceiling or another prospect.
Yeah, really good minor league coaches get their chance in the NHL, either as an assistant or as a head coach. But having a series of really good coaches beats having a mediocre guy in place forever.
I expect a significantly different look up front for the Blues next season, with the addition of prospects, the return of injured guys and a move or two this summer by Armstrong.
Maybe $10, the cost of one cocktail at a mid-level Vegas bar.
Extremely likely Allen is still here. Could a deal with, say, Buffalo happened with the team also retaining Hutton? Sure, but Armstrong won't just give the guy away.
I could see Dunn moving in such a deal, but the Sabres are drafting Dahlen and seem likely to keep Ristolainen, so that may not be the fit.
I could see the team adding a winger in addition to a center. But, again, the bidding for both in the trade market or free agency will be intense.
That team cherishes Parayko.
The end of the first round is a giant pile. The Blues should probably make defense a priority, given their army of forward prospects, but there are a lot of forwards projected at the end of the first round: Jacob Olofsson, Martin Kaut, Ty Dallandrea and Dominik Bokk are four examples.
Yeah, I don't care all that much about the arena renovations or the third sweater. And it's great to debate line combos in season, once the pieces are in place, because we can discuss how the pieces fit (or don't fit) together. I wish more coaches would have more set lines because I believe the benefit outweighs the negative, but most coaches live shift to shift. The Avalanche maintained a clear No.1 line and dared teams to stop it. And it worked!