Well, he better -- if he is still on the team. He won';t get as many second chances this time around with so much competition.
Bouwmeester will not be a No. 7 defenseman. And if Gunnarsson falls into that role, the Blues will move him for a draft pick once the injuries hit other teams. Armstrong has expressed confidence they will start the season, but, again, that is months away.
Kyrou drew come comparisons to Mike Modano, based his ability to make plays at a high speed. Some guys are fast, some can make plays, but guys who can do both are hard to find. Maybe Thomas can be like a Ryan O'Reilly some day, a nice two-way center.
Obviously Dunn would have to play Top 4 if Parayko moved on in a blockbuster.
That would be a good idea. The parent company of the minor league team will likely push for that.
Let the players decide the game, not the officials.
Armstrong built up to the Final Four team, then started his reload. So it goes in the NHL. Build-ups, a season or two of peak talent, then more reloads. The Blackhawks did a masterful job of reloading around its top three or four guys, which allowed them to build a mini-dynasty.
Right, the Blues are still a long shot.
I believe the team sees $14 million to $16 million to play with, counting on the cap increase and some subtraction.
If they get the goaltending and bolster the front lines, then the question is can the team stay healthy and keep finding new levels as the playoffs unfold. Confidence and momentum as so critical.
No. A lot has been discussed, especially with the endless goaltending interference debate.
Brassard would be a nice target, but Pittsburgh softened its cap hit there with some maneuvering. I know Boston might want to offload the onerous David Backes contract, but I'm not sure the Note is up for a reunion at those prices.
Once he is healthy and playing, that could happen. He would be a nice rental player for a contender, if healthy and if he wasn't needed here. But I do expect him to start next season in the Blues; Top 4.
Maybe not. Let's see where prices go and what the market bears.
Reaves cross-checking a guy to the ice, then scoring a goal -- there should have been a line there.
OK, out of time for this week. See you next time! Have a great weekend and try to stay cool.