Well, they want to make a move. So do 20-plus other teams, so as GM Doug Armstrong is telling us, the offseason work won't be easy. It could play out over a period of time and the team won't make a move just to make one.
Good question, which is more important -- cornerstone D or true No. 1 center. Both are rate. Conventional wisdom had teams building from the blue line out. But in today's NHL, smaller puck-moving D can be effective and elite centers have tremendous value. As for Parayko, he has tremendous upside and the centers most often discussed (O'Reilly, Nugent-Hopkins) are good No. 2 centers. Draisaitl is the next level up. Same for Panarin, but as a winger.
Sort of. Upshall has proven finishing skills. Even last year he was a decent skate-and-shoot guy. Soshnikov has potential, but we need to see more. Both guys can be agitators, getting up in the grill of their foes.
Armstrong does a good job hiding his cards. And he enforces a pretty sturdy cone of silence around his massive hockey staff.
If I'm Jarmo, I'd at least want Kyrou, the first-round pick and another solid asset. That is a bit more than a top rental would fetch -- and Panarin could end up being a rental asset this season.
Trotz had a clause in his contract that gave him a $300,000 raise if he won the Cup. That would have pushed his pay to $1.8 million. He wanted much more, the team said no, so exercised the resignation clause in his contract and quickly signed for five years for more than $20 million with the Islanders. There was a lot of tension between Trotz and management. He barely avoided getting fired during the season.
Panarin is a special, special offensive player. I'd go with the Bread Man. Obviously the Blues would like to land Artemi one way or another, this summer or next summer, without moving Jaden.
And the Blues aren't trading both of the top 2. Right now there is no buzz on Draisaitl, with Oilers focused on turning their 10th overall pick into a decent right-shot defenseman.
Agreed. Any team pay more than a rental price for Artemi will need to get him under contract.
I wouldn't give up Thomas because the Blues need him to play center for the next 10 years. But, year, it would take a big package to get Panarin.
Interesting guy. He was once a top prospect, but he washed out of two organizations. He and Mrazek are similar that way. If only the Blues had a true goaltender whisperer . . .
As for J.T., I'm sure the Blues are ready to pay to get him. But the Islanders can offer max dollars and eight years. If he passes on that, I have to believe that San Jose will have the next best shot. Toronto will go big, too, even it means moving Marner or Nylander at some point.
Under. Not hearing that they are close at anything and Armstrong has been preaching patience this week.
No, it's not over under it's over. But the clock is ticking. The Islanders have made their pitch. Now he must decide whether he wants to listen to other teams or take their deal.
Nothing will happen this summer to make you feel better. Either Allen will become more consistent or he won't. Either Husso will progress into a NHL-caliber option or he won't. The Blue figure to lose Hutton and add another veteran, either a proven back-up or a depth veteran willing to play in the AHL if needed.
Why would the Devils trade Hall? I don't see how that is even an issue. As for Parayko, the Jackets are strong on the blue line. I see them needing firepower up front to agree to move Panarin.
O'Reilly is younger and better than Stastny. That deal would be with exploring. As for Stastny, there is a chance he gets overpaid again as he benefits from supply and demand again.
I believe all the NHL-level RFA guys were getting offers. Upshall is a UFA and Armstrong said good-bye.
You talk to everybody you have interest in. Ultimately you focus on those guys you have a real chance to getting. That market establishes itself quickly. Agents use different techniques for paring down the list of suitors and letting them make their pitch. Typically the top guys will invite certain teams to come make their presentation.