I'd take O'Reilly over Johnson, more of a true No. 2 pivot while Johnson is probably a 3. Panarin is a true star, a level up over those guys.
That team is not awash in depth scoring. I can't imagine a trade fit there, pick for a player. They would trade Sam Bennett, but he's been a bust.
Armstrong is trying to make the team better. His job is not PR. If he does his job, the Blues will have a more exciting product. They have been consistently competitive on his watch and have the core group needed to remain so.
There were other issues, too. As the Senators GM notes, his dressing room was broken.
Of course that would be the choice.
Elliott was OK when healthy for the Flyers last year. He would be fine in a back-up role here if Philly moves on. As for Backes, the Bruins would have to eat a lot of contract.
All of the above. The Hurricanes have multiple players on the block. For Skininer and his expiring contract, I imagine they would lean toward long-term assets. For guys like Hanfin, Faulk and Lindholm, I imagine they want more immediate help.
That was a sweet move by San Jose, ditching an unwanted player and gaining a nice package of draft picks in the process.
So many targets for the Blues and so much competition. They don't seem close on anything right now, so there is no way to guess. As for those possibly departing, Sobotka and Berglund were discussed at the trade deadline and could be discussed again.
I'm still guessing trade, one way or another.
Kunitz will go to the net, but the NHL is getting to fast for him. Grabner can skate, but he is a third-liner who can't help a power play. Plan B needs to be better than that or why bother.
He is on the last year of his contract, so typically the package starts with a first-round pick and a prospect would get that done. Then you add another piece, since he has a full season left, or a lot more if he is willing to extend his deal.
Yes, this will be a busy summer. Thank the Golden Knights for lighting a fire under many, many GMs.
The Blues have attracted elite players in the past and will continue to do so, although the primary method of team-building will remain the draft. There will always be guys that want to play in New York or LA or up in Toronto. But it's not St. Louis is Raleigh.
There is zero trade value for Backes unless Boston eats significant contract. The game is getting faster and Backes is not.
It will be interesting to see what the Blues think of Lehner. He was once a great prospect, but he never settled in. You can't blame all of that on his surroundings.
That team is clearly building for the long haul. If the Rangers trade a pick, it will be to move up in the draft or add somebody in their prime or younger. Merkley would be a good bet for a team with multiple first-rounders. High ceiling there. Could be the next Shattenkirk, though.
Yeah, when the NHL gets back to the table for a new collective bargaining agreement, that would be an issue to address. Some GMs have done a great job playing the system.
He could get traded, since Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said as much today. Now if he refuses to consider a contract extension anywhere, even the STL where his guy Vladimir Tarasenko plays, then that limits the bidders to teams in "win now" mode. If he insists on testing the market in 2019, the Blues would be in on that. If he is just a rental player, other teams might show more interest.
That would make sense from the Blues' perspective, but he has no-trade protections and the deal would make no sense for Arizona. I haven't seen any credible reporting on that.