Kids can play quicker, especially the elite prospects. These guys are training like NHLers to get physically ready. Given the money in the game now, these kids have a support team preparing them to make the leap. Look at all the kids that had big years last season, including Dunn.
There is always room for a superstar. Pittsburgh makes it work. Chicago did, too, for a while anyway. The tricky part is paying good but not great veterans on a winning team. To remain cap compliant, teams with superstars need entry-scale kids to fill in the blanks.
Boedker had youth had skill on his side, so he was a bit more marketable to a rebuilding team like Ottawa. But, yes, Armstrong needs to find a way to turn a couple of his supporting cast guys into draft picks to free up spots for the next generation.
I was surprised to hear that Doug Armstrong actually pays attention to some of this stuff, but likely not this time of year. Still, keep bringing those suggestions!
I could see a winning team in San Antonio with these college guys (Foley, Stevens, Reinke) helping fortify the group. The key will be having Husso in goal there, not in the STL -- which could happen if Armstrong can't find the right replacement for Hutton.
I believe the D will return intact. Add at least two rookies up front, a new goaltender and either one or two veteran forwards to the mix. Also, a guy like Sanford didn't help last year but could factor in this season. Ditto Fabbri, of course. So the opening night lineup could vary notably from the one that finished last season.
The Twitterverse starting to pick up some trade vibes . . .
He is helping on the sales side.
He is basically one of the many, many advisers giving Doug Armstrong input on hockey matters.
Both divisions on the Eastern Conference half are busy. Carolina is making changes. Ottawa looks to be bailing. The Rangers bailed last season and that continues. The Islanders are regrouping with Lou Lamoriello. The Bruins appear to be active. The Penguins seem ready to make change. The Red Wings should just rebuild, but they are looking to stay relevant. Montreal has moves to make and Toronto is super aggressive. As for the Blackhawks, they may need to burn a prospect or a pick to dump that Hossa deal. Seabrook . . . good luck with that.
More than that, I believe. Another high pick or top prospect at least.
No question, another big midseason lull would put Yeo in peril. Armstrong expects this team to take a step forward this season. Barring catastrophic injuries, this should be a better team.
Allen and the guy the Blues get this summer. That market is wide open. There is a chance Husso could play his way into that job, if the Blues have to settle for a depth veteran instead of a true back-up.
Everybody yelps about Berglund's contract, but check back to see where his salary ranks once all the summer contracts are signed. He and Sobotka will be way, way, way down in the pack.
If he gets a shot to run his own team, I'm sure Armstrong would let him go. I can't imagine there would be any contract-related hang-up. Ah but when will that change arrive?
Chaser was always blunt and honest, which is why we learned so much about the team by listening to him. If you have satellite radio and listen to the other games, you quickly learn how unique the Chaser-Kerbs combo was. I would not be surprised if the business side trying to move tickets didn't appreciate the candor as much as the fans did. That said, Chaser was always fair in his assessments. If you want happier broadcasts, play better. But as we know, that is not how the business works.
He doesn't see the window slamming after this season. Quite the contrary. So when he looks to make upgrades, he wants to add players who can help past this season, if possible. He would love Panarin, but not as a rental. Skinner could help, but ideally he is a guy the team could keep past the season.
That is hard to say because teams often refuse to admit a player has a concussion. Also, the league is officially in denial about CTE, so it is not eager to broadcast its concussion list.
He has one year left at $7 million. The Predators aren't to trade him after all he has done for the franchise. Beyond this season, though, it could be Juuse Saros time.
i believe that varies from agency to agency. Some of the top player agents have an army of people on call, financial people, marketing people, training consultants, the whole bit. Also, some players have more support than others, like the Tkachuks.
We always discuss contracts in terms of the AAV, the cap hit, because that is all that matters really. As far as Crosby's percentage at the time of his signing, I would have to look that up. It's a nice problem to have, having to calculate PCH. That means you have a great player.
They hover around the break-even point. Failing to reach the playoffs last season was not helpful. On the other hand. expansion fees are very helpful.