I'd be surprised if either player was in such an offense, much less both.
Fans pushed hard for this all year in the chat. I see Patrick as a third-line upgrade. He has produced 5 on 5 when he played with a skilled center (like McDavid) but he hasn't been a big power-play factor -- just one PPG last season.
If the Blues miss the playoffs the next four years, yes, Armstrong will be in trouble. If they miss the next two years that could doom him. As for how the Blues can win it all, look at Nashville and Vegas playing for the Cup without one of the NHL's superstar scorers. Both got great goaltending from veterans and both got better and better as the playoff run progressed, with players up and down the lineup producing.
I see Patrick as a good third-line guy. Until this team accumulates more offensive depth through other moves or player development, he could play up higher for a season or two if he came here. That would be a necessity thing.
There is urgency, but there is no magic wand here. The Blues could have a peak amount of talent for the 2019-20 and a postseason threat for many years after that if they stay the course. In today's NHL, 12 to 14 teams will go into the playoffs with a chance to win it all each spring. Thanks to the salary cap system, we will rarely see huge favorites emerge. All the Blues can do in get into that group of 12 to 14 and try to take their run.
Lindholm is an interesting guy. He wanted big money before he produced big results. He is a skilled guy, but the rebuilding Hurricanes didn't see him as part of the future. Calgary is taking a bit of risk there, but the Flames wanted to move Hamilton so there they are.
The media will mourn the loss of Carter Hutton. He was the ultimate go-to guy. Upshall was great too. I don't know where we will go to get the quips. Maybe Armstrong will weigh that factor when he talks to other teams and to free agents.
I have seen zero names linked to the Blues on that. Khodobin has told the Bruins he is leaving, but I assume he is getting a starting gig elsewhere. Right now I have no goalie intel on the Blues.
Teams are more reluctant that ever to move their draft picks because players on entry-level deals are golden during the cap era. Every team needs them. Teams are more willing to trade prospects once they see which ones might or might not have a near-term fit for their team.
Tyler Johnson is a great example of how dominoes could fall once Tavares relocates. Nylander could be another, but perhaps down the road.
I'd take Allen all day over Cam Ward. That guy has had ugly ratios over the years. At least Jake has had stretches where he has been outstanding.
His base salary is $1 million this season and in each of his remaining seasons. After this season, O'Reilly gets a $5 million summer bonus, then gets the $1 million in salary. This was a lockout-proof contract.
Ah, but it seems Beagle is headed to Vancouver. Likely can get more money/years there as the Canucks move on from the Sedin Era.
I believe you mean Connor Bleakley, a fifth-round pick in 2015 who went back in the draft after Colorado didn't sign him. He spent most of last year in Tulsa of the AHL. That was a gamble worth taking, but it didn't pay off.
JVR is one of the consolation prizes for teams that miss out on Tavares. He is 29 and likely to get a six-year deal from somebody, probably for more than $40 million. Boston, New Jersey and Montreal after some of the teams that might be willing to pay up. The Islanders could go for him and Bozak if Tavares bails.
I have no sense of a huge deal coming, no. Armstrong has been out at the developmental camp, watching the kids. From time to time he will leave to take a call on his cell. He has a great poker face anyway, but there hasn't been much buzz around the team.
God bless Sudsy, but he couldn't coach certain guys -- guys who went on to long careers, like Rod the Bod, little Cliffy Ronning and Geoff Courtnall. And Caron was always too eager to make a trade once a player fell out of favor. The Blues made a lot of splashy adds when Jack Quinn seized control of things, but think of all the talent that got away. Man.
David is a solid mid-level scorer and such guys get paid surprisingly well in the league. Perron has been all over the place in his career, yet he still has many suitors.
Not the best-lit place in the world. The Blues are eager to get to the new place next year.
Faster than the other prospects, but it will be interesting to see him face NHL guys in preseason play this year. Can he get loose on the rush and can you use that speed to get on the puck on the forecheck?