Well, the line sure produced in stretches when they played together. Vladimir frustrated his teammates when he got frustrated so that will be on him to fix that. As for Schenn, if he can make it work with 91 that is another 10 to 15 even-strength points per year, which would be money in his bank on his next contract.
The Blues aren't going to pay a staggering price to rent a player that has expressed clear disinterest in signing an extension. Panarin has a great agent and they know what free agency will look like for him. The Blue Jackets will try to woo him, but that will take some doing. A guy with his talent hitting the market in his prime . . . wow.
That will be a big priority for the team this season. Ultimately it will be up to No. 91 to grow up, just as Brett Hull and Brendan Shanahan matured into great players after going through some of the same stuff.
We know the Blues called to express interest. I heard nothing to suggest that it went anywhere.
Yeo decides the lines and changes them on the fly game to game, as we have seen.
Believe he has another contract year. Could be a depth guy in San Antonio.
I don't know Fabbri's qualifying offer, but those are pretty uniform for guys coming off their entry-level contract. As for MacEachern, the Blues run a full AHL team in San Antonio and they need players for that. His minor league money is a fraction of his NHL salary.
No, the Blues were unlikely to make a big run given all their injuries. Then again, Nashville barely got in the year before and won the conference. Maybe one of the Blues goaltenders would have caught fire.
Hullie being Hullie! I'm sure he laughs at that and million other things from his younger days.
If the right No. 1 center was offered for him, I figured the Blues would listen. Otherwise the guy is a huge asset even if he settles in as a steady 40-point defenseman playing 23 minutes per game. Such guys have tremendous value in the game. And if he becomes more assertive, look out -- his value would skyrocket.
Not sure if Kostin has been offered, but I am sure he has been asked for.
Based on his play in the World Juniors and in the OHL playoffs at his age, yes, he would have been a Top 10 guy.
Keenan had a colorful life away from the rink. But ultimately his roster churn and big, pointless spending caught up to him. Remember, the Blues went corporate back then as Jack Quinn and Mike Shanahan lost their pull.
It's so hard to make the playoffs with parity and three-point games that coaches have to keep their foot on the pedal. Some do a better job than others of easing up here and there, but every coach knows that his team is one six- or eight-game slump away from big trouble.
The Sharks, Bruins and Lightning were all big playoff disappointments last season. And Dallas suffered a total collapse.
The Blues would trade a bad contract for parades any day. As for Backes, yeah, the team dodged a bullet there. Don't hear many fans pining for him these days.
He got banged up more than twice. That is definitely a concern for him going forward. He missed a big chance last season when the team was searching for help.
On the other hand, he hasn't signed a Dexter Fowler or a Mike Leake lately. There isn't dead money on the payroll. He won't outbid the world on a guy just to prove he can.
I don't see the Blues being sellers this season, at least not at the Pietrangelo level. Again, those guys are so hard to fine and the Blues already have a ton of guys in development.