Jordan Binnington could always quit and do something else for a living. But he is No. 4 goaltender He did a nice job in 28 games as a back-up for the Providence Bruins last season. Now he gets a chance to move up in San Antonio if Husso moves up. As for Husso, we'll see this season if he is ready to graduate. Armstrong signed Johnson on a one-year deal instead of another back-up specifically to give Husso a chance to progress. He didn't want to block Husso. And if Husso is better than Allen, then he will play.
I could see Fabbri opening on the third line with Bozak, if healthy of course. I could see Thomas opening on the fourth line with Soshnikov and Jaskin. And I could Kyrou opening in San Antonio, unless he dazzles throughout the preseason and lands with Bozak.
Probably Thomas to start with.
I see the Blues as a playoff team so, by definition, they are a contender. But I don't see Panarin signing a contract extension here, so I don't see this team trading even more picks and prospects to rent a winger.
I would take Allen for Mason this season.
Bozak is an asset, well-respected in the league. If everybody stays healthy there could be times when a center plays on the wing. Better to have that sort of depth than what we saw last year.
Each season is different. This year, there was really just a two-game stretch that really threw Jake off. He will either learn to fight through those lulls to become a true No. 1 or he won't. This is his year to make the case -- or not.
I liked Hutchinson too, but I believe Armstrong see Johnson as a willing backup who has done well in that role in the past. Again, once it was obvious there wasn't a clear goaltending upgrade in the market, the idea was to give Husso a chance to grow.
There may need to be some work to do to fill out the San Antonio roster. But, again, the Blues have eight NHL defenseman plus Reinke as the No. 9 with one cup of NHL coffee in his background.
That could happen if he earns the job.
Ah, consistency. It's all upstairs with him. If he can settle himself, he can settle his mechanics and fix flaws on the fly.
Yeah, a lot of guys will get a chance to round out the Top 9. Who knows, maybe Barbashev responds to the competition. Last year he got some minutes by default, like so many others.
Yeah, he's probably lamenting the loss of Patrik Berglund to take at least some of the social media abuse.
He did some bulldozing back in his Kings days, when the team went with big dudes in the Bottom 6. Son of coach Ted Nolan and a rugged lad.
Supposedly everybody is on schedule for camp. We shall see.
Like Is said, he misses Berglund.
A lot can happen between now and 2020. What happens this season will guide the Blues and how to spend the $8.3 million currently going to Bouwmeester and Gunnarsson. The cap could keep rising. And, yes, it's always possible that we could see another Shattenkirk or Stastny trade. The players will decide how it plays out.
Let's see what he shows in camp and how he holds up. The Blues have depth now, so there will be no need to rush him.
Allen was 8-3-1 with a 2.27 GAA in March when the Blues were battling back into the playoff race. So even last year he won big games when the season was in the balance. But, yes, those two bad games in January put Hutton in goal and Allen did not get it back together until March. And obvious he needed to be batter in April, too.
That seems to be the answer on the third sweater.
Playing in the Eastern Conference, lots of short flights, Far less travel time.
He is a different player from Kyrou, who could is a high-ceiling, potential Top 6 forward. Maroon is a supporting cast guy who has fared well 5 on 5 when paired with a good center. But, again, the man has 11 career power-play goals in six-plus seasons. If they can fit him in the cap, great, but I sure don't see the need at this point.
Maybe, but I didn't Jaskin playing above the fourth line if he stayed. And when it comes to blocking, I would see Maroon as more likely to block a guy like Erik Foley. I don't see Kyrou in the NHL unless he is getting some prime offensive minutes and PP times.
Maybe it's beautiful up in Iowa, but is uncomfortably hot here!
Yeah, or the Islanders sounded excited about Robin Lehner.
OK, that is it for today. See you next time!