I'm guessing the Blues might have gone two years with Hutton, grudgingly, but now three years. Not with Husso in development and not with Armstrong might have to do something bigger in goal down the road if Allen washes out and Husso either needs more time or isn't the guy. The Blues have an investment in Allen so Jake was going to get one more shot at being the guy this fall and Hutton was going to be Plan B. Armstrong did not see Hutton as The Answer in goal going forward as he continues the build up. He saw Husso or Goaltender TBA as being the next guy if Allen fails.
I threw two concepts out there earlier. But those are only concepts. As I will say from now until doomsday, forward lines are always subject to change -- from game to game and from shift to shift. Across the NHL there were only a handful of really good lines that generally stayed together because they were just too good to break up.
I addressed Schneider earlier. Get back to us during the season after seeing if Schneider gets healthy and regains his old form and after seeing what Jake does.
Maroon is the one guy I'd watch in terms of pace. While Perron, O'Reilly and Bozak aren't speedskaters, they are replacing guys like Brodziak, Berglund, Sobotka and Stastny. Obviously all three can more than keep up, based on their production. Thomas will definitely add quickness to the mix and the speedy Kyrou figures to play at least some NHL hockey this season.
Have not heard on that. But as we did hear, Pietrangelo took an active role in recruiting Maroon and welcoming O'Reilly and Bozak.
Have not heard anything on that. There are no shortage of candidates in town, guys like Jamie Rivers and Terry Yake. Or Cam Janssen, if we're looking to have some real fun with this.
Well, Allen won't likely go through another month like December when he posted a 2.24 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage and won just five of 12 starts.
For all the reliance of placeholder forwards, this was still a pretty good team last season.
Tyson seems pretty happen in the Valley of the Sun, based on his social media stuff. I know Pang made that move once, but that franchise is in a different place right now.
No games for San Antonio here this season. Remember when Peoria played in Barbie's Playoff to break in the Kiel Center during one of Bettman's NHL shutdowns?
Teams have to get under the cap or risk going with a short roster. And teams have been fined in the past for salary cap circumvention, such as playing games with bonuses. We haven't really seen the impact of the onerous salary cap recapture penalties for guys on really long-term deals (designed to bring down the annual cap hit) who don't finish out those contracts. Unless there is some sort of reconsideration in the next CBA, the Canadiens will take a throat shot down the road on their Shea Weber and Carey Price contracts.
Kucherov signed a team-friendly deal. I expect Panarin to get paid. Free agents of his age ability seldom go the distance and hit the market, either as a free agent or a impending RFA leveraging a big extension. Panarin holds no allegiance to a team. Kucherov, like Stamkos, liked playing on a juggernaut in a pleasant locale.
This is why Dallas is persisting in the Erik Karlsson bidding. If I am them, I would stick with my excellent young D and look to spend on forward depth, but the Stars apparently see Karlsson as their ticket back into the bracket. I do wonder about Colorado. Adding a goaltender and strengthening the blue line a bit will help, but MacKinnon carried that offensive last season. They could use better No. 2 and No. 3 lines.
Armstrong's message was clear: The team missed the playoffs, so Armstrong spent on outside help and opted not to go long term with Edmundson this time. He could lose in arbitration, but he'll live with it. While other teams have locked up similar D-men to long money, Armstrong has refused to put Joel in that category. But Edmundson has a breakout season, he could add $1 million to $1.5 million to his average annual value of that next deal when it does come.
Kyrou got an extra year in junior. Kostin is looking at a second year in the AHL. Bokk will play another year in Sweden. Thomas could play right away, but in a sheltered role.
I have not seen it if there is.
Way too early to tell on that. PK, let's see if Bouwmeester really is ready to go for the start of the season. It will be interesting to see if Schenn gets more PK time or less with the addition of O'Reilly. Killing penalties would be a good way to get Thomas some ice time. As for the PP, I'd expect O'Reilly on the first unit taking the draws and attacking the net. Do Tarasenko, Schenn and Schwartz all play on that unit with, say, Dunn? That would leave Bozak, Perron, Pietrangelo, Parayko and Maroon or Steen in front of the net. Not bad.
It should be a fun October, lots of home games with the new guys. But these are the Blues, so getting higher than, say, 8 at any given time in dangerous. There is always an anvil falling from above.