Certain markets will get a lot of love. But the NHL loves what Stillman is doing and we pulled off the Classic quite well. Maybe another All-Star Game some day?
July 25 arbitration date. Usually the contract is settled before the hearing begins, but this could go the distance.
When you look at Allen's 2014-17 numbers, Allen's contract is not out of line. Right now he is the 19th-highest paid goaltender in terms of AAV. Next year he will likely rank in the 20s as other guys re-up. That ranger is about right. Last season was disappointing for sure, but if he plays to the earlier levels he could still provide value at those dollars.
We'll see when he shows up for camp.
The Blues would play more Saturday night games if possible. That is the traditional big night here. Trouble is, they have to fit their home dates into the league scheduling process.
Yeah, Colorado changed up its AHL staff. That was a bad setup for the Blues. But they move on, trying to get Klim Kostin over the hump and Jake Walman back on track.
The Oilers traded Hall for a defenseman and they haven't traded Draisaitl, so it's hard to make that argument. I agree that they paid a big price for O'Reilly, but he is a prime-age player locked into a long-term deal. And have answering about 1,000 posts complaining about Berglund and Sobotka last season, I'm surprised to see somebody claim those guys are bringing Buffalo the parade.
You will get plenty of those when the boys come back to town to resume working.
Maybe he just didn't want to run into Maroon, literally, while he was wearing another sweater this season.
We'll see what happens to the regional sports network after ownership change. Those networks have committed massive dollars in rights fees and those commitments carry over.
Well, it's very good. The Federko/Gilmour tandem was the best I've seen and nobody on this team is at that level. Stronger yet was 80-81 with Federko, Dunlop and Zuke down the middle. This team might have the best overall offensive depth since that team.
It wouldn't hurt, but having a zillion Cup winners over the years didn't make a difference, so . . .
There is still some movement in the coaching market, but I haven't sensed change. And I don't know if the Blues will have a dedicated power play coordinator. That whole PP question will hang over the team as camp nears.
I see him in a fourth-line role here and then possibly using the World Junior Championships to test himself in a much bigger role if he isn't getting enough minutes here.
With the Blues spending money on other guys, Edmundson would have to settle for less money on a longer-term deal. So he might even go one year at a time, gain leverage and then try to go big. D-men like him across the league are getting paid and Joel has a great agency behind him.
Jaskin right now is a guy fighting to earn a spot on the fourth line of a very deep team. Maybe he bumps Barbashev back to the minors, based on the confidence he gained at the World Championships. Or maybe another team noted that performance and comes calling with a draft pick. But he has played his way onto the bubble.
Armstrong has always been willing to make the big moves. But he was stung by last season's disappointment, particularly when the blame came back at him for moving Stastny from a team that missed the bracket by a point. Back in the day, "Action Jackson" Quinn and Ron Caron were always stirring things up. And then there was Mike Keenan . . .
I bet big Serge is really happy back home in Quebec. All this chatter about Garth Butcher in recent weeks got me misty-eyed. So I dusted off my old limited-edition Garth Butcher lithograph for the home office.
Thompson, a No. 1 and a No. 2 pick were big assets to give up for O'Reilly. But, again, he is locked in to a contract and fits the roster perfectly. Berglund and Sobotka are solid NHLers, but the Blues were overstocked in third- and fourth-liners.