What would it take for the Blues to land him? Moving the franchise someplace more glamorous, like South Florida or greater New York City. Perhaps SoCal. He has made it pretty clear he isn't committing long-term to a Midwestern market. That deadline he set to get a new deal is more for the any team trading for him than Columbus. His agent made it pretty clear that no amount of money would convince him to commit to Mid-Ohio. So the Blue Jackets will either play him as a rental and go for it this year or try to strike a deal.
Price has been injury-prone and ineffective. Now his contract kicks in where he gets an annual average value of $10.5 million forever. If Montreal wants to eat about $50 million in contract, the Blues could look at Price down the road if Allen doesn't work out. As for Kinkaid, he did a nice job filling in last season and he could start this season as No. 1 in New Jersey. But nothing he has done to this point screams "Stanley Cup."
I heard initially that ticket sales were suffering. But I imagine things are picking up. If nothing else this team should be far more entertaining.
The Blues have hit the salary cap for this year and their cap looks pretty full going forward. So Armstrong is done shopping for high-priced forwards, likely for the next few years. Montreal was always going to want Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou and that wasn't going to happen. But like you say, the price may come down now that the team is committed to moving him. Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is having a terrible offseason so far.
Hossa only makes $1 million per year in actual salary at the back on the contract, so the Coyotes are only taking on the big salary cap hit -- space on paper the team wasn't going to use with actual salary anyway. For their trouble the Desert Dogs got some more young talent for their pile. The Blackhawks had to make it work their while to take that paper off their hands.
Haven't heard of any setbacks. Tarasenko had his range of motion back in the shoulder, but as for playing hockey we'll know more when the boys start skating before camp in September.
That was a long time ago. Hockey has changed. It's a speed and skill game now. Maroon does add some heft. Schenn is a physical player. O'Reilly is a gritty player. Schwartz and Steen put themselves in harm's way, which explains some of their injuries. Jaskin became on last season, which could earn him a fourth-line spot. Bortuzzo is a banger on the blue line, but the team could use more of that from Edmundson and especially Parayko. This is not an Ice Capades team.
Walman is the No. 9 defenseman. Pietrangelo and Parayko are set in the Top 4. Edmundson seems to as well, with the added motivation of trying to get a longer-term deal. So if Bouwmeester has to scale back his minutes, Dunn plays more with Gunnarsson and Bortuzzo fighting for ice time. Then there is Jordan Schmaltz, who is due to stick here or elsewhere as No. 7 defenseman.
Molina would disagree with the "no cornerstone player" remark. But while that team has slipped, it would have made the playoffs the past few years in a format where half the teams make the bracket. Also, the team draws crazy crowds still. There is work to do there, but it's not like the Cards have suffered a Royals-like collapse. That said, there is an opportunity for the Blues to create more buzz with no NFL and likely no postseason baseball either.
The Blues missed by one point despite suffering massive injury hits and trading away Paul Stastny. So I see them getting back in with a much-improved roster. Colorado has a one-line team, so the 'Lanche are probably most vulnerable. And, yes, the Wild may take a step back as they play some kids and deal with their salary cap constraints.
Dominik Bokk and Klim Kostin probably have the most upside beyond the big two, by Blais is an instinctive scorer. There is nothing flashy about him, he just tends to be where he needs to be in the offensive zone and good with the puck. Foley says Evander Kane is his role model, but he projects as more of a straight-line guy who can score some goals on the third line.
Again, the Blues aren't looking to put on an ice show. They have created a nice mix of scoring depth with some grit. Draisaitl is a talent for sure, but it's not like Edmonton was shopping him for lesser forwards and draft picks.
I believe fans are way more concerned with seeing a real Cup contender than guys doing spin-o-ramas. Those are no mutually exclusive qualities, but this regime is taking a different tact than Jack Quinn in his heyday.
I can't imagine the team ditching Bouwmeester at the deadline if it appears ready to make a deep playoff run. Why would it?
Yeah, unless somebody pulls a Patrik Berglund and injures himself while training.
Yeah, the Blues rolled a lot of placeholder forwards last season. Too many of the same sort of players -- like the Cardinals to a degree, with their army of utility infielders.
The Sabres set up a call with Tage Thompson right away. I assume the same wasn't done for Berglund and Sobotka because they were out of the country. They will get coverage when they get to Buffalo and start skating.
If neither guy ever gets hurt and if both guys play well, then Husso will do the heavy lifting at San Antonio and prepare to play in the NHL in 2019-20. He could get on the roster before then, when roster expand for the playoff push.