Upshall was very good in his fourth-line role, so this move gives Yeo some comfort with his bottom 6. So, yes, Jaskin and Paajarvi have an opportunity to log some bigger minutes on the third line . . . if they earn them. Magnus has been well ahead of Dmitrij on that front. And, yes. I believe some sort of move for a Top 6 forward will be coming at some point. As Armstrong noted, that may have to come in a trade. The Blues don't have a ton of cap flexibility.
Agree across the board. Dunn has made his move. If he can keep progressing, he could fit on third pairing and the second PP unit. Walman had issues in his own end, so it appears he needs more AHL time. Vanelli is pretty far down the depth chart with guys like Butler and Lindbohm also in his way.
Upshall is a nice fourth-line player who gives this group some reliability there and on the PK. Obviously he is not a Top 9 forward now and hasn't been for some time. Nobody in the Blues organization is pretending he is.
The Blues only let him go because Armstrong wanted to create a spot for younger players. But all the injuries have pushed younger players into competition for bigger roles, so bringing back Upshall shores up the supporting cast.
He is looking for a NHL job, so it's a possibility. The question with him is keeping up with the pace of the game that has gone breakneck, It's a youth-driven sport. The Blues have the same questions other teams have -- and less cap money to play with. Berglund's money going to long-term injured reserve will create temporary space, but Armstrong would have to "get creative" to add any sort of real money to the payroll.
I believe Jagr made $4 million last year with easily reached bonuses to push that to $5 million. Right now the Blues are operating with projected cap space of $2.2 million, counting (for now) Berglund's $3.8 million.
That quesiton (sort of) came up yesterday. Yes, that time away from the game will hurt Fabbri and there is no telling if he can overcome the mental challenge this re-injury creates -- or the physical challenge to stay healthy. Obviously he needs every bit of his speed and quickness at his size.
Big trade before Wednesday? That's unlikely, given that big trades are rare in the NHL. Blais had success at the AHL level, so he at least seems legitimate as a fill-in NHLer. He was not a touted pick, like Felsner. He's had to earn this opportunity. As for Thompson, he flashes signs of being good enough to stick but his game still needs work. I'm not sure he would be in consideration for a job still if the Blues were healthier.
He is using the same doctor, who came from a mutually agreed-upon pool selected by teams and the NHLPA. Did the repair not hold or did the replacement ligament tear due to a "hockey injury" as Armstrong referenced it? I'm not sure we will ever know that.
Teams gain cap space after Game 1 by putting players on long-term injured reserve. That's where the Blues would have flexibility to sign Jagr. But right now all there is media speculation and the Blues' refusal to categorically deny interest.
Young players can probably buy the Blues the first two or three weeks of the season, but what Armstrong fears is additional injuries hitting. Hence the Upshall addition and the ongoing surveillance of the league.
He could more like an Adam Cracknell or Chris Porter, filling in capably while never rising to the level of difference maker. He and Blais have drawn lots of praise.
He is back to playing center after playing lots of wing, so that is an adjustment. Also, injuries haven't left him much to play with 5 on 5. I'm interesting in seeing how he might look with Steen.
It would take a lot for this team to tank, since that would be devastating at the box office at a time the franchise can scarcely afford. Stastny is in the walk year of his deal, so it's not like his contract is a big burden. In the worst-case-possible scenario I suppose Bouwmeester could become a trade chip, but I don't see a team with a nucleus of Tarasenko, Schwartz, Stastny, Schenn, Pietrangelo, Parayko and Allen folding.
The division is crazy close. But unless the Blues keep suffering catastrophic injuries, that is a bit extreme. Chicago lost Hossa and Hjalmarsson and took a step back dealing Panarin for Saad. Nashville subtracted Neal and lost Ryan Ellis for half of the season. Dallas is a sexy pick, but that D looks awfully young.
23 players is the limit. Extra players go the AHL. Players with certain experience levels have to clear waivers to go to the minors.
Yes it would. Unsigned veterans are taking a long look at that.
The Blues are trying to fit guys into places where they will actually get to play. As a result, the Blues could end up with guys all over the AHL.
Aren't the Wild pretty happy with Stewie?