The NHL is a pretty big deal to the city of Calgary. But I can't say that I agree with how the Flames/NHL have gone about this. I see them getting something done because hockey is religion there and modern arenas are a strong amenity for any major city.
I have nothing to add on that. We have other people covering that issue.
He really wanted to return to the Blackhawks. And before losing four forwards to injury, there wasn't a spot for somebody his age coming off of a difficult season.
Again, they will have to fight to get in after suffering some injury hits. They could suffer a slot start given their schedule. On the other hand, they have a half-dozen really good prospects and some of them could provide support as they gain more pro experience.
You will recall the Blues had to plug a lot of younger guys in the mix last year because of injuries and they finished well. I think he has a pretty good team structure in place and he still has a lot of high-end talent to lean on.
He hit the waiver wire, so the Blues had their chance.
Kostin and Thompson are enticing talents and both could impact this team at some point this season. Thompson appears a bit further along at this point, but where will they be in 3 or 4 months? In the meantime, guys like Megan and Blais might be better short-term fills.
Of course, the Blues have no cap space for him this season in a deal involving prospects and picks. And if they Blues are going to clear space for something, I imagine it will be a for scoring line center if another one pops free. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in a year?
Colorado wants a top 4 defenseman and more for Duchene and the Blues are not a fit. Also, they are not a salary cap fit either.
Iginla was pretty slow last season. Gionta is interesting, but I believe he hoped to stay back east.
Both Team USA and Team Canada will lean heavily on pros playing in Europe, possibly with some college kids in supporting roles. I believe players with entry level agreements playing in European pro leagues can play in the Olympics, but I'm not sure about junior players. But it appears Canada and U.S. are not looking to deploy kids at that event.
He also made lots of great saves on Grade-A chances yielded by players who won't be on the team to start the season. So, no, I would not read too much into that.
Maroon clicks with McDavid, so he will be among the next to get paid in Edmonton.
This drama will not last nearly as long!
Matthews was picked first overall. Marner was picked fourth overall. Nylander was picked eighth overall, spent two half-years in the AHL and a half-season in Toronto before breaking out. Those guys were ready to break out when they got the chance. Rush a kid and he may never fully develop. All these young Blues can play right now, but can they play well? Will they settle at a level much below their talent ceiling?
The team will keep changing. A couple of key players will return a few weeks into the season, outside help could arrive and young players sent to the minors will surely return. Lineups are always fluid, but circumstances makes this Blues group especially fluid.
The Blues would love Duchene, but not even Joe Sakic would make the deal. He wants a Top 4 defender plus other long-term assets. And, again, it's not like there is anywhere to put Duchene's salary at this point.
He had to fly in from the Canucks and pass a physical, which should be no big deal.
Kenny got a one-way deal from the Bruins, but at $850,000 he is an interesting depth guy -- more interesting that Beau Bennett!
Obviously he would have to take less to return. And even to get that offer he will have to show a lot more offense. In a year Thomas will be ready to bid for a NHL job and some of these other prospects could be bidding for Top 6 roles.