The team itself seems reasonably calm, since more of the core players are still there and a couple of veterans aren't far off from returning. But I'm guessing Tom Stillman isn't having as much fun as owner.
Again, if these kids were as advanced as Toronto's kids, that would make sense.
The man still put up points last season. He has some leverage, if for nothing else than boosting a team's power play. I'm guessing he will select team fit over dollars at this stage of his career.
Don't laugh. The man appears to be in good shape. Another injury or two . . .
The roster is not frozen.
I have paid zero attention to the home opener preparations. Given this team's luck, Louie might blow out his Achilles between now and then.
Minnesota still looks like the team to beat. Then I'll go with Dallas and its new look, the depleted Blackhawks, the Blues and Predators next up in the fight. Winnipeg still has to prove itself and Colorado stinks.
Sure. Remember, Barbashev actually centered the top line with Tarasenko to open the playoffs.
And independent analysts agree that Thompson, Kostin and Kyrou should all outperform their draft slot. All three have Top 6 potential. While the next month could be dicey, for the long haul the competitive window should stay wide open.
Stastny, Steen and Tarasenko still listed as alternates.
With Berglund missing as the No. 3 center and Sanford unable to compete for a center role as Armstrong suggested he might last year, I'd leave Schenn in the middle and give him time. Stastny's expiring contract also factors into that.
The Blues are not the only team to lose players. And, again, the Blues also have an impressive group of young guys that might help later in the year.
As much as I like watching Schwartz across from Tarasenko, yes, giving Schenn a better running mate while Steen is out could make a lot of sense. It's tough to "Score by committee": with most of the proven scorers on one line.
Not every surgical repair heals at the same rate. I can only assume Fabbri's ligament passed muster. Obviously he underwent extensive testing before getting cleared.
Sure, most Stanley Cup champions have that sort of superstar. It's possible to win without one, but transcendent talent can make a huge difference. Like you say, the Blue had their chance to draft Captain Serious and whiffed.
A few weeks ago I might have agreed, but now the injuries will make it even easier for teams to sit on 91 at even strength.
That;s the Blues fallback, too, that everybody else had him at No. 1.
We are starting to wind down . . .