I might have had Barbashev ahead of Sanford in the mythical mix, but, yes, having Fabbri and Sobotka for a full year along with Schenn would have been entertaining.
Stastny and Bouwmeester are critical players on this team. Based on their current level of play and the market rate, JayBo's salary is about right and Stastny is overpaid by a couple of million. It's not like that is a crippling deal. The Blues spent to the cap by keeping Parayko, locking in Tarasenko and Schwartz, adding Schenn. People also argue against Berglund, but he is hardly overpaid by today's standards. The main reason the Blues can't add significant help is because they have significant talent. A team like Montreal has lots of cap room because for whatever reason Marc Bergevin left big holes in his lineup.
I have no idea where Binnington will eventually get his reps this season. It will be interesting to see where everybody ultimately lands.
He will do self-scouting -- analyzing the Blues personnel and tactics -- as well as some selective scouting of other teams or players.
Kostin is the most intriguing, when he is ready to go at this level. He has the physical maturity and the shot.
Yeah, apparently efforts to introduce further changes stalled out. I'm in the camp of keeping equipment reasonable but increasing the size of the goals every so slightly. Goalies are bigger, everybody is bigger.
Again, that's the issue for the Blues, This team may have move guys to other AHL teams that develop injury issues. Not ideal.
Fondly, in retrospect. It was never dull for media types. And that Game 7 in Detroit could have gone either way. But had he stayed, he would have driven the business into the ground. He was out of control.
Different world. Ty Rattie tore up junior hockey and produced in the AHL, but he has barely earned a NHL despite getting multiple opportunities with different teams. Size, strength, speed, quickness, shot release . . . a lot of guys have a great feel for the game but can't translate it at the NHL pace. A depleted team like the Blues would be his best shot vs.a team loaded with on-the-cusp kids like Boston.
The Devils jump to mind as a D-driven champion, with Stevens and Niedermayer.
I agree to a degree. If the Blues keep a kid, they need to play the kid -- and in a meaningful role.
OK, looks like we're winding down. I'll see you all next Friday! Thanks.