We all agreed that it turned out well, so obviously the answer is no I was not.
I think so, yes. If I'm not mistake, the Oshie-Brouwer trade might have been announced right after a chat wrapped up. So it was done during the chat and we were speculating and then 10 minutes later, we had the press release. There have been a ton of signings, too, that were announced during the chat.
I've been beating the Tavares drum for a while, but it appears that he's comfortable heading into the season without a contract extension and now with Eberle on his wing, he might want to re-up with the Islanders.
Shattenkirk's preference would probably be NYR, but I would guess his preference would also be $$$. I don't think reuniting with Hitch would be his top priority, but if Dallas made the best offer, I don't think it would be out of the question. Shattenkirk would probably be signing long-term and Hitch won't be around forever.
Makes a lot of sense. He would be great there too with their skill players.
I hear you, but I don't think trading the No. 1 pick (Erik Johnson) when he was still young was conservative. Or trading Jaro Halak for Ryan Miller. Or signing Stastny for four years at $7 million per. You've got to pick your spots. You can't be a risk-taker all the time or you'll put the franchise in a peck of a trouble and yourself on the unemployment line.
Here's the way I see it. There's not a superstar at the top of the draft, and there are some pretty decent players in the second half of the first round. So I think teams like the Blues with picks 20-30, especially the Blues with two of them, are OK with where they're at. So it doesn't appear that they would be trying to move up inside the top 3-4. That said, if there's a player in that 4-10 range that starts to slip, I could see the Blues trying to move up and get a player in that range if a guy they really like falls a couple of spots.
I understand what Vegas was doing, maximizing their unique position to gather as many assets as possible. But man, I can't get over that they could have had some better players and backed off them for some extra picks. Again, they need to fill a minor-league system and the more assets the better, but there were some players like Matt Dumba that could have been available. I realize that some of these players might have been exposed only because their teams had a deal with Vegas, so they weren't really exposed, but in the case of Minnesota and a few others, there were players to be had. It's nice to have the picks, but as we've seen with the Blues, they don't always turn out. And in 5-6 years, I could see Vegas kicking itself when they're sitting on some prospects that have no future in the NHL and they passed over some quality players.
I've seen forward, defensemen and even a goalie with the No. 27 pick depending on what mocks you're looking at. I spoke with director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong yesterday and he continued to subscribe to the "best player available" logic. I think that's probably always the best approach, but particularly today with the balance in the Blues' system. They've got Tage Thompson and Jordan Kyrou at forward, Jordan Schmaltz, Vince Dunn and Jake Walman on defense and Ville Husso in goal. I don't think there's a glaring need, so going with the best available makes the most sense.
I understand your point, the Hawks weren't dealing Panarin to the Blues. It actually had more to do with them wanting Saad than it did not trading within the division, I'm sure. But the bottom line is Columbus got him, they want him, they're keeping him, and he's not going anywhere.
The Professor was anything but conservative. I understood that earlier question to mean more recent GMs, such as Armstrong and Pleau.
My guess is $5 million, but that could go up or down depending on the length of the contract. So I'm giving you my guess, but when it comes out, let's keep the term in mind. The longer the contract is, the more he'll get per year.
The players Vegas gets in the draft aren't going to be old enough to play in the AHL, so it shouldn't really affect the Blues. If they add a ton of prospects, sure, but not draft picks. The Blues are only in this situation for one year, so that shouldn't be an issue.
As far as we know and heard from Army, the offers weren't much different than what the Blues got. The field of teams that would either pony up the assets to rent him or try to sign him long-term was more limited than anticipated.
I got on the scale today and it told me to eat a SmartOne tonight, so that's what I'll be having.
Florida has a need and Pronger was a good fit. A lot of people think he's going to be a GM one day. A very smart person and obviously he knows hockey. As far as the Blues, they've got Brodeur, MacInnis, Dave Taylor, Kevin McDonald, etc. There wasn't a need.
I think he probably will be when his career is over, but it's a little too early for that. What about Federko, Sutter and a few others. Sure Tarasenko probably has more talent and the ability to be an absolute star in the league but those guys meant a lot to the organization fro a long time. To me, they hold the honor until Tarasenko does a little more.
As I said earlier, Chicago does seem to do a good job of attacking its problems head-on. But let's not forget, they've been knocked out in the first round the past two years. The Blues have played five rounds in the past two years. So we might think of Chicago as the three-time Stanley Cup winners, but in reality, they've had plenty of problems the past couple of years in the playoffs. So I think if you're a Hawks' fans, you probably feel like it took a while for this day to happen. The players in the trades are a bit shocking (Hjalmarsson/Panarin), but the idea of dealing significant parts was bound to happen after the last two playoff exits. The Blues, meanwhile, do need improvement/upgrades. The team that went to Western Conference final is no longer assembled and the team that went to the second round last year could have lost in the first round, as you mentioned. They can't rest on that, and I don't think they are.
Schwartz has the talent to score 25 every year and flirt with 30 every year. I know he does a lot of other things that help you win, but with the ice time and power-play time he gets, he should be around that number.
Some of the slack should be picked up by Fabbri. Steen is better than the 16 goals he scored last year, so he should help. This might make people cringe, but Lehtera has to score more than seven, or if not, he's got to put up more than 22 points, which would help as well. Those are the guys off the top of my head.