That's certainly understandable. They've had their share of overhyped guys (blame the beatwriters, ha). But each group of prospects is its own and there's reason to think that Thompson, Kyrou, Dunn, etc., can be good. There's certainly reason to be skeptical, but no reason to be negative until they get a shot.
I think Parayko will get a chance to win the job.
Qualifying offers are due in a few days. I would have a hard time believing the Blues will qualify Yakupov at $2.5 million, which means he'd become a free agent.
Ah, I'm glad you mentioned Sobotka. I should have included him in my response a couple of questions ago. Don't get me wrong, I don't think Sobotka is a 20-goal guy, but we saw some more offense from him in a short time when he got here, so I think he can be a 10-15 goal scorer, which would also help pick up the slack.
I didn't really cover Pronger, but I was around and he was by far the most intellectual that I remember. Shattenkirk was another smart one.
Right now, I've got to think it's Lindbohm or Schmaltz, but Dunn is on their heels. With so much youth, you've got to believe the Blues will dip into free agency for a veteran.
Let's see what lineup Vegas actually puts on the ice. They picked what they thought were the best players, with the idea of moving some. They've made some trades since the expansion draft (TVR, Schlemko) and I think they'll make more ... Minnesota had a deal with Vegas, so that's why Staal and others weren't taken.
I think Allen can be the guy, but as Armstrong said in my article the other day, he's got to prove it for a longer period of time 2-3 years.
All the head coaching vacancies and most of the assistant jobs are filled right now, so I'm not sure where Tippett lands. Interestingly, I always thought that Army would bring Tippet here to St. Louis if he were available. Army hired him in Dallas and liked him a lot. But Tippett hasn't been available and now when he is, the Blues have Yeo.
I should have clarified that, but I'm trying to go rapid fire here. The point is, most players come from junior and they won't be able to fill up the Wolves' roster with their picks. Thanks for the clarification, though.
I think he was just telling it like it was. We ask these guys to be truthful, but if they're truly open, it would all sound like whining. Perron tried to be as hard on himself as he could be about his poor playoff performance but also give us some insight as to why he thought he was affected.
At first I thought you were suggesting Blues would want Hamonic and as good as he is, I don't think that they would be. But I see you're suggesting flipping him. That is a little far-fetched, but I love progressive thinking. They'd obviously have to have a deal in place, so they don't get "stuck" with Hamonic. I say stuck because center is their need, not defense. I don't know, that seems like a situation that would have to somehow just fall in their lap to happen.
How about a couple of more questions? Sound good. That'll give me enough time to run up to the car wash and take a shower and get ready for the draft.
I think they'd have to be interested. I haven't heard their name connected to Montreal, but the Blues typically fly under the radar.
No problem. It was either this or take Timmermann out to lunch for his birthday. I'm glad I had an excuse.
He wouldn't be my first or second or third guess, but I woudn't label him untouchable.
I don't wash my car there. That's where I take a shower.
I'm still trying to figure that out.
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