Is it the Blues who tired out in the third round? Is it the Predators who couldn't get good goaltending from Rinne in the finals? It would obviously be a battle. I think the Blues' forwards last year would have done a much better job on the Preds defensemen than they did this year, so I think the Blues would have a really good chance in that make-believe series. If the Blues had more stamina than we saw in the third round last year, then I'd go Blues.
He just gave Julien a long-term deal, so I don't think so. After bowing out in the first round and watching Nashville cruise the finals, the Subban-Weber trade isn't looking great right now. But as far as I can tell, Bergevin seems to be extremely safe in Montreal.
Haven't heard yet. I think the NHL said recently that they expected it to stay flat or go up minimally ... maybe $76-77 million. It was released on June 21st last year, so we're getting close to that time.
Yes, according to NHL standards, a rookie is one who didn't play in more than 25 games in any preceding seasons (Schmaltz played in nine regular-season games), nor six or more games in each of any two preceding seasons. Also any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie (Schmaltz is 23)
There's more to it than putting the three players names on a board and saying who's the best player out of those three. What's their salary? Who can you replace him with? I think a lot of people would be fine if the Blues protected Perron over those two. But what if you can get Drouin in a trade and the only way he fits is if you clear salary, and a way to do that is work out a deal for Vegas to take Perron. Or you expose Perron knowing that you can probably sign Justin Williams and keep Perron. I'm not shipping Perron out of town - I like him - I'm just trying to give examples of why it's more complicated than saying "this guy is the best of the three."
Well, if it's two nights before a game in Vegas, I can't promise I won't see any of them at the roulette table with me. But usually the night before a game, the players typically break off in groups for dinner around 6 or 7 and they're back by 9 or 10. Keep in mind that I said TYPICALLY.
I don't have odds, but he's available and it doesn't look like Washington will have enough to re-sign everybody.
Army said after the season that everyone would be healthy in about six weeks. Maybe Fabbri, but I wouldn't think anybody else would still be hobbling in September.
I would imagine they think he's doing a fine job. Revenue has increased and expansion has put more money in the owner's pockets. So I would think they would tell you that Bettman has helped grow the game. Look at Winter Classic at Busch Stadium, that's another example. I'm not sticking up for him, I'm just saying that that's what owners care about, not a list on ESPN.
It's all connected to HRR: Hockey related revenue. If the game grows financially, the cap grows.
I think there's enough time for things to play out before anybody is worried about the Blues coming up empty-handed at center. They've got this offseason to find a player, they've got a year to see if one of their prospects develops, they can perhaps re-sign Stastny or they could find a guy next offseason. Sure, if none of those things happened, they could be in a peck of trouble, but they've got some time on their side.
I like Barbashev, but I would say Thompson. There aren't too many 19 years olds who are 6-5 with that skill level.
He would help but eventually you need a center and would Landeskog's salary prevent you from doing that. If Thompson, Barbashev or Sanford turned into that guy and you had him cheap for a few years, great ... but that's an "if" right now.
I would think the Blues would make that deal, but I'm not sure Tampa is looking for picks.
I saw your question and sent it to my colleagues in Calgary. Their response is that the Flames have been quiet on the topic and seem to be exploring their options.
In my mind, it would be a guy like Tavares. But is he available and if so, what would it take? Let's take Parayko out of the equation for a moment because he's not going anywhere. Would Thompson, Walman and a No. 1 do it? I think the Islanders could live with that, especially if they know they can't re-sign Tavares and they're going to lose him for nothing after next season. Could the Blues live with that deal. As much as you're giving up, I think they'd have to. Tavares is an elite center replacing what you plan on getting from Thompson. Walman has upside, but the Blues have a lot of good young D. And they have two No. 1s. So why not?
I think he's got that kind of potential.
This is the other big factor that has an effect on the salary cap. As far as whether the players will elect to use it, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said a few days ago that the NHL planned to talk to the players soon about that.
If he's healthy, Fabbri should be a 60-point guy and better. He's going to have to raise his preparation level, which I think he's doing as a result of the injury.
I think RNH and Eberle are options, I'm not sure the Blues are so keen on Duchene. On Fabbri, they prefer him at left wing.
Not at this point in his career. Parayko is going to get 22 per game, maybe more, and perhaps play on the No. 1 power play unit. So it's not like he's a 17-minute guy on the No. 2 PP unit. I understand what you're saying: Pietrangelo is going to be around for a while and if Parayko signed for eight years, he's going to be second-fiddle. But he's got a nice role now and things will play themselves out. I could be wrong, but I don't think Parayko would be looking at the situation like he's got to sign a 2-year deal now so that he can go be a No. 1 after it expires. He'd still be RFA. Still young, so he's just got to sign what gives him some security.