I saw that, but wouldn't guess the Blues would be interested. Like I said they've got their hope set on Berube. I like MacLean but he's bounced around a bit the last few years.
Not a bad idea, but I think the Blues need more of a setup guy for Tarasenko.
That's a tough one, but from everyone who has watched Dunn play, they really really think he's got a bright NHL future. Walman can skate the puck and shoot it, so things look bright for him too, but I'd probably go with Dunn at this point if I had to pick.
He can go back to junior next year, which is what will probably happen. So I think we're looking at at least another season, maybe two.
Yes, if the Blues filed for arbitration, which they would do if there wasn't a contract in place, then it would take him off the market for an offer sheet. However, the deadline is a few days after the start of free agency July 1 and usually teams wait until the deadline. I'm checking now to see if teams can elect for arbitration prior to July 1 to take him off the market. I'll let you know if/when I get an answer.
Possibly, but I don't know if the Blues would go into a season penciling Lindbohm into that spot. They like him, but it doesn't seem like they like him enough to call it his spot. I think he'd have to come to camp and play his way into it. And don't forget about Dunn; he could come in and grab it too.
I'll be sitting down with Army soon and I'll have a better handle on it then.
Well, Allen is 26 with four years left on his deal. So it depends what your definition of "goalie of the future" is. But yes, after Allen, it's Husso.
Back to Parakyo and the offer sheet scenario ...
Stick with me a minute, I'm getting clarification ...
OK, the rules changed, so the answer is a bit complicated. The window for club-elected arbitration is shortly after the NHL Final. If the club elects, then the player can still receive offer sheets up until July 5, but that is the deadline. The next deadline is the player-elect arbitration, followed by the second window for club-elected arbitration. I still need to nail down what the offer sheet ramifications are if the Blues waited until the second window and hope to have that soon, but didn't want to hold the chat hostage any longer. So essentially if the Blues wanted to limit the window for the offer sheet likelihood, they would use the first window. Thanks for being patient.
Yet to be determined, but he's a good goalie and, if not Chicago, some team will want him on loan.
I've been told several times by a reliable source that the Blues do need to protect him.
Backstrom would be just as good of an option, maybe better, than Tavares. I know Washington needs some change, but I can't imagine that it's moving Backstrom.
Well, the Parayko homework kept me from answering as many questions as I'd hoped. I've got time for a couple more.
Coaches and scouts gush about Blais, so I'd give him the upper-hand at the moment.
Nashville and I would live downtown.
I suppose they CAN be money-makers, but it's probably a select few franchises. It wasn't a wise proposition for incoming NHL owners who were trying to cut fat like Stillman was with the Blues.
I think it was tough for some of the assistants to be in that environment everyday.
Matching Mike Yeo's deal: 3 yrs.
And that'll do it ... again, my apologies for the long delay. It's more important to get the right info out, even if it takes a few more minutes - or 20. Thanks for your questions, keep 'em coming next week.