100 percent. Pietrangelo was the right choice.
When I asked him point-blank whether he needed surgery on locker clean-out day, he said no. So unless something changed ...
I see that. They're making some coaching changes and Peralta has been DFA'd. Gooldsy can have the floor, I'll be done shortly.
If Backes wanted a two-year deal, maybe three, then yes. Not five. The Blues would have been better with Backes last season, yes, but not in year 4-5 of that deal.
I think they're fairly-well liked players, especially Dunn. Walman has a ton of upside, but it's yet to be seen at the pro level. A player like Dunn or Walman and a first-round pick could probably get you into a conversation like that, but I'm not so sure with Tampa and Drouin. The Lightning want an established top-four defenseman, that's why they were hot and heavy on Shattenkirk. One of those guys might be a top-four guy eventually, but they're not now, so I don't know if it gets you Drouin now.
You're watching two teams in the Final. If the Blues were in it, you'd see a compete level like you've never seen before. I'm not saying the Blues are as good as the Preds and Pens right now, I'm just saying that's what you're going to see when you're a couple of wins away from winning a Cup. The Blues were a team last year trying to find its new identity under Mike Yeo and did a pretty good job. I think once they get more comfortable in their new skin, you'll see even more compete from them.
I'd probably focus on Top 9 right now. He's got a lot of skill, but he's still growing into his body and I think it's going to take a lot of work to put it together. If I'm the Blues, I like the potential and upside, but if I'm them, I'm not thinking top six at this point.
All teams have a lot of extra parts, or guys that are similar. But YES, the Blues do need somebody for Tarasenko. You can't move forward and expect the most out of Tarasenko, whom you've given a ton of money, without giving him more help on the ice.
That's a good question and a tough one. I would say they take the call, yes, but it better be the Islanders.
I've said several times that I wouldn't do it for a first. BUT, if you have a plan in place after giving Vegas one of your two firsts to take Lehtera, then it may be something worth considering. What I mean is, if removing Lehtera's salary allows you to free up the payroll and sign or trade for a legit center, then you'd probably be foolish not to do it. But I'd like to know what the plan is. I don't want to give up a first rounder because you're hopeful to sign somebody.
No and here's why. I wouldn't include Parayko in a deal for Drouin, even though I really like Drouin. I think Parayko is that rare, so I wouldn't do it. Now Tavares: he'll be UFA in a year, so why give up Parayko for a guy you could only have for a year, or could sign in a year without giving up anything?
It varies. Sometimes teams like the Blues and Cardinals schedule them at times when they know you're going to be at the rink, but that's not always the case. If you're prepared and somehow have an idea of what the news conference is going to be about, then it's not too bad. But believe me, there have been days when the Blues put out a press about a news conference taking place in two hours and you're driving to the rink wondering like everybody else what it's about. Not fun, but part of the business.
I was waiting for somebody to take exception to that comment. I'm not saying Edmundson is as valuable as Tarvares, not even close. What I'm saying is that if the Blues lost Edmundson, who replaces him right now? Dunn, Walman? We don't know if they're ready. So if you're going to create a hole on defense, you better be filling a hole somewhere else like center to make it worthwhile. Now, if you're filling center, who's available. Tavares, Duchene? I'm not that high on Duchene. Good player, yes, but will he be a difference-maker for the Blues in the middle? Perhaps, but enough people around the league have told me there are question marks. As long as we're taking about value, Duchene has more value than Edmundson, but that doesn't mean I'd trade Edmundson for him in a deal because you're likely going to have to have give up more than Edmundson and then it's not worth it in my mind. What if you trade for Duchene and that prevents you from signing Tavares in a year. Kind of the Stastny situation. They signed him for $7 million for four years and while I like Stastny more than most fans, it takes you out of the market for a high-priced No. 1-2 center for four years. Edmundson doesn't have the same value as Tavares, but I would consider packaging Edmundson in a deal with New York because I know what I'm getting in Tavares and I like it a lot more than Duchene or other centers who might be available.
Brodeur is leading the search. Yes, they've had conversations. I don't have any specifics and don't know which way they're leaning. It's a difficult time of year to have those kinds of conversations because I'm not at the rink and front-office types or gearing up for the expansion and amateur drafts.
Time for a couple of more questions.
If he's still around, Lehtera.
I would do whatever I had to do to protect Reaves.
I agree. Army has said that hockey trades are difficult to make. He's right, they are. But somehow Poile has managed to pull off two blockbusters and look where it's got him. You have to be bold these days.
Scottrade is in desperate need of the renovations. I would say that the arena as it stands right now is in the bottom 5-7 in the league. I like some of the newer rinks, but I think most hockey fans daydream about the old barns and I'm one of those. I like nostalgia. There really aren't any of the true ones left, like Chicago, Toronto or Montreal ... now Detroit is being replaced. But I still like what today are the older ones like Calgary, like Rexall in Edmonton before it was replaced last year.
I wouldn't expect an offer sheet because the Blues will match and it ties up a team's money for a few days, but with Parayko, you can't rule it out. On Rattie, yeah, I think it's minor-league material at this point.
I had one last question lined up and deleted it.
I'll re-create it: A guy says that his friend Aaron has gotten so close to his girlfriend that he's ditched all of his buddies. He said they bond over the chat each week and wants me to tell his Aaron not to forget about him. Dude, Aaron, c'mon, you're bros with these guys. Girls will come and go, don't forget your buddies.
I'm glad they make time for the chat and I'm glad the rest of you do, too. Thanks for joining today and please be on the lookout for some expansion draft coverage coming up soon in the Post-Dispatch. Have a great weekend, everybody!