Yes, I was told the Blues had a couple of players in mind at the No. 31 spot. Kostin was No. 1 on their board with that pick, but if he were gone, they had another in mind.
We already addressed Jagr. But regarding Doan, I'm not saying he would solve your problems. But man, with his character, I think if you could get him cheap ($1-2 million for one year), why not? He can still produce and with the way things unfolded in Arizona, I think he'd have a chip on his shoulder. I realize he's not necessarily the perfect fit for the style you want to play. But I think his intangibles would make it a good situation for him and the team.
No, Ott can only do so much. It's a fair question, but Ott can't lace 'em up, so it's Ding-dongs and Zingers, I mean apples and oranges.
Their top 14 forwards are making a combined cap hit of $45 million, so an average of $3.2 per play. Their top six forwards, with Parayko penciled in at $6 million, would have a combined cap hit of $23 million, or $3.8 per player. So it's not that much of a difference and keep in mind we divided by 14 forwards (which is two extras) and only six defensemen. Defense is such a key part of today's game, so those salaries are on the rise because you have to pay for the good ones.
Yeo told us recently that Sobotka will be more open to the idea of playing center in training camp than he was when he arrived in April. He's had a few NHL games under his belt and the transition wouldn't be as difficult.
I don't think so. I think in the eyes of the organization he's probably reached his potential. Husso climbed him on the depth chart last year and that was pretty significant.
I can confirm that this was expected to happen recently. I'm not an Access Hollywood contributor, so I didn't fly a helicopter over the Steen compound in Sweden, but I do believe he's off the market.
To my knowledge he hasn't filed his retirement paperwork but based on conversations with him, he's focused on coaching.
No idea. I can't believe it's dragged out this long. Obviously Sakic isn't getting what he wants in return, but there's a reason. I've said for a while that Duchene is an extremely talented player and a legitimate No. 1-2 center, but some people around the league don't view him as one of those franchise-type marquee guys. And Nashville isn't going to give up one of their top four defensemen to get him. It sounds like Columbus might win the bidding eventually but only because they've been grinding for months and at some point Sakic is going to have to make the deal or else it's going to become a major distraction. It's already to that point, but it's only going to get worse.
I don't believe so. As I've said, there was an obvious connection with Brodeur. But I don't think the Blues ever entertained the idea of making a trade with New Jersey and signing Kovalchuk.
I don't think so. At this point, who's left besides the couple of guys that we mentioned: Jagr, Doan, etc. Plus, I don't think you're talking about saving much even if Parayko gets a one- or two-year deal. It's going to be in the $4-6 million range either way, so it's not a dramatic difference either way.
Edmundson was drafted in 2011 and Parayko was drafted in 2012. After being drafted, Edmundson played two more years of junior and then signed with the Blues in 2013. Parayko played three years of college hockey after he was drafted and then went to the AHL on an amateur tryout to delay his signing one year. So Edmundson came off his three-year, entry level deal two years ago and Parayko is just now coming off his two-year entry-level deal.
It's just easier to call it a conditional pick, meaning there are conditions to it. I'm sure the Blues asked for the Top 10 protection and I'm guessing Philly negotiated the 2020 third-rounder into the deal. I should know this, but I can't recall off the top of my head if the Blues have a choice - like if it's Nos. 9-10 can still defer it and lose the third-rounder. I think they can but I'm not positive.
I'll give you a few more answers that I'm not 100 percent sure of and then we'll call it a day.
I'll be writing about this topic very soon and hope to answer most of these questions. But just scratching the surface here in the chat today, the Blues will be sending some prospects to Chicago. Others will be loaned out to other AHL teams. For example, I think you'll see Husso wind up in San Antonio. It's unfortunate, but the prospects will be spread out for a year until the Blues get aligned with their new affiliate.
It'll be a nicer place for sure, but Scottrade was in the bottom five in the league according to most people who go to all the arenas. So it would be quite a fit to jazz it up and somehow jump into the top 15. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it will still be competing with a lot of newer venues that already have the upgrades Scottrade is adding. And remember, not all of the upgrades are coming this summer. They are coming in waves over the next couple of years, so it'll be a while before we're able to evaluate everything. But regardless, the upgrades are happening and that is very good news.
Behind Tarasenko? I'll go Schwartz, Fabbri and Thorburn.
Just kidding, I just wanted to see if anybody was still awake.
I'll go Schenn third instead of Thorburn, barely ;)
Good advice. Thanks for the questions. We may move next week's chat up to Thursday, as I'll be heading on vacation on Friday. Stay tuned. Chat with you later.