Yeah a little, but probably not to the level that you'd really like to have from one of those guys up front. He can play gritty, but it's not an overly physical style.
Rick Wilson is headed to Dallas and I believe the Stars are retaining Curt Fraser.
Ty Rattie (No. 32 overall), Thomas Vannelli (No. 47 overall, Bishop trade), Scott Jackson (No. 37 overall).
I wouldn't make that case. There are certainly some GMs who have made bigger headlines like Bergevin and Poile. But I do agree that Armstrong has made some pretty aggressive moves (Erik Johnson deal, Ryan Miller deal) and somehow those get forgotten.
I was going to mention Jaskin, but there may still be some hope.
I still wonder about his decision to ask for a trade. Say he played out the final year of the deal here ... I know the Blues struggled defensively and the goalies were affected, but had Elliott done somewhat OK, he might have been able to parlay that into a No. 1 job somewhere. Instead, he got exposed in Calgary with a new system, new coaches, teammates. But in the end, he got a pretty good deal in Philadelphia.
Proposed to me? I barely got her to respond to me when I proposed to her. I think her official quote was: "I guess so."
I still like Husso's chances better. I think Husso will be in San Antonio and as far as I know the Blues are still looking for a spot for Binnington to play in the AHL.
He should have the right-side job in the third pair unless Schmaltz outplays him.
Ah, Marek Schwartz .... some other notable ones, for sure.
Nah, I'd say with this group of mostly mid-20 year olds, it's a little bit longer than 2-3 year, maybe 3-5. That's a long time and a lot of things can change, but with core guys such as the ones you mentioned, along with Pietrangelo, Allen and Schwartz, the window could be open for a while.
Most that I have spoken with over the years would die for the chance to play in the Olympics. It is a bit of a challenge because it's in the middle of the NHL season and the travel, etc., but they all say that when you're 50 years old and looking back to when you played in the Olympics, you won't remember that stuff.
Hard to say right now. He's got to bounce back and show that the talent we've seen in glimpses can be on display more consistently. And if doing that as a third-year guy isn't hard enough, he's got to do it while bouncing back from injury. I'm not penciling him in as a $3-4 million forward until I see it.
Pulling a wagon with every plastic shovel, bottle of sun block and towel ever made to the beach in order make my family happy. Glad to be back, too.
I find Pietrangelo interesting. Hutton and Gunnarsson are also fun to talk to.
Nothing is guaranteed, but it seems that Bennett has a spot on the right side in the top nine. He had a decent year last year, but before that struggled to stay healthy, so that's going to be the key for him.
A couple of more questions and then we'll turn out the lights on this show. A special thanks to LeGrands for the hospitality today. If you noticed that I was slow on the keyboard today, it's because I had my fingers wrapped around a tasty "That's A Winner" sandwich from the best deli around.
He's a true center, but showed last year that he can play on the left side. I haven't seen him on the right side, but wouldn't see why he couldn't handle it.
I think center and right wing, as I mentioned earlier, are probably bigger deals. I know not everyone is a Bouwmeester fan, but with he and Edmundson and prospects like Dunn and Walman, I don't know if it's a huge weakness.
I don't think Army minded losing Perron's salary. Perron can score 18-20 and would look better than a couple of options the Blues have on the right side going into the season. But now you're got Parayko signed and you have a shad over $3 million left in cap space. So I don't think Army is upset with how everything worked out.
I've been out of touch for a week or so, but the last I heard, it was still on track but still faced some challenges.
Army mentioned this last year, saying that Fabbri could help himself a lot by improving his training. I touched on this with Fabbri today and will have his comments in the article Monday.
That'll do it ... so be on the lookout for Fabbri and AHL affiliate stories in the next week. Thanks for your support and I'll chat with you again next week. Have a great weekend!