Well, that may depend on how Fabbri looks at center in training camp. If he looks good and they stick with it, that would obviously throw a wrinkle in your idea. But yes, if Fabbri is on the wing, I could see things looking like that. What about Schenn? Does he play in between Schwartz-Tarasenko or get Steen on the LW?
Right, but at some point a guy like Schmaltz has to be here. Also, with the Blues' minor-league situation, who's to say they're going to play regularly in the AHL?
Steen is always a possibility and I suppose Sobotka too.
If you include the $4 Ribeye as part of the buffet, you've got a deal.
Vegas did pick up a lot of players and picks, but that's not why I keep calling a "situation." I'm saying that because no matter how you look at it, it's not ideal. Army certainly has info on how many spots he'll have wear (Wolves or elsewhere), but until he shares that, we don't know. And even though he has a handle on it, he can't know exactly how it's going to play out. There's no control over anything.
You have a highly inflated idea of what my days look like ...
They have Thorburn under contract for two years, so I don't see it.
I think it's going to be tough to bring Stastny back and I think the Blues would like to look elsewhere for a true No. 1 center.
Just for fun ... 25 years old coming off 40- and 39- goal seasons ... you can only sign him for one year and we're throwing in a qualifier that this wouldn't be some arbitration/holdout situation ... I would think both sides could agree one something between $8-9 million.
They really like him. Not just his speed, but his skill and competitiveness. That said, I think he'll go back to junior next year.
As in, no Parayko and no player back for him in some sort of trade? They might make the playoffs, but I wouldn't like their chances as much as I do with Parayko and I certainly wouldn't like their chances of contending.
I like both Schenn and Johnson. Schenn has more goals and points the past couple of years, but keep in mind that Johnson is 26, so Tampa bought what, six years of UFA. That's going to cost a little more than what Philly bought from Schenn's UFA years (one year off the top of my head) when he signed his deal.
Lehtera for Schenn, and then it happened. (I'm kidding).
I'm not ready to say that Schenn is the answer at center. It's an upgrade, but we'll have to see him in camp and the early part of the season. I like Sobotka, but I'm not sure the little we saw of him last year would lead anybody to believe he should play with Tarasenko. I'm not saying that you're saying that. But at this point, I think Tarasenko needs to be with Stastny or even Fabbri, if Fabbri sticks in the middle. Remember the chemistry Fabbri and Tarasenko had on opposite wings last year. Why couldn't that work at C-RW?
Defensemen are hard to come by. Good defensemen are even harder to come by. Great defensemen are impossible to come by. The Blues have a potentially great defenseman in Parayko. I'm not looking at the points and I'm not looking at how much he's using his shot. I'm looking at the fact that the guy can exit the zone in traffic BY HIMSELF. I'm looking at the fact that he has a boomer of a shot and he will use it more. Would most people trade Parayko for Tavares today? Could you? Would NYI do it? Probably, but because Tavares is UFA in one year. I'm not saying Parayko is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and there will be a statue built outside Scottrade in 2038. But he does have a ton of talent of now at 25 and even more potential in the future and you simply don't move a player like that. Yes, the Blues need a center and you've got to give up something to get something. But not Parayko. There are other ways to find that guy.
They qualified him, so there's still some hope there. But it's obvious that Husso is ahead of him on the depth chart and Binnington would have to do a lot to make the Blues think he's got an NHL future.
They still had a suspect defense, but I think with a healthy Bishop they might have beaten the Blues in the second round.
Drafting and trades and occasionally a free-agent signing, but the latter tends to hurt teams more than help.
That's a fair point, but I think there are still some opportunities that he passes up that the team would like to see him take.
Another fair observation/concern, and another reason why I think Schenn would have to prove himself to get some ice time with Tarasenko.
I don't know about that, but I know you would probably be able to watch some NBA, eat some crispy Tortilla chips and go for a long, scenic walk.
The Blues would like that to be the case, but I don't know if the NHL will approve. Bottom line, the league and the teams are still in a feeling-out stage as far as what's going to happen with the 3rd jerseys and what's going to be acceptable and do-able.
My guess is we'll have some affiliate news this summer.
UFA: Hutton, Stastny, Brodziak, Paajarvi ... RFA: Jaskin, Fabbri, Sundqvist, Bennett, Edmundson
No legit interest that I'm aware of.
No problem, thanks for reading. And with that, we'll call it a day. My 4-year-old son is home today and he's been asking me for one hour when I was going to be done. He wants me to take him in the backyard and pitch to him, so I guess I'll go do that now. For those of you not in St. Louis, it's about 100 degrees, so wish me well. I appreciate all the questions and I went longer than usual today (3 hours) because as I mentioned I will be on vacation next week. Stay safe, stay cool and talk soon.