I don't think they're trading Pietrangelo and probably not Jake Allen either. But after those four, I can't think of someone that wouldn't trade. Schwartz is a huge part of the core, but if you found a deal that could help you, which would mean that it was a significant piece coming back, I think the Blues would have to think hard about that.
They thought he was a good player, but unfortunately he didn't get the ice time and the role he needed two years ago in the American Hockey League and seemed to digress. After seeing what he could do last year, I think Barbashev is the player the Blues thought they had a couple of years ago. He'll come to camp with a chance to earn a roster spot and start out as a potential third-line guy, I believe.
I supposed you could look at it that way, but I think he's a player that you don't trade unless the deal just makes too much sense. I don't want to overrate him, but Edmundson is a guy who is a consistent young player who can move the puck, shoot it and give you a little bit of physicality. I like him a lot and I don't think you're looking at a situation where he played above his capabilities and he'll eventually come back down to earth, leading you to kick yourself for not moving him. I like his future.
I think if you had to protect those two, as the roster is currently constructed, you'd have to consider exposing Bouwmeester on defense and probably Berglund ... because you're not going to expose Pietrangelo or probably even Edmundson on defense so I think it would be Bouwmeester ... and you're not going to expose Steen, Stastny, Schwartz, Tarasenko or probably Sobotka, so I think it would be Berglund.
It's a good question and I wish I could give you some insight there. The Blues, under director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong, are close to the vest with the guys they are interested in and don't offer any clues. Just being honest here ...
I don't see many of these prospects play, other than some highlights here and there. So as I've mentioned in the past, I lean on the stuff that I read and that websites that I trust. One that I've passed along to you guys over the years is MyNHLdraft.com. That site has the Blues taking Finnish defenseman Urho Vaakanainen at No. 20 and U.S. National Development Program center Josh Norris at No. 27.
Here's the link to the site ... http://www.mynhldraft.com/NHL-Mock-Draft/
Bill always talks about hockey sense. The past few years, they've obviously gone after some size up front and some puck movers on the blueline, but it always comes back to hockey sense.
I would believe that the Blues checked into him, and maybe there's something there, but I just don't know what Montreal would want in return and whether that would make the deal appealing. From what I've read, Montreal would be interested in a defenseman like Minnesota's Jonas Brodin. What's the equivalent on the Blues? They're obviously not moving Parayko or Edmundson in that deal. Is Galchenyuk worth Walman, Dunn? Doubtful. What about Lindbohm, or some sort of package that includes Lindbohm? Possibly. The Blues have a lot of good young D, which is a good problem to have, but I think they've been a little guilty of hording them and perhaps not helping themselves in a deal by moving one of those guys along the way. They can't all play here and there's been enough upside with a few of them in the past couple of years that the team might have been wise to pull of a deal at some point. I do believe they've tried, but it hasn't materialized.
25 maybe. I don't think he'll ever touch 33 again like he did four seasons ago. Everything went right for him that year, everything went in. He's been battered by a few injuries the past couple of seasons and I just don't know if he'll be 100 percent healthy and get as fortunate as he did when he hit the 30-goal plateau. He's still a good player and is really reliable defensively, but unless he's fully healthy, playing on the top line and getting some bounces, I think he's a 20-25 goal guy at best.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere!
I even put that one in Google translate and the response was "We have no idea what that says!"
I gotcha. The first thing I thought of was "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
I'm going to say Thompson. All three have great skill and ability, but Thompson has good hands and skill, so if he could fill into his big body, his upside would be huge. The same thing would probably go for Sanford, who has skill too, but Thompson just has the soft hands and the big shot, so I would go with him. Walman is listed at 6-1 and 193 (not sure how accurate that is), and could benefit too, but I think defenseman can get away with not being huge. Sure you've got guys like Parayko and Emundson who prove otherwise, but you can be Walman's size and be really good. I think those forwards need more muscle on those frames.
Ott will be in the pressbox and I'm guessing Alexander too as the goalie coach. Other than that, I haven't heard, maybe Tkaczuk too, but that's just a guess. Berube and Sydor will be on the bench.
Me too, Dan please tell us where you are.
But that's in part my point. What would you have to give up to get Galchenyuk? If it's Edmundson and more, which it probably would be, is it worth it. Is Galchenyuk the missing piece up front? I don't know about that, and if you started creating holes elsewhere and he's not the guy for Tarasenko or whoever, then how have you helped yourself. I didn't say Edmundson straight up for Galchenyuk. I said that Edmundson wouldn't be part of that deal because I'm saying it could take more and then is it worth it?
He seems to be a bit of a different player than when we last saw him. However, I've asked Sobotka and some of his teammates about whether he'll return to that role and everyone believes he will with some more NHL games under his belt.
Teams have tried it. Look at the Blues with Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk and Bouwmeester, who believe it or not used to provide some offense. The Predators were just able to find the right guys and execute better than most teams. Obviously that's where the game has been headed for a few years now, and with Nashville going as far as it did using that blueprint, teams are going to continue to look for those types of defensemen. Tough to get four of them on the roster, much less get four of them to play the way they did this postseason.
Lol. Keep in mind that the opponents have coaches in the pressbox, too, so I wouldn't rule out the cufflinks dropping upstairs.
That's what everybody has been talking about for a year and will continue to focus on until Tarvares signs an extension, or a trade is done. We don't know what the Blues' level of interest would be, or what they would give up, but you would hope that they would be heavily in the mix.
We'll take a couple more today and then it's time to have what Dan's having ...
I thought Pietrangelo handled himself fine with the C. He was learning on the job and leaning on other people, including a few phone calls with Backes. Pietrangelo may never show the passion that people want from the player wearing the C, perhaps because this franchise prides itself on guys like Brian Sutter who wore their heart on their sleeve. But I think he's got some good leadership skills and will do just fine.
That's a good question. If I'm not mistaken, I've read that after the team is unveiled, there will be a roundtable with some select Vegas players. You would think that if players and their families knew, then word would get out. But I'm not sure how they would have Vegas players available if they didn't know ahead of time. Perhaps TV interviews, not sure. So I'm just thinking outloud, trying to give you an answer.
Precisely what I'm saying. I don't think Armstrong can regret anything in the Drouin discussions. Tampa wanted a defenseman and Shattenkirk wouldn't go there. Not much else he can do, unless he's willing to part with Parayko.
You had to go there, eh? It doesn't seem like a bad idea, but I would think the Blues have moved on and would look elsewhere. Allen is their guy now and even though that would be established, it would be too much blurring the lines because of their history here as a tandem.
I don't think so. Armstrong is on solid ground.
Thanks for the questions. Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend and I'll check in with you guys and gals next week!