I'm going to go with Pittsburgh over Nashville.
The Blues finished 12th in the NHL with 2.84 goals per game in the regular season and they're getting Fabbri back next season. So while it's obviously a concern based on what we saw in the playoffs, I think they've got some pieces in place that just need to execute better. Yeo will have a whole training camp to install some new wrinkles, so that could help matters. Don't get me wrong, they need more help up front, but I think what they need is more consistency. Schwartz was up and down, Fabbri same thing, Berglund same thing. I think they have some decent offensive players, but they need to play better and I think with some cohesion on the coaching staff this year, that'll be more possible.
He'll get paid somewhere. Whether he'll be a No. 1, there are only a few teams that need that guy. But he'll get paid somewhere.
I've been told that the Blues don't have any no movement clauses.
I believe the players the Islanders would ask for would INCLUDE Schwartz, Fabbri or Parayko.
Williams is definitely a guy worth considering. The Blues could use an experienced veteran like him.
Playing a full year, I would start out at 20. I think he's probably got the potential for me, but it depends on what his role is.
Yes, Hutton would be the backup again, if not selected. Husso has been great with the Wolves, but with Hutton having another year on his contract, it would be great for the Blues if he didn't get selected and Husso got another year with the Wolves.
The last I heard, it was still a possibility. There aren't many options.
I agree that the Blues' best aren't as good as some of the best in the league. Yes, they have Tarasenko and he is a star. But whether it's because he doesn't have enough help, he doesn't give you what Toews or Crosby or Getzlaf give you every night. He's close, but I would agree with that. As far as the youth, I would argue. Fabbri and Parayko and even Edmundson are good young players. Are they going to be as good as McDavid? No. But I think the Blues have a significant number of good, young players and they have talent.
They have two years or less pro experience. Parayko played with the Wolves three years ago, but it was on a tryout, so it doesn't. A guy like Edmundson, for example, is a four-year pro even though he's only been with the Blues for two seasons.
Nothing other than what the Blues said, that he did NOT need surgery.
I can't answer that. I suppose they felt like they needed him on the wing more. I wasn't as alarmed about center/wing as I was how long it took before they finally had Sobotka take Steen's faceoffs.
I asked Army and he said he's comfortable with a long-term deal, but obviously they were waiting to hear what Parayko is comfortable with. I know the Blues are going to have to pay Parayko, but if the Blues are willing to go 5-6-7 years, I can't see them going $6 million-plus yet. I would think it would be closer to $4-5 million per. If Parayko's camp isn't keen on $4-5 million on 5-6 years, then maybe they do a shorter-term deal. But he turned 24 today and would be eligible for free agency at 27, so they're not going to give him a three-year deal and let him walk into free agency.
I don't disagree, but he's still young, growing and learning that responsibility. If he wants to be one of those guys, he's going to have to learn to overcome adversity, rise about that. He doesn't always do that. Crosby is a bit older and went through it. McDavid is a freak, I think his talent is just so much better than everyone else that he's able to overcome things by just playing. That's not to take away from his heart, he has that, but wow is he good. None of this, however, supports that Tarasenko is not a star. I still think he's good enough to be that guy with more time in the league and more understanding of what it takes.
There was something very bizarre there. It had to be connected to his injury, which means Nashville had to know something.
The Blues need forecheckers. His role might be somewhat limited, but take Reaves off the fourth line and who do the Blues have that's going to guarantee you a forecheck and keep things honest on the ice when it's needed. He might hurt you here and there, but I just think somebody like him is less replaceable than some of the other forwards on the list.
Out of those four, my guess would be Dunn.
Very possible, yes, but assuming deals aren't swung before the draft.