Not surprised, shocked. There are only two teams currently holding a playoff berth that have negative goal differential and they'll both be on the ice Saturday at Scottrade: the Blues and Islanders. Right now the Blues are -5, which isn't as bad as it was earlier this year.
It's how I pay for a Bomb Pop for my 4-year-old when the ice cream man comes by, so deal with it.
I haven't heard from them today. They must not like ratings.
Yeo said they wouldn't put another A on anyone.
I think it has to do with this: The Blues are going to use the 7-3 protection plan and they're probably going to protect Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester and Edmundson. So that leaves Gunnarsson exposed and he's a fairly cheap veteran that might draw some interest from Vegas. Secondly, I think they'll protect Lehtera. But if they don't, it's either because they don't mind if they contract gets taken (which I understand) or they don't think he'll get taken and that allows them to protect somebody else like Sobotka ... Oh god, I'm starting to itch.
I know and look what's happening ...
So hard to break that down. I'd love to, but it's really a combination of the two. The defense is playing better since going to the zone and the goalies are playing better due to low-quality shots and I'm sure the confidence that Brodeur has brought them. But I don't want to disappoint you, so I'll say 52.3 percent the zone and 47.7 percent Brodeur.
Yes, that is exactly the adopted policy this season.
As I've mentioned, Jaskin definitely needs to show more. By the standards we've come to know, though, he's been better the past couple of games. He made a real good defensive play on Niederreiter that saved a potential goal. But that tells you he hasn't been much when we're singling out good plays. As far as playing over Barbashev, as I mentioned, they want guys who in the lineup have a bit more experience and Yeo also cited Jaskin's size as being a reason why they have him in the lineup lately. Don't forget, Jaskin has another year on his two-year deal, paying him $1 million next year.
I'll believe the Hawks are in trouble when I see it. Keith makes $5.5 through 2022-23 and, though he's 33, he doesn't seem to be getting any worse. Toews and Kane will still be producing in eight years and they're contracts don't seem to affect anything in Chicago. If anything, Hossa at 38 with four more years on his deal could become an issue. But he too seems to be playing well late in his career, and because of the length of the contract, it's only $5.25 million a year against the cap, so you'd think they can survive that hit too, even if Hossa declines. I don't know, I don't see it.
I'm going through all this for the first time, too, so we're all learning on the fly. But yes, with the folks I've spoken with and the stuff I've read, GMs will be calling Vegas' George McPhee and making deal to not take players and not take players, whatever they can work out. Basically Vegas is going to be in charge and teams are going to be bartering with them.
No, I haven't heard Armstrong criticize that deal, nor have I heard any GMs ever criticize a deal they negotiated and signed. As far as Army not calling out Lehtera, he never really called out anybody specifically. He said the Blues need more from their top guys. We don't think of Lehtera as a top guy, so we don't include him in that group. Also, if Army isn't including Lehtera in that group, that tells you he doesn't think Lehtera is capable of improving his production, kind of like a situation where "he is what he is." I think I would rather be called out as part of that group.
I think it's got more potential than we thought a few months ago. It hasn't had a lot of time yet, because when they went to it Stastny got hurt. But it's back together now, so let's see what they can do. I like Schwartz on that line, too.
Nicely done. Do you work for free? I need an assistant. Like you said, these guys don't generally hit the market, so you've got to draft them or trade for them. The Blues have a couple of first-rounders this year, but it's not a rich draft as far as one where you can move up and get kind of player. Plus, if there is a guy like that, I don't think two later first-round picks is going to do it. Some of you may remember that I reported the Blues tried to make a trade with Chicago to get the No. 1 pick and take Patrick Kane. The word at the time was the Blues offered all three of their first-round picks that year. The Blackhawks turned that down and the Blues took Lars Eller, Ian Cole and David Perron. I later heard that the Blues offered two of those picks and Barret Jackman, so who knows what the real offer was? Nonetheless, the Hawks turned it down and the rest is history. So the Blues have to make a deal, which is going to cost them something significant, creating a hole elsewhere or develop a guy like Tage Thompson.
I know you said "first impression," but I've only seen him in one game, so let's wait. Not fair to judge on that game in Winnipeg. I did speak with the Capitals beatwriter who said he had some upside, but didn't think they were distraught losing him. He's 22, so he's not a young'n, and therefore you'd like to see a player that's a little more ready than he is. But he's with a new organization with a different make-up than the Caps, so it's way to early to give him a reputation just yet.
Yeah, probably so. I'm glad you asked this question, though. When I was in Colorado, a scout told me the Blues don't want Duchene. He's a good-to-great player, but he's not a leader and he's worth what a team would have to give up.
If I'm the Blues, I'd want to play Minnesota. I know the playoffs are a few weeks away, but the Wild are having some problems right now. Plus, after the regular season they've had, there's going to be a ton of pressure on them. Also, Yeo knows them a bit. I know the Blues beat the Hawks, but they're playing really well. And you might be San Jose, but I don't want to travel to the West Coast and play that team in the first round.
No one on the Blues' roster has a no-movement. There are some no-trades, but there aren't any no-movements, which required teams to protect them in the expansion draft.
I don't see it. Army wanted to move him. Hitch is gone, but I don't think that matters. Oshie is going to have his pick of teams and he's going to be $5 million plus, maybe $6 million, so none of it seems to make sense for the Blues.