The standard answer is $1 million, but I've been told in recent years that it might be a little more.
I don't think so. Whoever comes to him on July 1 and offers a boat load of money is going to be happy to have him and they're going to get a committed player. Decisions he makes in January, while still with the Blues, aren't going to scare off other teams.
I don't think you can go that far. Parayko will get increased minutes and he can handle it, but then you're talking about slotting other defensemen up in the lineup and that's where I think there can be drop-off.
That's why he's being picky. He's made it this far, he might as well wait until July 1 and be the big recruit.
What is the line between motivating players and rubbing them raw?
Correct, that's what I was saying, perhaps just more politely.
All deals are different, all negotiations are different. The New York Rangers or Boston Bruins or whoever are not going to see the news between Tampa and Shattenkirk and think 'Oh well, it's not worth trying.' Perhaps Shattenkirk would take $42 million from the Rangers, perhaps he would take three years, $21 million from Boston. Who knows? They're all going to try if they think it can work. That's what Army is supposed to do, try and find a trade that makes sense for the Blues and then see if Shattenkirk's camp can work out the contract. If he doesn't let them talk, you'll never find out.
Dunn. I think he's passed up Schmaltz and perhaps Lindbohm too.
Yeah, Oshie is in the final year of his deal. He's going to be pretty expensive, maybe $5 million per. Not sure the Blues have that kind of loot laying around. Washington has cap problems, so I'm not sure Oshie will stick around there, but the Blues don't seem like a strong possibility. Sure there was something with Hitch, but Army is the one who traded him.
Average? You're right. Thanks for being honest. I've just heard the Ottawa stuff recently. Who knows if it goes anywhere, but obviously the Blues can't be overly worried about Tarasenko. I get it, that's his guy, but you've got to do what's best for the team and Tarasenko has to understand that.
I'm not saying the Blues' D is perfect, but they've played well lately and there's plenty of depth. Beyond the seven in St. Louis, there's some support in the system with Dunn and Walman, etc. Regarding Bortuzzo and Gunnarsson, Yeo had a plan to rotate them until the break. I think at some point, they're going to have to stop the carousel. I honestly don't know right now who you'd put in there regularly, though. They both have their ups and downs.
Thompson is a possibility turning pro this summer. Dunn could be in St. Louis next year. Schmaltz is drifting as a prospect.
That's part of the reason the Blues aren't able to pay Shattenkirk what he wants. They have to re-sign Fabbri and Parayko. So when people say don't sign Shattenkirk and go sign a No. 1 center, I wonder where the money is coming from. Shattenkirk's money will eventually go to pay a few players on the current roster. There may be some money leftover to fill in a hole, but not a No. 1 center.
If there is, Mike Babcock went over it.
I think your comment is in reference to me asking for fans' opinion on the situation. Like I said, I think this is a broad view.
I'm writing about the NHL expansion draft for the Blues Insider this Sunday, so I can't give you my secrets now. As a matter of fact, Vegas GM George McPhee will be calling in a few minutes, so almost time to shut down.
Depends on how you look at it. The Blues would have big shoes to fill, but I think it's being smart. But then again, I don't have to answer to owners who would like to make the playoffs.
There's talk that if there's a bye week next year (only if the NHL doesn't go to the Olympics) that they would consolidate the window for the bye into a two-week period. So you would have half the teams in the league off one week and half off the next week. That will limit the times a team is coming back off a bye and playing a team that has been on the ice.
One more question! I'll sell it like a politician selling a seat in Congress. Who wants to buy it?
I think you guys broke my hopper that holds the questions. We've got 500 folks in the chat room now and it's not working. Oh well, we got to a bunch of them today. Thanks for your support! Great chat by you guys. Talk soon.