Not sure what you mean there.
Good question. But the Blues do have $17 million in space, so I think they have enough.
I would assume so. Armstrong said he would talk to Maroon and Gunnarsson when he returned from the draft _ and that was four days ago.
I've enjoyed it immensely. This has been a historic season _ one obviously for the record books. To be able to cover seasons like that twice in one career (counting the '99 Rams) is pretty amazing. I'm grateful (even with those awful years over the last half of the Rams' time in StL). I think this one means a little more to the city than the Rams, if only because the Blues have been here longer. And are still here. I don't know as much about the game of hockey as I did football, but I knew enough to be dangerous this year! The playoff grind in hockey was unbelievable. 26 games! You had an out-of-nowhere hero in Kurt Warner, and now you have an out-of-nowhere goalie in Jordan Binnington. One difference between the teams. The '99 Rams basically blew everyone out, at least until the playoffs. The '18-19 Blues had to scratch and claw for everything they got.
But maybe that changes this year. Maybe Fabbri returns to form. Sundqvist for example was a different player this year, right? And maybe the Blues get Fabbri under contract and see what he does in camp, and if he doesn't show much or look like he'd fit in, then they trade him. I really don't think Fabbri has much trade value based on the injuries and his performances this past season.
Wow. That actually sounds like a pretty good story. Although it's the kind of story we don't do that often in the Post-Dispatch. But I don't really have an answer for you. I think we all know of a case where someone, for example, batted righthanded but threw lefthanded. Or wrote with his write hand but threw lefthanded, etc.
I think it will come out at some point. But I haven't heard anything at this point.
Armstrong is on record saying the roster is relatively set. Their main focus, it appears, will be signing the RFAs.
I hear you. And as much as I respect Schenn, I think the Blues' first move is to try to get Pietrangelo an extension.
It was extended during the 2017-18 season, so nothing will happen for at least a couple of years.
Nolan already has re-signed as a UFA. (It's a two-way contract). The Blues have made a qualifying offer for Fabbri, so the presumption there is that he'll be back. Thorburn and Butler, at this stage of their careers, are fringe players who played a combined 14 games for the Blues last season. So that brings us to Maroon, Gunnarsson, Allen and Steen: even if all four of those players are gone _ and I don't think that happens _ it still won't represent nearly as much roster upheaval as we saw a year ago.
I'm not saying they will be splash-free. But I don't expect anything like last year's tidal wave. I could be wrong, but I just don't see Pietrangelo being moved. As for Reeves, I don';t know if the Blues have any one individual player that can match his toughness. But as a team, I don't think the Blues are lacking for toughness.
Well, it's weird. Two days into prospect camp and I haven't paid a ton of attention to the prospects,what with the Berube contract, the schedule coming out, the RFA tenders, the Tarasenko surgery, etc. And we're not going to get Bill Armstrong and Tim Taylor _ the front office executives who know the most about these guys _ until later in the week. We have talked to center Dominik Bokk (he's planning on playing in Sweden one more year) and Scott Perunovich (who's planning on returning to Minnesota-Duluth on attempting a 3-peat at the NCAA level).
Besides what he brings in physical play and work around the net, Maroon seems to be a big plus in the locker room. I think Armstrong would like to bring him back, and Maroon would like to say in St. Louis. But it all comes down to money. I don't know what would work for Maroon _ 2 years at $2.5 million a year? ? ? ?
I don't really have a sense for how this is going with Maroon. But see my earlier post
No you're not missing anything. But you have 9 RFA's that have been tendered (7 of whom figure to be on the team next year, or at least seriously competing for roster spots.) They were under contract this past-completed season and taking up cap space, and now they're not _ so they will soak up some of the cap space when they sign their qualifying offers. If you re-sign unrestricted free agents Maroon or Gunnarsson that will take up some space. Or maybe you sign an outside free agent. When all is said and done, the Blues will be at or near the cap again.
It was interesting to see how much of a kick Plager and Federko and Hull, etc. got out of the Blues winning the Cup. And as for the current players, I've never seen a championship parade where the players interacted like that with the fans. Have you? So it was clear how much the title meant to the players, and conversely, the players could tell how much the title meant to the fans and the city.
Nothing more than speculation on my part, although I'm far from the only one who has brought up the possibility. The problem with the buyout for a player of Steen's age is that you'd have to spend around $7 million or so to save about $4 million.
I don't know. Any freeze warnings in hell recently?