I would think he'd need a year or so in the minors to make the jump. By the numbers, it looks like he's having another good season. He's leading his team in scoring from the blueline with 21 points in 16 games (2Gs, 19As).
What price do you put on the opportunity to win another Cup?
I think that's part of it, you know, not burning the candle at both ends. It's about putting the work in during the offseason. I think athletes nowadays take care of their bodies, be it offseason work, nutrition, etc. I'm working on a story about nutrition and diet for some of the Blues, and I'll say this _ they're not on the sportswriters diet!
I'll put it this way. If you thought keeping Petro gave you the best chance at repeating as Stanley Cup champions would you risk letting him leave as a free agent after the season.
No doubt, Binnington was a big difference _ if not THE difference _ last season. But Binnington's under contract for only one more season after this season. So there's no guarantee he'll be around after next season. So is that another reason for trying to do it now. He may not be around long enough to see those young players develop.
They currently have three players making more than $10 million a year, and another five players in the $5M-$6M range. They have nine players scheduled for unrestricted free agency after the '20-21 season. So yeah, there are some cap and roster issues.
Or trade away your captain, the guy who scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Cup final, for players who have some promise. That's a risk, too, wouldn't you say? It's an interesting question.
As of right now, he wants to return next season. You can get him for a reasonable price. But at his relatively advanced hockey age, 36, you can lose it in a hurry. So I think you can let more season pass before you have to move on this.
It's a fascinating discussion. At this point, only Armstrong knows how this will play out.
OK,, we've run through all the questions. I've still got some time, so if you have any questions _ here's your chance.
OK, looks like that it's for today. Thanks for playing. Until next time. . . . .