Not sure what to tell you here. Are there any plastic surgeons on the chat today who could help?
"Mean" may never be part of Parayko's game. But he does seem to be adding at least some measure of sandpaper to his game. I get the sense he's very highly-regarded around the league. He's been blocking a lot of shots this season and playing very, very good defense.
I can't really argue with your choices. Keep in mind, Perron was going great last season as well before his concussion in mid-January. It's interesting that he's still wearing a tinted visor, isn't it? His chemistry with O"Reilly is something. As long as he avoids injury, this certainly looks like his career year.
As of right now, I'd have to say David Perron. The silver goes to Alex Pietrangelo. Not sure about the bronze _ Binnington, Schenn, Parayko all candidates.
Way too early to judge that. Fabbri, by the way, is tied for eighth-worst in the league at minus-17.
Excellent point. I think Allen's head is in a good place. When he replaced Binnington the other day at Enterprise, it was the loudest I've heard Allen cheered at home in a long while.
My gosh, is it the Christmas spirit or what? We've actually had several reasonable, logical posts by Blues fans today. And that's saying something, since I've maintained since my earliest days on this beat that Blues fans are about three times wackier than Rams fans. And Rams fans were bonkers. For right now, it makes a lot of sense to keep both. And having a total of about $8.8 million invested in two goalies isn't exorbitant. If nothing else, let's say Husso lights it up in San Antonio over the next couple of months and shows he's ready, Allen's play right now only increases any trade value.
Yeah, I don't think they can squeeze Pietrangelo in at say $9 million a year without doing something unless the cap goes up higher than anticipated. But they're at least somewhere in the ballpark, cap-wise. I'm thinking the Blues will try to go with a longer deal to lower the yearly cap hit a bit.
It helps that he's not arbitration eligible. But maybe $3 million?
Probably, true. Especially if Bouwmeester's health holds up and he doesn't fade noticeably down the stretch.
I think MacEachern is getting to that point. Especially if he ends up being one of those 10-12 goals a year guys, which is where he's trending at this point. He has size, he plays physical, and he skates well for a big man. All of which earn him what colleague Jeff Gordon calls Berube Points (trademark pending).
I think Arizona is. Especially if you look at the fact that the Coyotes appear to be a team on the upswing. I'm not sure about Florida. I was amazed last season how few people showed up down there when I covered the Blues' game there. Saying that, I'm sure the NHL would like a team in south Florida. The stadium location is far from ideal. Not sure if they're drawing any better this year.
I love the thought of this line! I'm saying next year, not this year. Kostin is the wild-card there. He almost gets too physical, too riled up at times. But there's a hockey saying and a paraphrase: It's easier to try to tone down a tiger than to put stripes on kitten.
Unless you trade Gunnarsson, you're charged with his cap figure if you release him. As we mentioned earlier, Steen and Bozak have high cap counts, but do they have trade value?
OK, we've run through our list of questions. But I have time for more before I have to get ready for tonight's game. So if you have something on your mind, now's your opportunity.