Nothing to talk about today, is there? Let's get to it.
Are you a relative of Torts (who's team I believe also got bounced in the first round)?
You obviously know nothing about shoulders.
No, as Armstrong explained, the Blues would have to be $7.5M under the cap to put him on LTIR. So they can't used that maneuver. Also, given the team's ultra-tight cap picture, Armstrong said the Blues wouldn't be in the market for a scorer. Goals are going to have to come from within.
Well, I don't think COVID-19 explains everything in terms of the team's play. But the fact that all of the positive cases had symptoms does explain some of it.
The Blues scored 3.14 goals per game this season, their highest total since 1994-95. They scored 3.16 goals per game following Tarasenko's shoulder surgery this season. So can they be a strong, contending team without him. But obviously, they are a better team with him than without.
Armstrong said the Blues can't use LTIR because of their cap situation. He also said in part because of the cap situation, he doesn't anticipate them looking for another scorer.
That's a good question. And one I asked Doug Armstrong about today. Both Berube and Armstrong said all the right things in terms of Binnington and their faith in him. But I wonder if this makes them less likely to deal Allen this offseason. Do you really feel comfortable heading into next season with Binnington and Husso as your goalies. (If you deal Allen)
His play obviously was alarming in Edmonton, but I don't think you kick him to the curb after 3 1/2 bad games in the bubble. He did, I recall, lead you to a Cup.
That's a fair question to be sure. But what if you did that _ and Petro still left. Then where would that leave you. But there's no doubt the pressure is on Faulk next year to play up to his contract, with or without Pietrangelo on the roster.
Plus, Pietrangelo told me during the all-star break how much he meshes with Berube's system in terms of maximizing his talents. Why would you leave such a good fit? And I think Pietrangelo also has a sense of how he could be a legacy player in St. Louis. Nonetheless, my sense is that if Pietrangelo really wanted to be here _ he'd have a contract by now.
Apparently not if I understood Armstrong correctly on the Zoom today. And I think I did.
There are other teams with some cap room as well. But it'll be interesting to see what the "flat-cap" market brings.
Three years _ it runs through 2022-23.
Yeah, I noticed that, too.
I think all along the two most likely candidates were Alexander Steen and Jake Allen. But Steen is 36, and is on the books for $5.75M next season, so there shouldn't be much _ if any _ market for him, especially with a flat cap. As for Allen, as we mentioned earlier, does Binnington's playoff struggles make the Blues less likely to move Allen?
They had 83 points in the 61 games without him; just three shy of league-leading Boston over that time.
Hard to argue with what you're saying. Very good points. Although I still think they can be a contender.
Yes, I would think there'd be a trade market for Allen, even with the flat cap. But if you don't re-sign Pietrangelo, you have enough money left over to re-sign Dunn.