Yes you are, though there may be a few more of you than you think. The Blues certainly had trouble finding a regular role for Faulk, and that's something players realize. Even from the time of the trade, it was hard to see just where he would fit in, and Berube and Van Ryn still haven't figured that out. Finding a place for him and keeping him there, as well as getting him back on the power play, would likely help his confidence, which would help his game, which would help the Blues. Another issue out there is whether it's time for Parayko to move into the top pairing.
Let me add that it's great that we can be in a world where Carl Gunnarsson routinely gets put in the top pairing.
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It's been so long since I've seen a game that I'm going to have to think about what rules drive me nuts. Certainly improving the video replay system and what constitutes offsides would be a step forward
I think being onside if the skate is above the line, in the air, will be a big help. Alas, hard to see a way around the centimeters situation. It's an unfortunate byproduct but it would be hard for the war room in Toronto to say, he was only two centimeters over the line, so the goal counts.
That is certainly an issue. Hard to keep giving the players you really like contracts like that.
Overall? Among teams that have to play in the play-in round, Montreal has surprisingly good numbers. If they can get their act together, they can do something. They've been hot and cold all season. This could be a prime chance for them to get hot.
I think you'll see far fewer deals like that this time around. Teams did that with Vegas and gave them a pretty talented team. I think this time around, GMs will say, we're going to lose someone we'd like to keep and what's next? No guarantee Seattle takes Faulk anyway. They may think the contract is too much. And the Blues could be leaving David Perron exposed again.
I first started covering the NHL on a daily basis in 2001. (I did it earlier in Los Angeles, but nowhere near as much.) So I missed the really wide open days. Getting rid of the red line really opened the game up and changing the interference rule helped as well. That put some of the offense back in the game. And as much as the shootout is a sideshow invention, writing about games that end in a tie was never easy. It's more fun today than it was back then.
Colorado has about $22 million of space under the cap right now, per capfriendly.com, but they also have only 15 players under contract for next season, so once you sign another eight guys, that number isn't quite so big. (And if you're signing all of those guys for the league minimum, that's not really helping your cause.) Pietrangelo moving to Denver would shift the balance of the power in the division, which is already starting to tilt toward the Rockies.
Yes, that's been the assumption since they settled on those two cities. The league, as far as I've seen, still hasn't made it official.
If the NHL can survive the next two weeks, they'll have the best chance, since the virus numbers are lower in Canada. There's a line I love, written by Rod Serling, in the movie Doomsday Flight, where someone on the ground tells the pilot of a plane, "Can you make it to Denver?" That's how I feel about the NHL. If they can make it to Edmonton, they've got a good shot. The NBA plan for Florida is similar, but with so many more cases there, the chances of picking up the virus by chance is greater. Remains to be seen what football looks like, but that's an awful lot of players to keep safe.
I don't know that the Blues need a big return on Allen. They certainly won't want a sizable contract back, because that would defeat the purpose of trading him. If you got a prospect on an entry-level deal and a draft pick, that would be good. How high a pick, I don't know, The Blues are running low on forward depth in their system.
I think the Blues can survive losing Pietrangelo, even contend for a Cup without him, but I don't think there's any way they are better without him. The question will be the size of the dropoff, and they have depth that should get them through it. But even if you say Pietrangelo's gone and Parayko moves into his spot and Faulk replaces Parayko, at some point, someone new is moving into some role somewhere who's probably not as good as what the Blues have right now because the Blues are really good at defenseman right now.
Micah Blake McCurdy at hockeyviz.com has said, and I think I've got this right, a team could pay him $1 million to say "No" five times a year and he would be worth it. Or something like that. It seems like the NHL has more deals that GMs regret making than deals they regret not making. Armstrong has a pretty good record on that, it seems. But the Blues are in a situation where their chances of winning a Stanley Cup in the immediate future that they won't mind lessening those chances five years from now. That's what is driving any effort to re-sign Pietrangelo.
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They all look great to me. If you factored in speed and agility, Robert Thomas seems to do pretty well. Jordan Kyrou is fast. For a guy his size, Parayko is pretty quick. If you went skating per pound.
In many ways, the whole thing is kind of a blur. Carl Gunnarsson's goal at Boston certainly changed the series. Schwartz vs. Winnipeg was dazzling to see. The victory parade was an unmatched sight. And being down on the ice with the players after the win and being able to see all that joy up close was something to savor. I've been in several baseball clubhouses after the World Series and there's lots of hooting and champagne, but the extended happiness of a Stanley Cup celebration, with out the stinging in your eyes, is wonderful to behold.
When the All-Star Game was a five-on-five, it was a total bore because it was hockey without the things that make hockey fun. Three on three is a little better, and while the semifinal games the first 10 minutes of the final weren't much, when it got to the closing minutes, the intensity picked up a lot. I don't know that you could just do the All-Star weekend without an All-Star Game. Just not enough to keep it going.
No. I don't think you can get through the playoffs without having a lot of things really going for you. No team is that lucky.
Really impossible to say, though seems likely that Tarasenko will be contributing more than he was when the league shut down. For younger guys, this in some ways is the start of next season. So for someone like Kostin, this could be next season for him and maybe he's ready to take a step up. He and Kyrou are likely the only youngsters who will get that chance.