None really. It's one of those things that really defies explanation.
A five-year deal would take Edmundson to 30, which seems within the range of acceptability for the Blues. Parayko makes $5.5, so figure Edmundson for something below that. Interesting thing will be what Blues are willing to do after a season like this if they don't make the playoffs. They signed Edmundson to a one-year deal right before arbitration last season and Armstrong said it was tough to justify giving players raises after not making the playoffs. Edmundson is arbitration eligible again; would the Blues risk a one-year contract with UFA status approaching?
The Blues have been caught more than a few times this season pinching forward and then seeing the puck go back the other way. Ideally, you balance pairings with offensive defensive and stay at home defensemen, which is why Gunnarsson and Pietrangelo made a good combo. Offense from defenseman is a part of the game; you just have to it right, which the Blues don't always do.
Some people choose to send opinions rather than questions:
Someone in the stand pat column and expect players to play more to their level next season (or later this season).
Not the only person who thinks Tarasenko isn't well but will get well, so shouldn't be traded.
This is the case that while you can put together a good team on paper, how that team comes together is just as important and where Armstrong has missed. On their own, bleach and ammonia are fine. Mix them together and you've got problems.
A Cardinals fan weighs in
This isn't an opinion, it's a question. If the Blues' pick is in the first 10 of the draft, the Blues have the choice to keep it, which they almost certainly would do. They wouldn't have to make that decision until just before the draft. If the Blues choose to keep their pick this season, then Buffalo would get their first-round pick next season. It's what they call "top 10 protected."
I'm sure they have. Both have modified no-trade clauses, where Bozak submits a 10-team list and Maroon, after Feb. 1, submits an 8-team list of teams they would be willing to go to.
This is a popular theory, that the Blues system doesn't fit the players. The Blues aren't necessarily slow, they just play slow. If you move the puck quickly, you can look quick out there.
That's the style they want to play, hard on the puck. And they have guys who should be able to play hard on the puck, but they don't seem to do that all the time.
There have been some days at practice devoted to breakouts in recent weeks, and they have gotten better at it.
Just as Armstrong said the team's long-time players have lost their equity, I'm sure Armstrong has lost some too. If whoever the new coach is doesn't get results, the GM is the next logical target.
Ideally Maroon is playing down low, looking for deflections and setting screens. The best place to do that would be on a line that takes a lot of shots, rather than on a checking line. It works for him on the power play but hasn't worked in five on five play.
The Blues will need to play awfully well from here out for Berube to get the job, I would think. I think Armstrong is looking for a fresh look for the team, so an outsider seems likely. If the Blues were to make the playoffs and make an extended run, maybe he keeps the job.
No word but the Blues next back to backs are Jan. 7 and 8. He'll likely get one of those.
hockeyviz.com gives the Blues a 54 percent chance right now of missing the playoffs and not getting a top 5 pick. There's a definite chance of the Blues falling in that gap.
OK, we've been at this for a while, and for those of you at work, it's time to go home now. If you've got any more questions, presumably not while you're driving, here's your chance.
OK, that's it for this week. Not sure what next week's schedule will be, with Christmas and all, but thanks for stopping by and taking part. Who knows what we'll know by next week. Thanks one and all and Merry Christmas!