Even with only a two-year deal, wouldn't they have his contract rights anyway as an RFA?
Fantastic. Thanks for the info.
Thanks for this. And check out some of the other answers.
On the ECHL, there are also some teams scheduled to begin in mid-January. It's a total grab bag.
Assuming they let fans in the stands, right?
Duly noted. I wonder if the Blues were considering a Reunion Night for that team this season if not for the pandemic.
So there are vaccines available now in Russia?
Thanks for helping out on this. Had several responses on this.
Yeah, I saw that. Wasn't he rated No. 3 overall? And yes, I think Armstrong is highly-regarded in league circles. The Blues have been among the NHL's winningest teams in his decade in charge, and of course they finally got the Cup in 2019-19. It's impressive to me that the Blues have been able to sustain this success for a while without the benefit of high-end draft picks in the first round.
In terms of the combination of deferred pay and pay going to escrow, the original plan _ in the CBA agreed to before the original return to play last July _ had the players agreeing to get basically 72 percent of their pay. This more recent "ask" would take an additional slice of more than 10 percent out of the pie.
Yes, I give the Stillman group credit for spending to the cap every year. There are many NHL teams not doing so. (And say what you will about Kroenke and the "St. Louis" Rams, they did the same during their time here.)
As long as you believe the window of opportunity is open as a legit contender, I don't think you can throw your veterans overboard. Perron is playing better than he ever has in terms of production. And you'd hate to make the wrong decision on Vladi and see him end up a 30-goal scorer again _ as a Kraken. Remember, at worse, you're losing only one player. So if you lose a Blais, you get to keep a Sundqvist, Sanford, Barbashev and all the defensemen.
You're writing the story for me with these anecdotes!
How can this be? So you live close enough to the St. Louis area to be blacked out on NHL package, but can't get FSM?
Much appreciated. To my knowledge, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, New York Times and an online publication known as Colorado Hockey Now were the only U.S. media print outlets in the Edmonton bubble. I'm grateful to the Post-Dispatch for making the financial commitment to be on the scene in Edmonton. Keep in mind also, we're the only media outlet in St. Louis other than the radio rights holders to be at every Blues preseason and regular season road game.
I would think you'd at least be able to stream the radio broadcasts on the Internet. And it's hard for me to imagine being blacked out TV-wise 200 miles away. I could see if maybe if it was 50 miles.
Petro was an invaluable player, of course, on the Cup championship team. His defense could be missed more than his offense, because Krug has a strong track record offensively, particularly on the power play. But the player who put the Blues over the top in 2018-19 was Jordan Binnington.
Unfortunately for you, the sense I get is that the Blues seem very happy with their deal with Fox Sports Midwest.