Well, you're talking obviously about an elite player who has scored 33 or more goals in four of his past five seasons _ including 40-plus goals twice. He turns 32 next month, so you have to figure in how many elite seasons does he have left? Contract wise, he has three seasons left (which may be just about right to encompass his peak years) But you're also taking on $10.5 million a year in those three years. And before we go too far into this rabbit hole, he has a no movement clause. If you're going for draft picks, you're really committing to a "rebuild" since all but a handful of draft picks are at least a couple years away, which wouldn't go over well in a market like . So maybe a couple of firsts and an established player. I don't know. To me, it's hard to see this happening.
I thought BIll Armstrong was very good at his job. Particularly when you consider that the Blues haven't had much in the way of high draft picks over the past decade _ and recently have traded away some of their firsts. I don't see any immediate impact, however, since most draft picks are at least a couple of years away. So if there's any impact, it might be a few years down the loss. But maybe there won't be much of an impact at all, because I think the Blues have a reputations of having good scouts.
In a word: Yes. (And with four young children, the security he got with Vegas was probably even more important than it would be with some players.)
Probably no one. The Blues will have only a handful of newcomers next season (Krug, Clifford, maybe a prospect). Unless, that is, a returning player wants to switch.
I think the Blues will start out with Scandella-Parayko and Krug-Faulk on their top four. The third pairing depends on what happens with Dunn. And I'm beginning to wonder with Dunn. He's a restricted free agent without arbitration rights, so he has next to no leverage. Are the parties working on a multi-year contract, perhaps a bridge deal before he reaches UFA status? Is he looking for more money, looking for more playing time? Has he asked for a trade? I don't know. But he and Jake Walman are the only RFAs that remain unsigned as I type this, so the longer he remains unsigned the more it makes you wonder.
Were it not for Binnington's troubles in the Edmonton bubble, I think it would be full speed ahead on negotiations. Obviously, I think the Blues still want to extend. But in my opinion _ and Doug Armstrong may think otherwise _ the struggles in Edmonton make you wonder about how far and how high you should go. I'm not saying Binnington has to prove himself all over again. The guy did win you a Stanley Cup. And without Jake Allen you don't have a proven safety net. As for Hofer, as promising as he looks, he's still only 20, so he's probably at least a couple, three years away. So I don't think Hofer really factors into the Binnington discussion.
I don't know if it's good. Obviously, Pietrangelo's an elite player. But as I said last week, Krug's a heckuva consolation prize. Even without Petro, the Blues still have plenty of talent _ enough talent to remain a Cup contender. Like you, I'm curious to see what this new mix will do. With Krug and Clifford, a new backup goalie in Husso, and the chance for some younger players to play a larger role.
Why wouldn't you have interest? But Laine has only one year left on his contract, and any trade would have to make room for Laine's $6.75 million cap hit for '20-21 _ no easy feat for the Blues. And since the Jets picked up former linemate Stastny, conventional wisdom says the Jets probably don't want to move Laine _ if that were ever the case
I believe Kyrou's trying to get there, but he has to fully embrace the Berube game. By that I mean playing defense, digging and battling for pucks, not simply floating around away from the puck. Kostin has an NHL style and the body and temperament to be a physical power forward. I'm a little puzzled by his lack of productivity. I know he entered the AHL _ a man's league _ at age 18 _ but he has had three years there now and hasn't posted much in the way of numbers. As for Thomas, he's obviously made the greatest strides. He needs to look for his shot more, and Berube says he needs to take the next step in fitness, playing the 200-toof game, and playing harder..
You know, I've got to take a pass on this. I was still coming out of my COVID funk when the draft took place. I did see that Neighbours was projected to go a little lower in the draft, but not much lower. So I don't know.
Not sure what you're talking about here. If you're talking about Dunn, he's No. 29.
Well, first off, we don't know for a fact if there will be fans in the stands when play resumes _ or at least not a full house. I get where you're coming from, but I think he will get cheers _ lots of cheers.
I haven't heard anything about his progress; then again,,we're less than 2 months out from his surgery so there's probably not much to report so soon from surgery any.way..
Good question. Not sure. But I believe some people that were laid off way back in the spring are still laid off.
Not only who's the real Binnington. But also, what kind of a backup will the Blues have in Ville Husso. Even if the number of games is reduced in a return to play, the schedule will be compressed and there probably will be more back-to-backs. So strong play from the backup will be more important than usual. As for Binnington in particular, I think maybe he's the goalie we saw during the '19-20 regular season _ which was a pretty good goalie. I think the Blues could live with that guy. But there's still not a large sample size on Binnington _ because of the pandemic, he has yet to play a full NHL season.
I do not. But I think those protocols will come va league directive, and I think all those discussions are just starting now.
Mikkola obviously is very close on defense. Perunovich, who is coming from college, should also be on the fast track on defense. But that's about it. The Blues have traded a lot of top picks as part of the Schenn, O'Reilly and Faulk moves in recent years, so that has thinned out the prospect pool. Players like Toropchenko and Pogranski project more as fourth-line guys. I think on defense, Walman is capable of playing in the NHL as his defense has improved. The latest influx of talent from the draft (Hofer, Alexandrov, Neighbours) is probably a couple, three years away. So I think there's a little bit of a talent game between them and the Kostin, Kyrou, Mikkola, Perunovich group because of those previous trades. But those trades helped the Blues win a Cup, so I don't think many Blues fans are complaining.
Just what we need, another jersey. I'm not a big uniform guy so I'll leave that to others.(Sorry if I'm Jimmy Downer on this one.)