Hello to one and all. With the draft done and the bulk of free agency completed, we're in the offseason. Strange as it may seem with Halloween just a few days away, we're basically in the equivalent of August in terms of the NHL calendar. Offseason or not, we're here for you here at Stldoday.com. What's on your minds today?
It certainly would help. According to Frank Servalli of TSN, and the president of the pro hockey writers, the NHL stands to lose about $1.8 billion without fans in the stands. I haven't heard anything about a threshold amount. But this obviously is a problem.
Hard to imagine it being anyone else. Does anyone else out there have a different choice?
None that I'm aware of. Among their top prospects, Tyler Tucker, Joel Hofer and Nikita Alexandrov are all 20. Scott Perunovich is 22. And I'm not aware of anyone in the 2020 draft class.
I think it's pretty well set. Of course with Armstrong you never say never. By the way, I talked to Doug on Monday and will have a story for Thursday's paper (late tonight online) on the state of the Blues and the state NHL's return to play. One thing that came out of it is he mentioned the Blues will have plenty of cap space going into the '20-21 season due to the Tarasenko and Steen injuries. So it sounds very much like Steen will be on LTIR to start the season. Perhaps that makes it tempting for Armstrong to do some bargain-hunting for another forward.
There's the added problem in the NHL of crossing the border into Canada and the U.S. The NBA has only one Canadian team; (Toronto) to worry about on that front, while the NHL has seven. So perhaps there's a seven-team Canadian division in the NHL, which helps solve the problem. Further complicating things is the fact that COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout the U.S. and projections are that this will be a tough winter for COVID _ at least in the U.S. Do you still go forward with even partial attendance under those circumstances? But keep in mind, there's some incentive on the back end of any proposed NHL season with the Olympics starting on July 23. NBC has the TV rights to the Olympics (and also of course for much of the NHL playoffs). So I'm sure NBC wants hockey season to be over before July 23.
I don't know about being better with Krug, but if there's a dropoff _ I don't think it'll be much of a dropoff. I still think the Blues have enough to be a Stanley Cup contender as long as their goaltending holds up. And I agree wholeheartedly on re-signing Schwartz. His puck-hounding style epitomizes what Berube wants out of his players; despite his small stature he's not afraid to go to the front of the net; despite his reputation for being injury-prone, he played in all 71 games last season; and he has proven to be one of the Blues most reliable goal-scorers in the playoffs.
Again, he did play in all 71 games last season. He's only 28, so a four_ or five-year deal should be just about right. Players like him aren't that easy to find _ because he plays both ends of the rink. And the Blues have about $25.6 million of cap space for 2021-22, without a ton of "must keep" or "would like to keep" players on their free agency list. Schwartz and Binnington are the UFAs you'd want to keep; Sanford, Barbashev and Thomas (and possibly Dunn) are the RFAs in that category. You should be able to fit all of those guys in _ and more _ with that kind of available space.
If it were up to me, I protect Perron unless his play drops of dramatically. Perron is playing his best hockey late in his career. Twenty-goal scorers don't grow on trees and he's a bargain at $4 million in 2021-22, especially if you still view the Blues as a Cup contender . As for Sundqvist, as valuable as he is in his role for the Blues, it's hard to imagine the team using one of their forward slots to protect him. As we sit here right now, I wouldn't be surprised if Faulk is exposed.
Glad you liked the article, which was written by colleague Tom Timmermann. Yeah, I remember watching Arbour who was the epitome of toughness. But today's players are plenty tough playing a faster game with bigger players and harder shots.
Well, perhaps I'm getting outvoted on this, but as we sit here today _ right now _ I'm re-signing him.
Based on what we saw this offseason, and considering the cap will be flat again in 2021-22 and possibly beyond, I'd say yes _ you could get him in the same price range (hes due $5.35 million this coming season).
Even if the league starts on Jan. 1, which is debatable, I can't see an 82-game schedule and full playoffs being completed by the third week of July _ basically one month longer than a normal season. To have the regular-season down by mid-May _ leaving two months for playoffs _ that means you'd have to play something like 18 games a month from January through April, plus 10 games over the first two weeks of May. Throw in, as you mention, any COVID cancellations, and it's hard to see that working. I think 60 games might be more likely than 82.
Haven't heard anything like that,, but wouldn't rule it out. A two-year deal with Dunn, who wasn't even arbitration eligible this year as an RFA, would get you through two seasons of a flat cap.
I saw a report today that at least one-third of the teams in the NHL had taken him off their draft lists. In general, I say everyone deserves a second chance in life, but I've got to admit I'm not familiar with all the details of that case.
I'm not a big uniform guy, but I have to admit I'm not a fan of those unis. Even so, didn't they only where them like 3 times last season? How much damage could that do?
In this economic climate, it's hard to believe there will be much of a market for Dunn. So far, it certainly looks like a lot of teams will be spending under the cap. And if Seravalli's math is even close to accurate, it's hard to imagine an average loss of just under $60 million per team.
I never got to that info. Remember I was just coming off COVID when he signed. And now that Petro's gone, does it really matter. I'm sure the signing bonus was nowhere near $35 million, however, And I think the no move clause came in late in the deal.