Yeah, I noticed that. Keep in mind, the extra years on the extension make him eligible to be placed on Montreal's expansion list after this coming season.
Yes, he did (at plus-15). And during the Stanley Cup year he was third on the team (at plus-14).
Again, it could be a move just to make Allen eligible to be exposed by Montreal in the expansion draft.
I think Krug's a better skater than Faulk. I don't think the system fit would be an issue. But after playing so many years in one system with one team _ I wonder if the overall adjustment will be an issue (as it was for Faulk).
Thomas definitely at center. I think Schenn works either way, although I think he prefers center.. (And thx I'm feeling much better.)
A little sandpaper in the lineup never hurts, right?
The Blues loaned Kostin to Avangard Omsk of the Kontential Hockey League, with the proviso that he could be returned to the Blues once the NHL preseason camp started. It was a move just to get him some playing time. He has zero goals, two assists and is minus-1 in seven games so far in the KHL. Kostin is just 21, but he's had 3 seasons in the AHL now. It's time for him to make a major push for a roster spot as a power forward.
Interesting that you should mention this. Pre-pandemic, there was some mention that this could be a possibility in the North American hockey media. I forget now exactly where I saw it _ but it was out there. With the flat cap and depressed market, it would seem like a longshot.
No. They don't even know exactly when the season starts.
It's gotta be O'Reilly, I would think. But isn't it Berube who makes that decision.
I think you've got to bring him back. Yeah, he's streaky. But so are a lot of other players. He's had at least 19 goals in five of his last seven seasons, and has been one of the Blues top performers in each of the last two playoffs. Despite his reputation for being injury-prone, he played in all 71 games this past season. Despite his small stature, he'll work the corners and go to the front of the net. He has quickness and tenacity. He's in the prime of his career at 28. That's my case.
Actually, the Rams left because Stan Kroenke had an "out" clause in his stadium lease, and had no loyalty to the St. Louis market. I can't really speak of the Cardinals' financial situation _ maybe you should bring that up in one of our Cardinals chats. As for the Blues, the NHL is much more dependent on revenue from attendance than the NFL, MLB or NBA. The Blues lost money last season because of the pandemic and stand to lose more dollars going forward if the NHL begins this season without fans or with limited fans. I believe the NHL is about to get a boost in TV dollars in the next round of contracts, but still needs the fans. I'm sure they're hoping things will improve once there's a vaccine. As for now, the flat cap and increased escrow from players is helping somewhat, but it's pretty much a band-aid. Lots of teams, including the Blues, still have employees that are laid off and furloughed. And as you can see on the free-agent market, not nearly as much money is being spent, so there's belt-tightening taking place there.
I could be wrong. I think it's the coach. I'll have to check on this.
Well, for one, you have to be under contract to be traded, and at the moment both Dunn and DeBrusk are RFA's.
Yeah, he's at $5.35M entering this season. Hard to predict where the market may be after 20-21. But it probably won't be great with another flat cap year coming.
I think I might have heard about some rumblings either in the '17-18 season or early in the '18-19 campaign, but I have no direct knowledge of that. And if it was the case, it certainly didn't hurt them in '18-19.
I get that, but it still wouldn't preclude O'Reilly from getting the "C."
Point taken. We'll see how it works out.
It doesn't seem like it's hurt them too much in the past.
He's got to earn it, but I definitely think it's Kyrou's time. Kostin seems like he's a little further away.