I would say Thomas, Blais, Kyrou are the 3 leading candidates to take the next step in scoring. Blais has to stay healthy. (Blais was on a 20-goal pace after 20 games last season before the injuries struck. Thomas needs to look for his shot more _ I thought he was starting to do that last season. Kyrou needs to carve out a steady spot in the lineup. We all know he's got some sizzle in his game.)
I hear you. It definitely will have a different look to it.
Thx. I eat very little fast food.
That's one of the key questions for the team entering the season. Looks like that's how they'll start. But you have to think Husso won't have the longest leash in the world.
Hmmm! I like how you're thinking. But if you're Steen, how do you walk away from $3.5M. (That's his actual salary for this year, even though his cap hit is $5.75 million.)
No, I think players quickly move beyond such things _ for the most part _ especially once someone becomes your teammate.
Yes, but once Steen returns to the lineup then the Blues would have to count his cap hit. The only way they would escape the cap hit is if he remained on LTIR all season.
Hold on. let me call Armstrong. (I kid, I joke.) How about 5 years, at $6 million per year? (Realistic? Too much? Too little?)
Maybe I missed something, but I'm not aware that he has made it a habit of continually complaining about being left at the altar. But you're right about the big picture. It's business. These things happen. It's done. And it's time to move on.
As I understand it, in terms of cap count, it's treated just like salary. No different.. Now, unlike regular salary, it can be paid out in advance. And if a player gets bought it _ signing bonus money can't be bought out, meaning the player gets the money no matter what.
I haven't seen Hall play all that much. But I guess if I was putting a premium on goal-scoring and overall offensive skill, I'd go with Hall. If I was emphasizing all-around play, I'd take Hall. I don't think Hall is as good defensively. Just one example, and certainly not the end-all/be-all stat: Hall is minus-42 over his career; Schwartz is plus-72. That's a difference of plus-11.
I think it's Faulk, followed by Binnington.
I like your optimism. But I doubt Ottawa would take on nearly $11 million in cap space on two players in their mid 30s.
Maybe some. But Armstrong is the one who sets the roster _ coming and going.
I think you start with Scandella-Parayko and Krug-Faulk. (Krug and Faulk do know each other and have been teammates before in the World Championships.)
Sorry, I sent out the answer first on the defensive pairings question.
You never say never with Armstrong but it looks like that's what's going to happen. Remember last year, the Blues had Tarasenko for only 10 regular season games, yet still had their highest goals per game average (3.14) since the '94-95 season. It may be asking a lot to expect lightning to strike twice.
Pretty sure the cap hit goes away under that scenario.
It all makes sense. Who knows if that's how it plays out, but that's part of the beauty of sports, isn't it?
Couldn't answer all the questions today, and I apologize for that. As you know, I'm not the fastest anwer-er anyway and was a little rusty today as well. But save your questions for next Wednesday and please come back. Thanks everyone and regards. . . .JT