As good a draft pick as the Blues can get. The Blues are going to have a cap issue to deal with soon when Tarasenko comes back. There hasn't been an update in a while, but we're almost in February, and that's when he's projected to be around. So the Blues will have to clear some space, so if they trade Dunn -- or someone else -- they won't be wanting an active NHL player back. (Unless it's part of some bigger, more complex deal.) A high draft pick would be in order, though that might depend on how good the team that's acquiring him is.
Certainly other factors are in play. The Blues are going to have to make a salary cap move at some point. The length of time it took to get a contract done this summer points to the two sides having some disagreement on the player's value. It's not unlike Edmundson's situation. Why did they keep going to arbitration? Because the Edmundson camp thought he was worth more than the Blues camp did. If the Blues figure they're going to have this issue again down the road, and you've got to move someone, that's a good place to start. There are plenty of reasons to keep Dunn. He's got a big offensive upside and you just have to get him to learn the defensive side. He's young and cost-contained for a few years. But if you're going to trade someone, you always need someone who another team is going to want. Dealing Gunnarsson would accomplish the same thing cap wise, but the market for him probably isn't as robust as Dunn.
I have to double check the math, but Dunn makes $1.8 million this year, which should be enough to handle what they're over the cap when Tarasenko comes back. I think Gunnarsson at $1.75 million would be enough too.
Went for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which means I've bumped the leftover salmon back to dinner tonight.
No shortage of centers there. Considering Clifford isn't getting much ice time when he's out there, and that de la Rose wouldn't be getting much ice time either, it probably wouldn't have that big an impact on the bottom line. Would give the team another penalty killer out there, and at the rate this team goes to the box, you can't have enough of those.
The options would seem to be inserting Blais on that wing, or putting in de la Rose and bumping Sundqvist up. If it goes on for more than one game, I could see both options being used, since Berube will want to get Blais games, and will want to do that too with de la Rose, though I think Blais would be the long-term choice. We may get an idea in the next 45 minutes when the Blues take the ice in Las Vegas, so I'll be checking Jim's Twitter feed for updates. Since de la Rose hasn't played yet this season, he could be used tomorrow.
Berube didn't seem to think Perunovich was ready when camp ended -- at least, he was uncertain about him -- and he's only had practices in between, and not many with the full squad. But Perunovich isn't a long way down the road. He could be playing with the team this season. With Mikkola and Walman in the wings, they h have time on him. Getting some games in Utica would be a good thing for him.
He hasn't been on the ice yet, but the Blues brought him on the trip. That's all we know at the moment. He's been out long enough now that he's going to need a few practice sessions to get back up to speed, so Thursday would seem unlikely. Presumably if they didn't think he might play on this trip, they wouldn't have brought him along. Those chances might be slim, but under the COVID protocols, if they didn't bring him on the trip with the team, he probably wouldn't be able to play because of the quarantine he'd have to do if he flew commercial and joined them later. But his presence on the trip is an encouraging sign.
That might be pushing it. And Faulk already got a crack at Stone.
He admitted last night after the game that while it was something he's done dozens of times and that's never happened, but that that was embarrassing.
No. I would think we would see Jon Gillies, who's in Utica, before we see Hofer. Hofer has yet to play a game above juniors. That would be asking a lot.
I don't know if this season will be different -- let's face it, it is different -- but sitting NHL players is something that happens mostly on the margins. You can sit third pairing defensemen and fourth line forwards, but anything above that really goes against the hockey ethos. So Barbashev could get a game off, for sure, but it's going to take a lot for Thomas to be sat for some rest. And it's not like the taxi squad is brimming with phenoms. Robert Thomas would have to be playing very poorly before having Mackenzie MacEachern in, even in a different spot on the lineup, produces a net gain. Though if that ever happens, it will be in the next three weeks, because this is when the schedule is the worst.
I think they're going to give Husso some time. They've waited five years for him to get this chance, they'll give him more than 80 minutes.
The Blues have, I believe, 10 back to back games, so right now, it's looking like he'll start 46 games barring injuries.
That was a heck of a play, fighting off Pietrangelo and going to goal. That play took both speed and strength for Kyrou. A very good sign. And a play like that will do wonders for his confidence. Taking on and beating a top-class defenseman will do that for you.