Welcome to the chat. No way to put a pretty face on it: The Blues are in big, big trouble. It's really hard to see a way back for them. With that said, let's go to the questions.
Almost anyone on this team could be traded now, but Dunn would be a leading candidate for a lot of reasons: He's young, he'll still be an RFA so cost-protected, and has an upside. He probably only gets you a second-round pick at best, but right now, the Blues can stand to re-stock the farm system. At first, it looked like they would trade him to get back under the cap. Then when it looked like they would keep him because he was the player most likely to go in the expansion draft. Now, it probably matters less to the Blues if they lose Dunn and somebody else.
This will be one of the gambles the Blues will have to consider. If Dunn is gone, Sundqvist would be one of the players likely left exposed, unless the Blues took a chance on exposing Perron and hoping his age would scare them away. But would his injury situation lead the Kraken somewhere else? Still, is he was only going to miss the first month or so of the season, the Kraken would be well-advised to grab him, I would think. It's a long-term play.
I don't think you're going to see a "hockey trade," of player for player right now. Teams that are dumping players are sending them to contenders, and the Blues aren't going to get someone back from an expiring UFA. The Blues need to restock the farm system. Other than Kostin, not much on the forward front in the system. Maybe if you can get a prospect from a team in one of these deals, that would be good. But it will be tough to get someone that helps right away, but if they could get a youngster who's a year away, that would be a good take for them. But for that, there will need to be a team that thinks the missing piece is Hoffman or Dunn or someone like that.
If Armstrong thought he could salvage this season, it might be considered, but now, the focus is on next season. But if things don't play out next year with a good roster, then it's certainly on the table. And the injuries this season are certainly a mitigating factor, though the team is starting to play just as bad now that players are coming back.
If Berube doesn't work, Tortorella is the answer?
Armstrong said that things were going on behind the scenes (or actually, I think he compared it to a duck paddling his feet, so in this case underwater), but right now, I would expect that the talks have gone on hold pending whether it matters or not. There is always the chance for a Tkachuk like return if you moved him on, but he was also 35 at the time and was eager to come back. Schwartz has more of a future ahead of him, so that wouldn't be a given to come back.
Based on recent games, that would be right in the wheelhouse. But I didn't think the Blues would play a 2-1 game with Colorado.
Canada has reduced the quarantine on players crossing the border to seven days, and with the COVID running through the Canucks, the league has plenty of reason to still be cautious. And that player going from New York to Los Angeles can only play the next day if he flies on a charter and not a commercial flight. Otherwise, he has a quarantine too.
All the UFAs are available, as is Dunn. And at this point, if the right offer is made, almost anyone could probably be had. There are probably only a few untouchables, along with a few guys whose contracts make them untradeable. Not sure of the market for Bozak, especially with his cap hit, but Hoffman and Dunn should attract some interest.
On schedule for next season, assuming things are back to normal and there are fans in the building. Which I'm guessing will be the case.
I think the "window" for the Blues with the current cast of characters is closing rapidly. Armstrong could decide that this season was an anomaly, between the injuries keeping them away from full strength and COVID keeping the new faces for fitting into the group. Krug, like Faulk, figures to be better in his second season. Tarasenko should be closer to 100 percent, though it's still to be seen what fully healthy looks like for him. There could be the feeling that a jolt is needed, and a big name is traded. But if next season doesn't pan out, then the window is closed and the overhaul begins. Right now, this team has a lot of talent and is underperforming. But definitely some extenuating circumstances.
On Wednesday, the NBCSN has an exclusive window that goes for 90 minutes, I believe, after the start of its late game. So if the Blues game started at 7, it couldn't be televised locally. The second game on NBCSN, Montreal at Toronto, starts at 7:30 Eastern. Colorado at Minnesota also starts at 8 Central tonight
I used to work for Nabisco, so I have some brand loyalty.
I would think it would be the responsibility of the acquiring team to deal with that. After all, what do the Blues care any more? And the league would monitor how he got there. Teams have people in charge of making sure the protocols are being followed.
Maybe 4-1. Even with a struggling team like the Blues, hockey game can change quickly.