He's coming off maybe his best offensive season, and he's 28 so that's a good sign, and not a great defensive season, though a step up from the season before. Toronto is going to be one of the big wild cards this offseason. Just how much pressure to do they feel to tear everything down and start again? They could let some players go and over pay other players.
I think Neighbours will be one or two seasons away from being in the lineup. He's 19 and hasn't played a pro year yet. He figures to get an expanded look in camp next season so the team can get an idea where he stands. I would not expect him to be in the NHL next season.
I apparently have been missing out on all these 50 or 60 goal scorers elsewhere in the league that have been benefitting from playing with the great centers who could have been helping Tarasenko.
Vladi is the preferred spelling. I have text messages to support that.
A six-year contract for a goalie is a big risk, the biggest ever taken at that position. I am not confident the Blues made the right decision, but their other options were ... go out and sign a free agent goalie? That's a very risky roll of the dice, which made signing Binnington the safer play. I'm sure most fans would prefer stalwart play in goal to great interviews or the occasional fiery outburst.
I was surprised Reaves did not get more games. Playoff penalties are like a lava lamp, constantly changing shapes. I can not describe one.
He will be unprotected in the expansion draft, and will likely be one of the more appealing players on the Blues list. If he's not taken, he is a player who will have a significant trade value. And unless a different defenseman gets taken in the draft, the Blues are looking to having a glut of defensemen. Though, as Larry Pleau told me a thousand times, "YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY DEFENSEMEN."
Rule 56, the rule regarding interference, takes up 2 1/2 pages in the NHL rule book. So there are a lot of variables that come into play and lots of room for referee discretion.
O'Reilly, Tarasenko, Schenn, Schwartz, Perron, Thomas, Kyrou, Faulk, Krug, Parayko, Binnington. If Schwartz isn't signed, Sundqvist.
All would be considered offensive defensemen rather than two-way defensemen.
If you still consider Kostin a prospect since he's played only a handful of NHL games and that Walman and Mikkola aren't prospects any more, then you're looking at Kostin, Perunovich, Neighbours, Hofer and I'm not quite sure who is fifth. But Kostin and Perunovich are the only ones likely to see the NHL next season, and Perunovich probably won't get much more than a cameo appearance.
It was said by several players on various occasions. Either Perron or Schenn said it late in the season, and whichever one didn't had said it earlier. It wasn't just one guy. The Blues posted most of the Zoom calls at some point, so you were really bored you could go through and find them if you wanted.
Pat Maroon may win his third Stanley Cup in a row this season. I don't think a team wins because a Stanley Cup just because it has Pat Maroon on its roster. The teams he played before he got to the Blues didn't.
Marner seems like a pretty good player to me. I don't know why Toronto would want to part with him. The big question will be how much Toronto over-reacts to their collapse. Considering it's Toronto, chances are high they will.
A UFA is on a team's roster until the close of the NHL business year, which usually is July 1. So July 28, when free agency begins this season is when a player is no longer under contract to a team. It's why right now, the Blues are the only team that can negotiate with their UFAs.
Jaskin is in talks to return to the NHL, but last I heard, the Blues were not one of the teams he was talking to. He's actually a good defensive forward miscast in the NHL as a goalscorer
Not off the top of my head, and if I'd gotten this earlier in the chat, I'd have tried to look it up.
He seems to be pretty far down on the list, doesn't he? Lots of guys get it before he does. I think there are just other guys ahead of him and he's a guy who will do his thing anyway.
I think if you trade him you can get something in return and have $7.5 million in cap space. And he's a valuable asset.
OK, way more questions left in the hopper than I expected. Sorry about not getting to all of them. We'll be back next week, and I suspect that the Tarasenko issue isn't going to go away until, well, next season starts or a decision is reached. Thanks for joining in. Sorry again to the ones I didn't get to. Gordo will be around Friday and you can try him.