There are still some things about Krug's game that puzzle me, but I thought his defense improved as the season went along. I think there were fewer situations down the stretch in which he got out-muscled. He really came on running the power play. I think he's an asset. And like Faulk, I would expect him to be better next season.
Based on how he played over the second half of the season, I think you roll with Husso.
A couple of things here on trading Tarasenko. He has a no-trade clause. And you'd be trying to trade him when his value is at an all-time low.
No, I don't think I've said I'm removing Thomas from my protected list. I think I may have indicated earlier that I don't consider him an "untouchable" in terms of trading him (if the deal was right). But overall, I'm not ready to move on from Thomas.
I don't know for sure on UFA's and the expansion draft. What I thought was the case, some are telling me is not the case. So I will check on this in the next week or so and try to get some clarity.
If you have better luck with injuries, I think it could be noticeably better with the same cast of characters. (Not that I expect them all to be back.) Thomas, Sundqvist, Schwartz, Blais, Tarasenko, Barbashev, all missed significant amounts of time. You expect some injuries, but not that many. And I'm certainly not saying you stand pat. I just think you don't need to overreact.
Agree. I'm definitely not seeing it. Not this year.
A pipe dream for sure. But it certainly would be nice.
Yes, I was surprised. I thought, and I said it on the radio, originally I thought Avs in 7. When Perron went down, I thought Avs in 6. And then 2 top six defensemen go down in Game 2. Even subtracting all those empty-net goals, the Blues were outscored by a 2-to-1 margin (14 to 7) - and that's not competitive.
Not necessarily. Bozak had played wing on a line centered by Thomas. Schenn prefers center, but has played a lot of wing as well. In an ideal world, I'd love to see Bozak playing center on a fourth line with Barbashev and Sundqvist on the wings. Now in theory, that would be some fourth line.
Tarasenko does have a full no-trade clause. And yeah, I get your overall point on Tarasenko. I could see if the Blues want to have one-more go-round with Tarasenkko.
I know people are upset over the way the season went, particularly how it ended. But I don't even see why Berube's job status is even a topic at this point. And yeah, even in hockey, at least some continuity is almost always a good thing.
We all love the Big Rig. I'm just not feeling it at this point in his career.