Help me out here chatters. Does Oleksiak have what it takes to be a No. 1-pairing D-man? He's averaged 20 minutes a game only once in his career and that was this season. If nothing else it would have to be one of the tallest pairings in the league.
Appreciate your thoughts. A Blues team without Schwartz, Hoffman or Tarasenko in 2021-22, better come up with some additional goal scoring from elsewhere. You can't expect O'Reilly, Perron and Schenn _ and I guess Kyrou - to do it all And there aren't that many goal scorers available on the current free agent market.
You normally inherit the contract when you trade for another player. (Although there are instances when the old team retains some of the salary to facilitate the trade.)
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Too much I'd say. I think I'd go Sanford, Dunn and a first.
A big problem if that's the case. Especially if you're losing Dunn in the expansion draft. You'd go Krug-Faulk; Scandella-XXX; and then either Walman-Bortuzzo or Mikkola-Bortuzzo. Don't know if Mikkola or Walman would be ready for No. 2-pairing minutes.
Thanks for the insight. He made $2.5M last year. The Stars have decent cap space (more than $15M), and not a lot of high-profile UFA's. So they should be in a good position to re-sign him.
RFA's almost never budge because the existing team has matching rights, so you can forget about that one. I would also think it would be hard to get Landeskog out of Colorado. The Avalanche do have some big names with expiring contracts (Grubauer, Landeskog and Saad are pending UFAs/Makar and Jost are pending RFAs). But they also have $25 million in cap space.
By all accounts they certainly did in St. Louis. Which could help make a deal. But I can't see the rebuilding Coyotes investing $7.5 million for a player with a history of shoulder problems, and giving up one of their top players to boot.
I think Dunn would top the list.
Two years is a lifetime in pro sports. A lot can happen.
In general, I think fans are overlooking the defensive issues. The Blues were 19th in he regular season in team defense (2.98 goals allowed per game, for their worst showing in more than a decade). That's where the most improvement has to come, whether it's on the D or in the net, and whether it's from within or without.
I'm sure there will be some league-wide, but can't say when it comes to the Blues.
Jaden Schwartz has had five seasons of 19 goals or more in the regular season. He led the Blues in playoff goals during the Cup run. In no way, shape or form are Barbashev, Sundqvist MacEachern, Blais and Joshua as productive.
Facts are facts. Since entering the Edmonton bubble last July, the Blues are a sub-.500 club. This is a big year for Berube and the entire club. I don't think Berube minds faster, quicker players at all. He just wants faster, quicker players that play some semblance of defense and are willing to check people.
You lose one player and that's it. You can only lose one player.
Interesting question. Kyrou had a better season. But we all know what Thomas can do, especially a healthy Thomas. I guess if you're looking more for a setup man, I'd say Thomas. If you want a goal scorer, you look for Kyrou. Right now, I'd think Kyrou's stock - and thus his trade value - might be higher. I'm certainly protecting both of them in the expansion draft if I'm the GM, and I'd have a hard time trading either.
Yes, I am planning on being in Canton. Received word from the HOF just before this chat started that my credential request had been approved. It may take a while for Torry Holt to get in. But I feel confident he will get in. And you could be right about Holt being the final StL Ram to make the Hall, although London Fletcher could have a chance.
The shoulder injury this past season was an obvious setback. I think they will give him a good look in camp, but he's probably better suited to getting some seasoning in the AHL. Glad you brought up his name. He's certainly someone to keep an eye on this season.
Yeah, Martinez would be a nice pickup, especially if you're losing Dunn. But it certainly would have to be a short-term deal - 2 or 3 years as you say - since Martinez turns 34 at the end of this month.
I can't sit here and tell you that the Blues and Tarasenko have definitely agreed to part ways. Armstrong always seems to check out all of his options. The Blues (and I'm sure Tarasenko as well) were expecting more from Tarasenko this year than they got - even factoring in the understandable rust. The team has seemed to play better without Tarasenko in the lineup this season and last. But I'm unaware of any fallout
But both Joel Hofer and Colten Ellis need AHL seasoning. It's one thing to star in junior hockey, quite another to do it at the NHL level. Hofer has played only 11 AHL games; Ellis has yet to play a pro game.
All due respect but I just can't see it. Chara will turn 45 before the end of the coming season.
Draft evaluation certainly will be trickier this year, not only because of shortened or canceled junior and college seasons, but also because of the lack of in-person scouting. The Blues should be able to get a good prospects at No. 16 overall. Here are some of the names I've seen mentioned (not by the Blues, mind you) that could be available when the Blues pick: Saha Pastujov, Cole Sillinger, Matthere Coronato, Chaz Lucius, Zachary L'Heureux at forward; Corson Ceulemans and Carson Lambos on defense; and Jesper Wallstedt at goalie.
That's all the time we have for today. Sorry I was a little slow on the responses today. (I chalk it up to rust). Thanks for your participation. Some excellent questions. Until next time. . . . .