Jeff Gordon probably is the better person to ask. I tihink, on paper Chcago has closed the gap, but I still give the Blues the edge. Fleury of course is a great equalizer but the Blues have had some success against him.
To my knowledge, Tarasenko has been training in Florida much of the offseason. As for your college buddies, I think there's a difference between "reports" and rumors. I think there has been more rumor than report so far on the Tarasenko front. Along those lines, I remember a lot of "reports" that Seattle would claim Tarasenko in the expansion draft and then flip him in a trade for assets. We'll see what happens. To me, there is some logic to the Islanders scenario assuming the Blues would be willing to retain some of that salary.
If that's the case, would Tarasenko want to keep playing in St. Louis, and we all live happily ever after?
We've gone through all the questions in the que. If you've got a question you want to get in, now's your chance.
Have not heard anything new. But I appreciate you asking.
I'm sure he called around to a lot of clubs. And I'm pretty sure he would've been in on Landeskog had the Avs captain reached the market. I wouldn't be surprised if they poked around on Suter, but a four-year term had to be a non-starter.
I think Colorado and Vegas are still the teams to beat in the Western Conference, but they've come back to the pack. The Central I believe will be tight and balanced, with newcomer Arizona at the bottom and Nashville lagging. But I think Chicago's better. It should be fun.
Have heard Beauvillier's name come up in rumors. He's a RFA with arbitration rights but did not seek arbirtation. So in any trade, the Blues would simply retain his rights. He made $2.1 million a year on his last contract. I think in any deal, the Isles would want the Blues to retain some of Tarasenko's cap count.
This just in. Sanford has agreed to terms with the Blues on a one-year, $2 million contract. That leaves $1.53 million in salary cap space left to sign their lone remaining RFA, Robert Thomas.
I think we're already there.
Sure. Assuming, of course, the Isles want to make the deal
I thought he might come in at about $2 million to $2.25 million. Keep in mind, 1.) teams are allowed to be over the cap at this time of year; 2.) The Blues could elect to open the season with only 22 players on their roster, which would free up any cap money for Thomas; 3.) Tarasenko could be traded at some point; 4.) It's possible Sundqvist could open the season on LTIR, coming off knee surgery, which would free up cap room.
You never know. But I agree with you. I'd hate to give up on Thomas just yet.
I don't recal the Rolen circumstances. But if Tarasenko has a beef about his comments, he needs to address them publicly instead of hiding behind his agent. One other thing: Tarasenko scored 44 goals - 44 - after the first surgery. That's 33 regular-season goals and 11 postseason goals during the Stanley Cup season. Kind of hard to imagine having that kind of season on a bum shoulder. As for the second surgery, I don't know. Maybe that's diffeernt.
Thats a good point. I've heard nothing publicly, but I'm sure the NHL has to be thinking about it.
None that come to me off the top of my head. But there are lots of ways to get under the cap with Thomas. I mentioned a few of them in an earlier post.
OK, looks like that's it for today. I'm off to post something on Sanford, then its off to Canton for Isaa Bruce's indcution. And then it's off for a few weeks. Thanks for all your questions this season and offseason. See you in September. . . . .