By the end of last season, Scandella was looking like a third pairing guy. At the end of the bubble season, he was looking like a second pairing guy, even a first-pairing guy, which is why he got the new contract. Whether or not the Blues need him to be a second pairing guy would depend on if someone like Mikkola makes a better case for it. But also, if he becomes a third pairing guy, at his salary, he may become expendable. Though, to quote Larry Pleau, you can never have too many defensemen. .
The Blues limited Husso's time last season as he made his debut and they rode Binnington in a short season. Still, assuming Binnington's healthy, I could see him playing 60-65 games. If he plays a lot less, it's not a good sign for the Blues since it means he's struggling.
If the Blues don't see Thomas becoming the player they hope, then they should certainly trade him. In any case, he would be one of the best trade chips they have, a young cost-contained center with a high upside. But that's also a reason to keep him. It would have been great if he hadn't had the injuries he's had because it would have been a lot easier to make an accurate assessment of him. That hasn't happened, though his analytics for this past year were the best of his young career. 2x2 for Bozak would be a big overpay in my view, especially considering he doesn't apparently even have a one-year offer that's too his liking. And reaching a deal with Sanford is a lot easier than reaching a deal with Thomas. A longer-term deal is a factor with Thomas; it's not with Sanford.
That's a big thing. Thomas potentially has a lot of good years ahead of him and even if he's not a first-line center, he's shown he can be a top nine and probably a top six. For a team like the Blues, those guys are hard to bring up to draft.
I don't know if it's stealthy or not. The Blues saw last season that their farm system could provide only so much help. The Blues essentially ran out of defensemen by the end of last season. They brought up Tyler Tucker in the playoffs, and though they didn't have to use him, he was the last healthy defenseman they had in the organization. They have to stock up somehow.
I think this team can play Berube's style. Buchnevich and Saad are both good fits, and Kyrou showed that he was getting in step with it by the end of the season. Very few NHL coaches have true job security, and Berube has had it the past two seasons but it doesn't go on forever. If the team is healthy and underperforms, a change could happen. We know this because Armstrong has done it before. Though a lot of other factors, like whether there is someone who would make it better, come into play. With a lot of new faces, there could be an adjustment period this year. If they're struggling but look like they're making progress, Berube will stay around.
When you look at the Stanley Cup season, you had Pietrangelo, Schwartz and Tarasenko, all players chosen in the first half of the first round. They were a key, maybe the key, part of the team. (You could probably include Perron in there too; if he hadn't been drafted by the Blues, decent chance he didn't sign there as a free agent.) I think you've got to have players like that that come up through the system, because they cost you less. On this Blues team, in that category you have Parayko, Binnington, Thomas and Kyrou. Maybe not exactly the same. The Blues have parlayed those picks through trades to get decent players, but it's clearly not a situation that can go on forever.
I don't have one. Last I heard things were going well, but that was a while ago.
Hello to those who have recently joined in. Seemed like the number got a big bump after the Cardinals game ended.
Show that his shoulder isn't a problem. Score some goals. Those two kind of go hand in hand. He's going to have to make it worth while for a team to acquire him.
As I recall, and I've been taking a quick look through our archives to get the specifics, it wasn't just one hit, it was a gradual thing. The first we noticed it was in a practice, when he left the ice early. (I remember turning to Lou Korac of NHL.com and saying, "Hmm, Parayko is walking back to the locker room with Ray Barile." Though he clearly wasn't in any kind of extreme pain.) So he first noticed it on the ice.
I do not have any keen insight on Vorobyov. You're ahead of me on that one Paul. The Blues are expecting him to play second-division hockey in Russia this season. At the time of the draft, Tony Feltrin, the Blues scouting boss, said, “He’s got good scoring ability, plays with hunger, good quickness."
Some of it will depend on lines, but the first unit could be O'Reilly, Perron, Schenn, Krug and maybe Kyrou. The Blues haven't gone with two D on one unit very often lately. Then you could have Thomas, Buchnevich, Tarasenko (if he's around), Kostin or Sundqvist and Parayko on the second. Another factor on that second unit would be who ends up on the line the Blues put out there after the power play ends. If that's a Sundqvist-Barbashev line, that would determine who plays on second unit.
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$52 million, for a $6.5 AAV, which is exactly the same as Faulk and Krug make.
That's a good price for Parayko, and with an eight year deal, you're looking at the franchise defenseman for years to come.
Parayko would have gotten more if he'd been in line for a new contract two years ago. Last couple of seasons have only been so-so compared to the Stanley Cup season, but it's clear the team continues to have high hopes for the return of that.
He hasn't been in those other guy's class the past couple of years, so that certainly brought his price down. By signing him early, Blues take a chance but also get a better deal since a good season would have driven his price higher.
OK, I've got to run and so some writing. There are a few questions unanswered, but that means you can ask them again next week when. drumroll please, Jim Thomas is back to do the chat. So thanks for joining in and get ready for next week and Jim's return. I'll bring the streamers.