Foegele would be a fine acquisition for the Blues, though I think the Blues would be getting the better end of that deal. He made $2.1 million last season.
Questions are running low, so if you've got some, now would be a good time to ask.
It's weird to look at this group. Where's Vegas? Back in the Pacific, that's where, along with all those other teams in California. It's tough for me to think about this now since the Blues played so few of these teams this season. Based on what I saw this season, I'd have Arizona higher, but the Coyotes look as though they could be back to rebuilding as they try to hire a new coach. The middle of that division looks like a blob. Question will be if the Blues are closer to the top or to the middle. If they're in the middle, they're in for quite a fight. The Wild did better than expected this season, so there's a chance they do some backsliding. This season provided precious few answers and a lot of questions, which will be the big challenge for Armstrong this offseason, figuring out just who this team is.
Technically his retirement is from the NHL and he intends to move back to Sweden, but he said he intends to take some time off, so if he was to play in Sweden, it sounds like it wouldn't be this season. And after taking a season off, it gets a lot harder to get back into the swing of things. If he returns to hockey, I think it would be as a coach.
I guess if I think he will end his career with a different team, I'm leaving it.
Not necessarily. Arizona and Seattle head coaching jobs, and their staffs, are still open, so there is still the potential for movement within the business. But it seems like the Blues aren't initiating any movement.
His ceiling is an elite player. He's shown hints of that, which is why I think it's possible, but he has not been near it on anything approaching a consistent basis. Some extended stretches of good health would help.
They have, and as I recall, it's the same as has been used in the Eastern Conference for playing the other conference (two) and the other division (three) and then four against the other seven teams in your division. So those five-game season series the Blues would have will be gone. I think that adds up: 30+24+28=82.
Danault was fourth on my Selke ballot, so yes, I think he'd be someone for the Blues to look at. He had a $3 million cap hit this season and will be getting a raise, so his price may end up being near what Bozak made. Yes, he's not that spectacular offensively but he's very strong defensively (and probably better than Bozak offensively). I don't know that he's the kind of guy who is going to get a gigantic long-term deal, which would be fine with the Blues.
The idea, as best as I can tell, is one guy advances the puck as far as he can, draws a defender toward him, leaves the puck for the next guy who is already going fast and he can either exploit a weakness to get the puck into the offensive zone or draw another defender and allow another player skating quickly to get it and repeat the process. So it can be a valid plan for a zone entry, especially on a power play where eventually you have more players than the other guy, but if you do it in the wrong place, and aren't conscious of where the other team's players are, it leads to a bad look going the other way.
The AHL was the testing ground for four on four and three on three overtimes and on the lose-your-helmet, go-to-the-bench rule we saw this season, but I don't think they had anything they were working with this season since it was screwy. But then again, it was so screwy, I very well could have missed it.
The Blues could use that pick to add a top end player to a system that is running low on depth, but I don't think Armstrong would hesitate to trade it if he thought it would bring him a player who would help the team. I don't see the Blues making deals to bring draft picks. Armstrong is in a win-now mode, so if he's making trades, it's for players (or for picks he can use for players). Armstrong said he expects with the expansion process that it will be a busy summer. I'll defer to him on that.
I think Tampa Bay will win the series, but the Islanders refuse to go away. Whether that happens tonight or Friday, I don't know. I can very easily see New York winning tonight.