I doubt this is too much of a concern for the Blues front office. Business is business. If the Blues think hockey in Kansas City at some level is a good thing, that's what they'll work on.
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This club's identity is a bit in flux with all the personnel changes going on. Ultimately, it will reflect Berbue's preferred style, of getting the puck in the zone, getting in on the forecheck, establishing zone time and going from there. Armstrong needs to find players to fit that style. That style also requires a good bit of cohesion, getting the puck in the right place where a forechecker can get it back. Last year, the Blues were missing a lot of the glue, with Pietrangelo gone, Parayko not at his best, and all the other injuries, the things that held the team together and kept them on track. With lots of changes apparently in the offing for this season, it may be tough to get that this season. Putting the pieces together on this team will not be simple. It will be an interesting season in that regard, which doesn't always translate to success.
It's their own fault for having lists turned in so early and the announcement so late. Hard to keep things under wraps that long.
Bishop makes about $5 million, so the Blues would be getting only about $2.5 million of added cap space and for a goalie who would play how many games? Binnington thrives on work, so that's a lot to spend on someone who the Blues would be hoping wouldn't play much. The Blues can better spend that money in other places.
Why is it important to come out? Because many feel the need to keep that part of their life hidden, which can take a toll. They should be able to live their life in the open like everybody else. Who cares? The LGBTQ community, for one, which can see someone like them doing things that up to now they hadn't seen people like them doing. Think of a youngster who is gay and loves to play hockey, but doesn't think the NHL is something he can do because no one has done it. Because who knows how that player who comes out will be received, how tough that will be,. It matters a lot. I salute him.
I do not think it's an option. If a player were to hold out, I think he wouldn't get paid. While Tarasenko can certainly afford not to get paid, one thing he can't afford to do is not play. After two basically lost seasons, a third one would be foolish. But I have to admit to not having all the ramifications and procedures that would be involved in front of me.
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I believe they have to clear that amount in players selected in the draft today. Then they would have to hit it again when rosters are submitted the day before opening day. In between, I think they could drop below it. Though don't hold me to that.
It's a varying rate of probability. The Blues could re-sign a couple of them. Does the loss of Tarasenko and Schwartz make Hoffman more palatable, since they need goals? So maybe one leads to the other. Do the Blues want to get in a bidding war for Schwartz? Does moving Tarasenko free up the money to up their offer to Schwartz? Do they see a place to play Bozak, or is he getting in the way of a younger forward? I think there's a decent chance none of them are back, but as we've seen in the past month, the Blues situation is changing quickly. I thought there was almost no chance on Hoffman returning, but he's probably gone up. Schwartz will draw interest. Is Bozak looking for a multi-year deal?
I was talking about this with someone the other day. I remember in Vegas' first season that they weren't thrilled to be in playoff contention so soon because it meant they had to break from their plan to trade guys off at the deadline to get more youngsters. Vegas' success, and the amount of talent out there, shows that the Kraken can build for today. It may be tough to capture the lightning in a bottle that Vegas did, but they won't be as miserable as a lot of other expansion teams were.
They could, though I don't think the Blues have a full-fledged ECHL affiliate at the moment. And they'd still be on the hook for most of his salary cap hit.
GMs seldom trade within their own division for obvious reasons. For the same reason, I would think a trade to the East is more likely, and that's where the interest seems to be anyway.
Santini showed well in his limited time, but he's not more than a depth guy. If he breaks camp with the team, it means someone is hurt, or a lot more trades have happened than I saw coming. Walman and Mikkola will see a bigger role this season. Like Kostin, there's little more to gain from sending them back to the AHL. At this point, it's either play them or trade them.
This is true. Seattle's expansion fee is $650 million, so it works out to a bit over $21 million.
If he did, that would be the way to go. I just don't know that it's the best option.
Cap space shouldn't be a factor. Landeskog will be the plum candidate out there. Zach Hyman of Toronto warrants a look
No, I don't think that happens. That has not been Armstrong's style. He might be willing to retain some salary on a player like Tarasenko, but otherwise, I can't see him having the interest, or the space, to take on a dead contract.