They should be back up and running this fall. Their opening night is Oct. 16.
The division certainly works in their favor. It's a little harder than usual for me to get a feel on the division because the Blues played so few of those teams last season, but once you get past Colorado, the division kind of sits there with no one making a great claim for second.
Tarasenko has the potential to score goals, so that's always appealing to some extent. Goals are never a bad thing. I was of the belief that Seattle's interest in Tarasenko would be to trade him somewhere else and retain some salary, which would get them a better return than the Blues would have gotten. But I also thought Dunn was always the smart pick for the Kraken.
With an 82-game schedule, four team divisions would be complicated. How many times can the Blues play Minnesota? Four of eight I would think is the future. 32 is an ideal number for leagues.
I think 32 is where they will stay. 33 is a weird number. There's always talk of Carolina or Florida relocating, with Houston and a Canadian city as the main options. But right now, I think the status quo will prevail.
Only that the Calgary GM is said they don't want to move him and all indications are that if they did, the cost would be quite high. The Blues would have to give up so much to get Tkachuk that I don't know that the deal would be a net-plus
I'm not seeing that, so maybe you're looking at an early version that has been corrected. Dunn is an RFA. The Blues will be losing a good, young, scoring defenseman who's not as bad defensively as his reputation suggests. The Blues will either replace him with a free agent signing or need Walman or Mikkola to step into that spot.
Yeah, I should have included Arizona on that list, but they're more likely to move within the Phoenix area. They've got new ownership which should keep them there, though the start has been rocky. Phoenix is a big city and only going to get bigger, so the league would do well to make that team survive.
25 percent maybe. Really hard to say. They'll make a run, but so will a lot of other teams. It could get very expensive very quickly.
That would be good for him. The question for the Blues is whether they have young guys they'd rather be playing than Bozak. He's a good defensive forward, not so much on offense any more. And he's good in a leadership role. The Blues may prefer a one-year deal. Bozak will obviously prefer longer.
The year the Blues were without a farm team was because the Hunt-backed AHL team in Kansas City didn't materialize because it was too expensive. Seattle's expansion team cost $650 million. That's a lot of money. Kansas City has the Sprint Center with a lot of open dates but still, Kansas City is probably not high on the NHL's list of candidates. The Blues wouldn't mind having a fan base in Kansas City. Though it's like the Chiefs having a fan base in St. Louis. Not sure how much difference that makes.
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I think both would be asking a lot, because a team that doesn't get one will be looking at the other.
It does seem like there's going to be more churning than normal, though the season the Blues won the Cup, they did it with a bunch of new faces. Though that team took half the season to come together. This may be the most money at once Armstrong has to spend, so it could his chance to make a splash. My concern/issue with Bozak continues to be if there's room for him once the Blues have restocked the shelves. Do you want him playing on the fourth line? Or on the third line ahead of some younger guys?
As my Cardinals colleague Derrick Goold has pointed out, consider what the team is giving up, in this case a young player with some cost-protected years ahead of him. When Tkachuk's contract runs out, he's an RFA. So Calgary isn't going to want to be any worse off than that. Unless the Blues are matching with a comparable talent, which I don't know that they have, you're talking a good player off the NHL roster, a prospect and a draft pick. Maybe two picks. It will be expensive.
The reporting being done today will be accurate, but it sounds like Seattle went off the board on some picks, which may speak to side deals with teams. In some cases, like with the Blues, it seemed fairly clear cut: Either Dunn or Tarasenko. Some teams, it appears the clear-cut choice isn't being taken. But I haven't scrutinized all of them yet.
Some NHL arenas were back to that at the end of the season, so assuming no variants take hold, the plan is for a resumption of normal operations, with full houses. (Though your mileage may vary; California, for instance, has been more restrictive in permitting large crowds.) It also will have a return to normal divisions, so it assumes the Canadian border is open.