Join Blues beat writer Tom Timmermann for his live chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Join Blues beat writer Tom Timmermann for his live chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

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    Got some good stuff at the Blues sale the other day. You go? Or you guys get free stuff?
    We do not get free stuff from the Blues.
  • Stinks we lost both Dunn and Schwartz to the Kraken. From what I read it seems the foundation of the contract was laid during their window, but Schwartz wanted to think about it. Wish he would have just signed that way we kept Dunn.
    Blues would have liked that, since Dunn is an attractive asset to deal and could help them get someone else. Or, as has been suggested, to keep because he's a good player. Blues had a year to re-sign Schwartz, and obviously their offer was lower than five years, $5.5 million. I would think Blues would have been OK with that price, but not so OK with the term. Just like with Backes, that fifth year was probably a sticking point. With his style of play, those last couple of years could be tricky.
    Has the Tarasenko drama hurt this team in more ways than one this offseason? Seems like this has distracted not only the team, but Armstrong as well
    It has thrown another ball in the air this offseason, but in some ways, it opens up more options for Armstrong and potentially more money to work with. Armstrong said at the end of the season that changes needed to be made, and certainly people were asking here about the virtue of trading Tarasenko much of last season, so it's not as if this is something that popped up out of left field. (My answer at the time was usually, it's an option, but I don't think you're getting much of a return on him.) But the tricky part now is that bringing Tarasenko back is less of an option than it was before. That's the tightrope to navigate.
    One-time Blue Dmitrij Jaskin has returned to the NHL, as long rumored, signing with Arizona, reuniting him with Bill Armstrong. Jaskin scored a lot of goals in the KHL, and while that might have eased his return to North America, I still think he's miscast as some big goalscorer. He's a very solid defensive forward who can score goals. If Arizona looks at him as a top-line forward and big offensive guy, I think they'll be disappointed.
    As a Blues fan, with what DA has been able to do in recent years, I think we all trust in his process. But its rather confusing so far to try and understand what his process is this offseason.
    You can't always pull off miracles. Sometimes moves are hard to make, whether it's engineering trades or signing free agents. That often leads to a point where you're paying over-market on someone, and then you really have to be right. The Blues are in a position where they have to make some kind of a move for next season because a lot is going out the door.
    Any word on Dougie Hamilton?
  • As of last look, he's still out there. But probably not coming to the Blues.
    I read JR's column yesterday and he says the Blues need a lefty shooting DMan? We need a righty DMan not a lefty or left side. Say Parayko is not healthy? Bortuzzo can never make it through a season. What about Zac Bogosian he is tough big and cheap a UFA.
    At the moment, the Blues left-side defensemen are Krug, Mikkola and Walman. Scandella has played the left. The Blues have Krug, Faulk, Parayko, Scandella, Mikkola, Walman and Bortuzzo. To add another defenseman, it means one of those guys is going somewhere else, and Mikkola and Walman are both past the point where playing in the AHL does them any good. Plus, they would both have to pass through waivers anyway, and would likely get claimed. I don't know that dealing the first three is going to lead to any net gain in talent, which is why I'm thinking that, unless Mikkola and Walman can be parlayed into something better, it's going to be hard to bring in another defenseman who's going to make a difference. With the cap situation, the Blues need guys who are making the kind of money Mikkola and Walman are. Then again, a year ago in free agency, I didn't see a Krug move coming, so what do I know?
    Do the Blues roll with Husso or do you see them bringing in a vet to push Binnington and maybe spell him more? Binner hasn't exactly been great in his recent playoffs
    I see the Blues rolling with Husso. Bringing in an experienced goalie is going to cost at least $2 or $3 million, and that's an expense the Blues would just as soon avoid. Husso started poorly and finished well. He's another guy who gains nothing from going back to the AHL, and, again, probably wouldn't get through waivers anyway. The market for goalies is a bit insane right now. Unless Husso is a trade piece for someone else, he'll be back in goal.
    What in the world is Vegas doing? They have 212K cap space left after bringing in Dadonov & have only 12 forwards, 6 D & 2 goalies with 1 RFA left to sign & no room for any healthy scratches. That's after giving MAF away & having 3 guys that belong in the AHL on you roster so it looks full. At least 1 good sized contract has to go to make it work, right?

    BTW Bogosian resigned in Tampa
    Vegas has a tendency to over-react and their solution is to go get an expensive player. We may be seeing situations like last season where they couldn't put 20 players in their lineup because they didn't have room under the cap if someone gets hurt. 
    They may not have handled the Fleury situation well, but I don't know how it could have come as a surprise to anyone involved. They had two good goalies, one 36 and one 30, one signed for one more year, one signed for four. (And for $2 million less.) Moving Fleury was always the move they were going to make, starting from the day they signed Lehner. 
    OReilly, Perron, Sanford, Schenn, Buchnevich, Thomas, Kyrou, Kostin, Sunny, Barby, Clifford with Joshua and Mac in the press box just seems short one all star to play with Schenn and Buchy
    Zach Sanford seems the wild card in this. There is always the potential for him to score some goals, but it's the kind of thing to not believe until you really see it. Thomas also needs to take that big step and show he can be a top two center. He hasn't quite shown that consistently yet, in part because whenever he gets close, he gets hurt and starts all over again. If Sundqvist, Barbashev and Clifford are the fourth line, that bodes well.
    Agreed that Vegas was going to move Fleury, & I would expect that they get draft picks or prospects in return, but why on earth do you also trade for anoth $5M contract when you are already having to make move to get below the cap?
    One reason may be that that's the only way they know to get players. Their farm system hasn't really cranked out anybody. The Blues, for instance, have guys like Thomas and Kyrou and Parayko who came up through the system and who they had (or still have) on entry-level contracts. When you have that, you can spend on higher priced players and still get under the cap. Vegas doesn't have that. Their team consists almost entirely of free agents, players they got in trades or in the expansion draft. And their solution so far to filling a need is to go out and sign another player. It can't go on forever. Though so far, they've had pretty good results. When they went out in the semifinals this season, it was quickly apparent that they would respond by going out and solve the problem with cash.
    Looks like every NHL team is looking for big, gritty wingers and dmen. Sounds like the blues blue print. Looks like the cupboard is bare after the first hour. Awful convenient to be able to contact and woo a free agent and sign them within the first hour of free agency. Th is is the same conduct that costs the Bluetooth when they tries to resign Scott Stevens. The Jaden Schwartz signing Raskas of collusion
    I'm assuming your autocorrect has run amok. The Blues had a year to re-sign Schwartz and couldn't do it. I don't know that not giving Seattle a three-day headstart would have changed that. The Blues made Schwartz and offer; Schwartz wanted to see what the market would bring. Seattle may well have overpaid, in years or dollars, for Schwartz, at least compared to what the Blues were prepared to offer. Would it be any different if he signed with Winnipeg?
    How does our D improve by bringing back virtually the same group? We got pushed around in front of our net. Especially Krug. Parayko may be healthier but we need another big physical D that can help clear the net front. No wonder Binnington had a down year.
    A healthier Parayko makes the Blues defense better. A Krug who's been around for a year makes the Blues defense better. A more experienced Mikkola and Walman make them better. And unlike other years, I don't know that any one in the group is getting worse with age. Defenseman can be physical and clear the area around the net and not be big. Also, some of that falls on the forwards. They need to be better defensively.
    Good lord. That Hyman deal for the Oilers is dreadful.
    The dollars and the years are one thing, the no-movement clause is another. That's quite a lot to offer. It will be interesting to see how Hyman does with a different set of wingers. His isolated offensive numbers have been consistently good, with a lot of production in front of the net.
    Tom -- I always liked and respected Jaden Schwartz. I'll always be appreciate for his contributions to a Cup winner. But I can see why the Blues turned the page. He's a good but hardly great player who I thought regressed a bit last season. The fifth year was too much for me, even though it does create a hole not knowing what the next day or two holds. Thoughts? For what it's worth, I still like the core of this team a lot but man, does it need some depth up front.
  • I was thinking a three or four year deal at the same salary or less is what Schwartz would get from the Blues. The one wild-card was that he's the kind of players that coaches like a lot. Berube has praised him as the team's engine. But the downside is with the style of game he plays, he gets hurt a lot. He misses a lot of games. And that's hard to commit to. It's not like Tarasenko with questions about his shoulders, with Schwartz he's going to get hit with so many pucks or did into so many corners and you can only take so much. He will be hard to replace; players like him are not readily available. That will be the challenge for the Blues, getting that energy from someone else.
    Was Doug Armstrong serious when he said 91 very could be a Note next year? Or was the a public statement to try and gain some leverage back? Hard to believe how Vladi staying in STL next year is good for anyone.
    A year ago, when the Blues signed Krug on the first day of free agency, I asked Armstrong, so, does this effectively end Pietrangelo's time with the Blues? And he said, no, if we can come to terms, we would love to have him back. Now, at that point in time, bringing Pietrangelo back would have required the Blues to unload I don't know how many players. But Armstrong said there was that chance. I guess you have to say something like that, and in this case he probably has to say it even more because there is a chance Tarasenko does come back. Pietrangelo wasn't coming back. If there aren't any offers out there for Tarasenko, or offers that don't require the Blues to keep a big chunk of his salary, the Blues may not have a choice. Best be prepared. But I think it's unlikely he's back. 
    Though Buchnevich said today that Tarasenko had reached out to him after the Blues traded for him, so maybe he does still feel part of the team. 
    Jaskin will get $3.2 million from Arizona; his last Blues contract was for $1.1 million.
    Hi Tom, do you think that the signing of Buchnevich, a Russian, may have a positive impact on 91 wanting to stay in STL? Or, are we too far down the road of 91 not wanting to play here? Also, how much of our cap space will be left after we sign all of our RFA's? Thanks for the great job you do!
    I suppose it can't hurt, but it seems unlikely to swing the needle too much. Though they say Buchnevich is a nice guy.
    At the moment, the Blues have $13 million of cap space and need to sign Barbashev, Sanford, Kyrou and Thomas. If you figured each of them made $2 million next season (which is probably a little low), that's $8 million, leaving Armstrong with $5 million to work with. If each made $2.5 million next season, well, that's $10 million, leaving the Blues with $3 million. (This all assumes Tarasenko is still on the team.) Going to be hard to add anyone with that amount to work with.
    Other than Saad, not much left on the free agent shelf. I think Army's move has to do with Tarasenko and I'm not sure he can get front-line players in return.
    If they don't sign Saad, you're looking at a big trade, probably involving multiple players, probably other than or in addition to Tarasenko.
    Does Army have the cap space to sign Hoffman? He had the third most goals in the NHL last season.
  • Teams can go over the cap in the offseason, so the Blues don't have to trade Tarasenko right now to sign someone right now, but they will eventually have to make a move. Hoffman and Berube seemed more on the same page at the end of last season. I would have given you a 0% chance for much of the offseason of Hoffman coming back, but the changing Blues landscape have boosted those chances. Still, I don't know that the Blues will give Hoffman the longer-term deal he wants.
    Most opinions are that #91 has burned his bridges with the Blues and fans. But, don’t you think a heartfelt apology to the team in camp could erase any and all ill will? “Guys, I’m sorry for my comments at the end of last season. I was extremely frustrated with how the last year-and-a-half went. I’m in a good place physically and mentally. Let’s go fight and win the Cup!”
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