Pietrangelo is better than Faulk and Krug, but I'd go with those two over Pietrangelo and Edmundson.
I think Pietrangelo is an offensive defenseman. Of the four you named, Krug, Faulk, Walman and Perunovich, one of them didn't play last season and Walman was pushed into service because of injuries, while another offensive defenseman, Vince Dunn, was allowed to leave, so it's not quite as drastic as it seems. Krug and Faulk are very talented defensemen who were on the market at the time. Sometimes you have to respond to that. The Blues still have some defensive defensemen in Scandella and Mikkola, And while it's not the preferred outcome, Parayko is becoming a defensive defenseman.
Probably not till sometime in the latter half of 2022. I am respected by my colleagues for my consistently pleasant demeanor.
Jeff Gordon does not pout, though at times I wouldn't blame if he did as the guild rep.
So noted. Certainly those two factors would help the Blues make a Cup push.
Something like that would certainly drive the market, but I think Armstrong would want to have this situation dealt with long before that. And that injury to a scoring winger on another team would have to be season-ending to work.
It's a good time to be an elite defenseman. Parayko's timing has been off. If his contract had been up in 2019, he would have been in a line for a very big payday. His last two seasons haven't been as good. If he has a season that is a return to 2018-19, he would be in line for a big contract. If it's more like the past two, not so much. The one thing working in his favor is that he is said to be healthy again, which increases of his chances of playing like his old self. The Blues want that. Wanting him not to have a great year so they can sign him for a less is a bad idea, because, for instance, if he doesn't play well, Craig Berube could be out of a job. Better to have him play great and find you can't afford him later.
The first buyout window is closed, though it looks like the Blues would have a second buyout window since they had a player, Zach Sanford, file for arbitration, even though a deal has been reached. That period begins three days after the last arbitration ruling is handed down. But Armstrong has never bought a player out. If he did, a part of Tarasenko's salary would be on the books for the next four seasons. If he traded him and retained part of the salary, it would be gone after two seasons.
15-20 goals in the first half of the season by Tarasenko would win a lot of people over. It also seems like a stretch. I don't know if the marriage with the front office or the team doctors or training staff is salvageable, but I think with the players it could be. Lots of players on lots of teams have had issues with their team management.
Any combination of forwards is possible with the Blues. Short of MacEachern playing with O'Reilly and Perron, you will likely see almost every combination of forwards at some point. Will it stick? Don't know about that. In the Blues' best world, Kyrou is playing well enough to be on the top two lines. If that's the case, he's leaving Thomas and Kostin behind
At the moment, he would appear to be a heck of a piece on the third line. Who knows? Having Tarasenko on the third line could create issues for opponents and also make him play harder to show everybody something.
Many would argue that Tarasenko has overplayed his hand, that by asking for a trade and then criticizing his current employer, he's shown that there's not a lot of demand for him and he's stuck in a place he doesn't want to be. He's already reportedly gone from only willing to be traded to certain teams to willing to be traded to anybody. So his situation doesn't seem to have gotten much better.
I have never known Jim to pout.
Well, the problem with that is that if Parayko proves himself healthy this year, he's an unrestricted free agent after the season, so by the time he has done that, he has no trade value.
I can't say for certain, but I can say for certain that it's unlikely that Doug Armstrong at this moment is slapping his hand against his head and saying, "Why didn't I think of a three-way deal?" He's done this a few times. I doubt there is an option that he has not explored. It's what he does all day.
I think those are contracts that will not age well, even by the standard of most long-term contracts, which almost never age well.
BenFred takes no guff, so he doesn't pout.
At the moment, I'm looking at isolated impact numbers on hockeyviz.com. Teams are 7% below average in expected goals with Thomas on the ice, and their chances directly in front of the goal go down. With Barbashev on the ice, teams' expected goals go up 15% (!) and their chances directly in front of the net skyrocket. This has been the case the past two seasons with Barbashev.