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Welcome back again to the Blues chat. How much has changed with the Blues since last week? Nothing really. But maybe your questions have. In any case, bring 'em on.
I'm here, but questions apparently aren't showing up. At least that's what I'm seeing. Or not seeing.
Aha! A question has landed! I think we're in business.
Before I answer this question, if you sent some earlier, it looks like you'll have to send them again. If they start showing up, I'll let you know. Sorry about that.
The Blues would like to have the matter settled before the season, for obvious reasons. Some of it may depend on when the Eichel situation gets sorted out. Some of it may depend on whether another team suddenly finds itself in need of a possibly high-scoring forward to replace someone who got hurt. It might get solved when the Blues have to figure out something to do to get under the salary cap. Unless Robert Thomas signs a really cheap deal, his signing is going to have to put the Blues over the cap and they will have to do something to deal with it. Trading Tarasenko isn't the only answer, though it's obviously the one that addresses the most issues at once. I still think it will happen before the season, but it's all guesswork at this point.
Good enough to get the job done. Binnington set an impossibly high standard to match in his rookie season. Replicating that will not be easy. It is ridiculous to expect him to play like that again. Few goalies do. But if he plays something approaching that, that's enough to make a big difference. He has showed the flashes of that season and just needs to do that on a consistent basis. Last season was an inevitably tough season for Husso as he got his first NHL experience. He showed improvement at the end of the season and should be in better position this season. I don't think the Blues combination is going to cost them many games over the course of the season. Like any team, the Blues need their goalies to win them some games from time to time.
Teams can go over the cap by roughly 10 percent in the offseason (it's not a hard and fast number and there are some variables involved), so the $1.5 million the Blues have isn't relevant right now. It will be relevant when the start of the season arrives and they have to get under. Thomas is worth more than $1.5 million, so something will have to happen. On the LTIR front, I guess there could be some issue on the Sundqvist front, but if he's not back when the season starts, it will be soon after, so that's not much of a solution.
Hmm. On my end, when I've clicked on a question, it's been showing up twice, so I've been deleting one of them. Looks like I should stop doing that. Thanks.
Ads on the helmets will stay, at least for the time being. It was a way for teams to reclaim some of the money they were losing in the pandemic. I don't think the NHL will go as far as soccer, where the main image on the jersey is an ad, because NHL jerseys are all about the logo or the crest, and replacing that with a Budweiser ad will probably put a dent in your jersey sales. Right now, there will be a size limitation on the ad, and maybe they add a second, but in the immediate future, it's hard to see them going to far beyond that.
Money usually wins in these things.
Oh, and a lot of questions that I think were asked earlier and had vanished have shown up
Then we probably shouldn't count on you being a soccer fan either.
The gamble on the Parayko front will be that his last two seasons haven't been as good as the ones before. If he has another season like last season, his price will come down sharply. If he reverts to previous ways, his price will shoot up. So the Blues would be better served by getting a deal done earlier, while Parayko would be better served by waiting since his price will probably only go up. His past two seasons have not been exceptional defensively.
It has not been released, but I would expect it to be pretty much the same in terms of local games and national games.
I can't say I've had a conversation with someone who has never made it to the NHL, but I have talked with long-time AHLers who have gotten a cup of coffee in the NHL, a Nathan Walker type, and they generally feel that if they get a chance and grab it, anything is possible. And most would gladly even accept one season in the NHL after all that time in the minors. At the same time, the guys who have been in the AHL for the entirety of their career also just love playing hockey, or don't really haven't anything else to do, so they keep playing.
I'm neither encouraged nor discouraged -- that's not my job -- but I think it does reinforce the fact that the market for a player with a $7.5 million cap hit for the next two seasons coming off his third shoulder surgery is not robust. It seems inevitable that the Blues will have to retain a good chunk of his salary and their return might be even less than thought. In case you didn't see it, Vegas today released the guy they got in return from Chicago in the Fleury deal. So they essentially gave him to Chicago. That could be what happens here, where the Blues would pretty much would have to give Tarasenko away to make a deal. And that point, if he's not pulling the team down by being around, why not keep him? Even if he's not 30-goal scoring Tarasenko, he's still likely better than anyone the Blues would play in his stead that is currently in the organization. But if the Blues retain a lot of his salary, that trade becomes easier to make. He's not a bad player, he's just a player with a lot of uncertainty around him.
I have not heard anything on this front, and it gets back to the age-old question of whether it's good or bad for the league if someone like Sidney Crosby plays in St. Louis only every other year. Would fans get bored with twice as many Blackhawks games? The scheduling tweaks we're seeing now are a few instances of teams playing consecutive games in one city. That's about it for now.
Because when Tkachuk's contract with Calgary is over, he's still an RFA and they still control his rights. So while he's got one more year under contract, they've got two more years of control. With a trade like that, after two seasons, Calgary could end up with nothing. That's why Calgary is going to want a player back that they have some control over past two seasons.
That could explain things.