He may have no choice but to call it a career if no one offers him a contract. He's a guy who could come into a camp somewhere on a PTO. At this point, I don't know what would be the right dollars on the Blues end. I don't know where they would play him. Then the question would be how much it's worth to him to take a job somewhere else for a $1 million or so. Maybe he does like Brouwer did and skates and stays in shape for when some team needs a guy like him. He can still play, but the reality of the NHL makes it tough on guys like him.
If it's not one thing, it's another with him, isn't it? He has shown remarkable ability to stay around. Scoring goals always helps. Amazingly, he's only 30. He's got some years ahead of him if he survives.
I would think if Buffalo or Ottawa took him, the Blues would have to give them a reason to. Neither of those teams are a player away from contending. And again, if they wanted him, that trade would be done by now.
One thing that would limit Tarasenko's production is where they would play him. If he's a third line forward who's not on the power play, his chances will be less. That would be another issue for Berube.
Right now, with little happening around the league, there's nothing to spur action. It's a waiting game now.
It does seem difficult to keep Eichel at this point, other than the fact he's an extremely good player. But he wants to be there even less than Tarasenko wants to be here.
I think others have them but not weekly in the offseason. How often they have them, I don't know. Right now, this is vacation time for a lot of hockey writers.
Size makes up for a lot of mistakes, and if you don't have size, talent can make up for it. Ultimately, getting a guy just because he's big isn't the answer. Getting a guy who's good is the answer.
Yes, he's almost exclusively a winger. He took 62 faceoffs last season, and didn't do particularly well. He can play either wing.
Well, there are probably some limitations on how many people they can name. There are seven guys on Seattle who make more than Dunn, including Schwartz. He will be a key player, even if he's not mentioned now.
Five on five offense and the penalty kill were the two biggest problems last year. The Blues lost a lot of games because they didn't score many goals. They had a run of seven games in March and April that went 1, 0, 1, 2, 2, 1, 1 in goals scored. They lost all of them. Start scoring 3 or 4 goals and those become wins. That's one of the thing Saad will help on, and it's where you need an improved Schenn. The issue on defense is not just the defensemen. The forwards need to play better and the goalie needs to play better too. Parayko needs to be healthy the whole year. That gets your defense better in more than a third of the game. Buchnevich is a very good defensive forward. That will help.
There's a time limit imposed by the league for marketing purposes so they can sell jerseys. Kyrou changed his number prior to last season. When they first get into camp as a youngster, they are assigned a number, usually a high one. Once they become viable NHL players, they can move down to a lower number, but they have to change in the offseason.
Saad's numbers have been pretty steady over his career, and his best numbers came in his two seasons in Columbus. But the better the center, the better the production.
One of Bortuzzo's best attributes is he's a guy who does well when he doesn't play. He has adapted well to often being a healthy scratch. He has been a third pairing guy throughout his career. If he can be parlayed into something more, that's not a bad thing. Also, Walman and Mikkola have to go through waivers this season if they don't make the team. So the Blues are looking at either using them or trading them. Walman and Mikkola are six years younger. There is a case to be made for keeping them.
High odds. Lots of reasons to trade him. Only thing working against that is the difficulty in trading him. I can't rule out hatchet burying, which might be easier with the team than with the staff.
The league doesn't want its best players to get hurt, but the playoffs seem to have a life of their own. And the league seems to like the way the playoffs work. So no, I don't think the league is going to address the disparity. If they haven't done it already, why start now?
Had a question about retired numbers. It's who they think deserves the honor. Gassoff got retired because he died while he was with the team and was a respected member of the club. At this point, Pietrangelo is probably the only player who could get his number retired. Any of the guys who wore No. 7 could get their numbers retired if there hadn't been too many to choose from.
Bailey has spent his whole career with the Islanders, about to turn 32, usually a second pairing guy. Below average on offense, has gotten better on defense past couple seasons. Does well in front of the net. He would be usable.
And on that note, we'll wrap it up for this week. Thanks again for the turnout and the questions. See you next week. I never ceased to be impressed by the interest. Take care.