Interesting two hours ahead. With Armstrong keep subtracting or will he now try to add?
I would say no, but I brilliantly predicted that Stastny would finish the year here. So let's see what happens.
He has a bit of room to play with now, but obvious keeping some Stastny money in this deal to the get the No. 1 pick limits him somewhat.
After those last two games especially . . .
It's a definitely "good return for a UFA": deal. Whether this triggers a full bailout or an in-season retool with the Blues adding a Hoffman-type with term left, we shall see.
Right, the free agent market figures to be thin at center and Thomas can't be rushed. Brassard would have been a good interim move with another season on his deal, but obviously he landed with the Pens.
That's a bit extreme. The margin between first in the division and out of the playoffs is not all that great. Their margin for error when they are winning was thin. It's not like they were rolling over teams earlier this season. And a team could finish way over .500 this season and miss the playoffs.
He would be a really hot free agent. He would want to go where he can win right away. I would not be shocked in the Blues got in on that.
Hoffman's term is digestible. But what else would Ottawa want in addition to the first-rounder? He is playing really well with Matt Duchene right now.
Would the Blues buy out a D-man logging more than 20 minutes per game as a Top 4 defender? Unlikely. Could they trade him at some point and keep some of his salary? Maybe. Remember, the guy is playing hurt this season. And even with that, his player has not sunk to the buyout level. If he falls to the No. 7 defenseman slot some day, then that would be a consideration.
No idea. Yeo scrambles his lines constantly. Maybe he puts 91 with Schenn and Schwartz and uses three checking lines behind that.
Yes, chat participants were right about Stastny and I was wrong. As for the kids, they are eligible once they are done playing junior hockey. There are emergency recalls, but I'm not sure the Blues could (or would want to) do that.
Good point. The Jets will be tough with Stastny in the No. 3 center slot.
One concern -- the Blues now have a big hole at center and Armstrong will have focus on that with his resources.
As GMs like to say, "all things are on the table." But I suspect any additional selling wouldn't get into the Tarasenko/Schenn/Schwartz/Pietrangelo/Parayko nucleus.
Sure, the Blues could create the cap space for Tavares. But if he sticks with the Islanders, what other center will come up for bidding? That is a challenge.
As I always say, look to 2019-20 as the potential peak year. Lots of good young guys will be on entry-level deal and Schenn and Pietrangelo will be due big raises the next season. Right now that is the season that offers the chance to get the most talent possible under the cap.
I believe it was the six-game losing streak combined with a chance to get a high price for pending free agent and continue the buildup. Now, it was very clear this team lacked chemistry and needed a shake-up in its veteran core. So this accomplishes both.
They have some cap space, yes, and a trade partner can keep some salary on a player like Hoffman coming this way to make the cap work.
I doubt any Blues begrudges Stastny for jumping from a sinking team to an explosive team that could take a nice playoff run. He could boost his free agency stock with this move.