Hartman was picked at the back of the first round, so that is not such a strange trade. But why did the rebuilding Blackhawks give up on a good young forward.
That would leave Edmonton with one Top 6 forward. Unlikely.
That could change the tenor of this chat quickly, no?
Looks like the Sharks might get Kane. Blues rental made no sense.
Thomas is already signed. He could have played for the Blues this season. Once he went back to junior hockey, he had to stay there unless there was an emergency recall scenario.
Term won't matter if the Blues opt to make a change.
I won't lose my job if I am critical of Armstrong. But the Blues have been consistent playoff team on his watch and reached the Final Four for the first time in 15 years. They have dramatically upgraded their scouting process and built up a nice supply of universally respected prospects., They are positioned them to make a big push during the next few seasons. Maybe you hate that plan, but that's the plan and he is executing it.
Pointing fingers takes a lot less energy than leading by example. Not many guys doing the latter.
Fans seem to believe the Blues are the only team that pay the going rate for veterans.
Is Yeo the right guy to lead the transition toward a younger group with a revised nucleus. We'll see. When a team starts losing every game, there are consequences.
Let's put it this way, if the Blues put these guys on waivers, you think nobody would claim them? The Blues would buy out a player after every other team took a pass. In your world, they are not assets. In the NHL world, they are assets.
He is viable today. Stardom? Possible, but there is a lot of work to do. He is a Year 1 pro who bloomed late.
I have no strong feelings on that. I still wonder if Armstrong wants to continue to sell or find something that helps this season and beyond too. Not sure where his head is.