Forums/Armchair-GM

How St Louis can beat Colorado in 23

Created by: BrownieSTL
Initial Creation Date: May 28, 2022
Published: May 28, 2022
Team: 2022-23 St. Louis Blues
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Perunovich, Scott2$2,000,000
Mikkola, Niko2$1,500,000
Tkachuk, Matthew5$9,500,000
Trades
1.
STL
  1. Tkachuk, Matthew [RFA Rights]
CGY
  1. Kyrou, Jordan
  2. Neighbours, Jake
  3. 2022 1st round pick (STL)
Buyouts
  • Marco Scandella: $566,667
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2022
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
2023
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
2024
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
Logo of the STL
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES TooltipBONUSESCAP SPACE
20$82,500,000$81,905,834$1,100,000$482,500$594,166

Roster

Left WingCenterRight Wing
Logo of the STL
Barbashev, Ivan
$2,250,000
C, LW
UFA - 1
Logo of the STL
O'Reilly, Ryan
$7,500,000
C
UFA - 1
Logo of the STL
Saad, Brandon
$4,500,000
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 4
Logo of the STL
Walker, Nathan
$750,000
LW
UFA - 1
Logo of the STL
Thomas, Robert
$2,800,000
C, RW
RFA - 1
Tkachuk, Matthew
$9,500,000
LW, RW
RFA
Logo of the STL
Tarasenko, Vladimir
$7,500,000
RW
NTC
UFA - 1
Logo of the STL
Schenn, Brayden
$6,500,000
C, LW
NTC
UFA - 6
Logo of the STL
Buchnevich, Pavel
$5,800,000
RW, LW
NTC
UFA - 3
Logo of the STL
Brown, Logan
$750,000
C, LW
RFA - 1
Logo of the STL
Bolduc, Zachary
$894,167
C
RFA - 3
Logo of the STL
Toropchenko, Alexei
$750,000
C, RW
RFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
Logo of the STL
Krug, Torey
$6,500,000
LD
NTC
UFA - 5
Logo of the STL
Faulk, Justin
$6,500,000
RD
NTC
UFA - 5
Logo of the STL
Binnington, Jordan
$6,000,000
G
NTC
UFA - 5
Logo of the STL
Mikkola, Niko
$1,500,000
LD
RFA
Logo of the STL
Parayko, Colton
$6,500,000
RD
NTC
UFA - 8
Logo of the STL
Hofer, Joel
$795,000
G
RFA - 1
Logo of the STL
Perunovich, Scott
$2,000,000
LD
RFA
Logo of the STL
Bortuzzo, Robert
$950,000
RD
UFA - 2

Special Teams

Power Play 1
Barbashev, I.
O'Reilly, R.
Thomas, R.
Krug, T.
Tkachuk, M.
Power Play 2
Tarasenko, V.
Schenn, B.
Buchnevich, P.
Perunovich, S.
Walker, N.
Penalty Kill 1
O'Reilly, R.
Buchnevich, P.
Mikkola, N.
Parayko, C.
Penalty Kill 2
Thomas, R.
Saad, B.
Bortuzzo, R.
Faulk, J.

Embed Code

  • To display this team on another website or blog, add this iFrame to the appropriate page
  • Customize the height attribute in the iFrame code below to fit your website appropriately. Minimum recommended: 400px.

Text-Embed

Click to Highlight
May 28 at 10:10 a.m.
#1
Avatar of the user
Joined: Jun. 2015
Posts: 4
Likes: 1
Pass Kyrou shouldn't be traded.
And Tkachuk will cost too much.
May 28 at 10:33 a.m.
#2
MisstheWhalers
Avatar of the user
Joined: Jan. 2019
Posts: 17,766
Likes: 8,555
Trading for a disappearing act won't help.
May 28 at 10:34 a.m.
#3
Seiders on the Storm
Avatar of the user
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 2,710
Likes: 2,280
Matthew Tkachuk never does anything in the playoffs though.
May 28 at 10:43 a.m.
#4
Avatar of the user
Joined: Jul. 2019
Posts: 552
Likes: 137
Kyrou was electric. Keep him.
May 28 at 11:18 a.m.
#5
Avatar of the user
Joined: Aug. 2020
Posts: 6,533
Likes: 4,057
STL got destroyed 5v5 in the series and the team speed difference stood out to me. STL really needs to retool the blue line if they want to contend.
May 28 at 11:32 a.m.
#6
Sam
Avatar of the user
Joined: Jan. 2018
Posts: 4,586
Likes: 1,903
Quoting: Xqb15a
STL got destroyed 5v5 in the series and the team speed difference stood out to me. STL really needs to retool the blue line if they want to contend.


They had no forecheck whatsoever, but I agree. I think a big move is coming on the Blue line and I’m hoping for a big reshaping of the bottom 6. Nichushkin and lehkonen basically killed every blues cycle
Xqb15a liked this.
May 28 at 11:39 a.m.
#7
Avatar of the user
Joined: Aug. 2020
Posts: 6,533
Likes: 4,057
Quoting: STLBlues17
They had no forecheck whatsoever, but I agree. I think a big move is coming on the Blue line and I’m hoping for a big reshaping of the bottom 6. Nichushkin and lehkonen basically killed every blues cycle


It’s interesting getting other team's fans perspective. I thought Lehkonen was really good, and I thought Nichushkin was well below where he played in the regular season.
STLBlues17 liked this.
May 28 at 11:48 a.m.
#8
CGY
Avatar of the user
Joined: Dec. 2015
Posts: 5,023
Likes: 1,755
Quoting: MoreHitzSeider
Matthew Tkachuk never does anything in the playoffs though.


Interested to see if he was injured. But yeah, he's had 2 really solid playoff games out of 27
May 28 at 12:07 p.m.
#9
Sam
Avatar of the user
Joined: Jan. 2018
Posts: 4,586
Likes: 1,903
Quoting: Xqb15a
It’s interesting getting other team's fans perspective. I thought Lehkonen was really good, and I thought Nichushkin was well below where he played in the regular season.


It’s a little annoying having to argue with blues fans about how our forward group with 9 20 goal guys is somehow overrated. I complained all year about how we had pretty limited versatility and defensive ability from the wings. Hoping we can find our own Lehk or Nuke cuz the two guys we had like that are now retired and in Seattle.
Xqb15a liked this.
May 28 at 12:22 p.m.
#10
Avatar of the user
Joined: Aug. 2020
Posts: 6,533
Likes: 4,057
Quoting: STLBlues17
It’s a little annoying having to argue with blues fans about how our forward group with 9 20 goal guys is somehow overrated. I complained all year about how we had pretty limited versatility and defensive ability from the wings. Hoping we can find our own Lehk or Nuke cuz the two guys we had like that are now retired and in Seattle.

Yeah my contention going in was COL had more scoring depth because of scoring from the blue line. I was really surprised how little of an impact Saad, Buchenvich, Barbashev and Schenn had. The thing though that always impresses me with STL is how well they play that forward cycle on one side that ends up with a guy on the back door. Anyway good stuff mate!
STLBlues17 liked this.
May 28 at 12:34 p.m.
#11
Sam
Avatar of the user
Joined: Jan. 2018
Posts: 4,586
Likes: 1,903
Quoting: Xqb15a
Yeah my contention going in was COL had more scoring depth because of scoring from the blue line. I was really surprised how little of an impact Saad, Buchenvich, Barbashev and Schenn had. The thing though that always impresses me with STL is how well they play that forward cycle on one side that ends up with a guy on the back door. Anyway good stuff mate!


Yeah not surprised Schenn and Barbashev sucked, but tbh Saad was quietly solid, Buchnevich had a couple excellent games too. But good point, Colorado shut down the cycle you mentioned, Thomas had no space to do his thing. Blues were super rush heavy this season and struggled to sustain time. Krug out didn’t help. Surprised how well the blues d kept Colorado away from the net (mikkola helped) but eventually the volume and possession killed them.
Xqb15a liked this.
May 28 at 12:45 p.m.
#12
Avatar of the user
Joined: Aug. 2020
Posts: 6,533
Likes: 4,057
Quoting: STLBlues17
Yeah not surprised Schenn and Barbashev sucked, but tbh Saad was quietly solid, Buchnevich had a couple excellent games too. But good point, Colorado shut down the cycle you mentioned, Thomas had no space to do his thing. Blues were super rush heavy this season and struggled to sustain time. Krug out didn’t help. Surprised how well the blues d kept Colorado away from the net (mikkola helped) but eventually the volume and possession killed them.


I think COL started to get swallowed up in the series a bit at points, the late goals in periods happening because guys got out of position, and the just complete shut down in game 5 for 20+ minutes where they just went into a shell. Personally I think something is wrong with Rantanen he missed the end of the season with illness, struggled with the puck and seemed slow the whole series. I think that his struggles really affected the top line. Kyrou was really good I thought, and he will get better especially when he learns a counter move to compliment his speed. Yeah 100% right the Blues did a great job keeping the net front clear for the most part, I also thought they did a really god job significantly better than COL did on the pk to. The PK is a massive concern for COL against EDM.
STLBlues17 liked this.
May 28 at 12:51 p.m.
#13
Sam
Avatar of the user
Joined: Jan. 2018
Posts: 4,586
Likes: 1,903
Quoting: Xqb15a
I think COL started to get swallowed up in the series a bit at points, the late goals in periods happening because guys got out of position, and the just complete shut down in game 5 for 20+ minutes where they just went into a shell. Personally I think something is wrong with Rantanen he missed the end of the season with illness, struggled with the puck and seemed slow the whole series. I think that his struggles really affected the top line. Kyrou was really good I thought, and he will get better especially when he learns a counter move to compliment his speed. Yeah 100% right the Blues did a great job keeping the net front clear for the most part, I also thought they did a really god job significantly better than COL did on the pk to. The PK is a massive concern for COL against EDM.


Funny you mention Kyrou, most blues fans are ready to cast him into the sun for missing those two chances and playing bad defense… like there aren’t 3 other forwards who are significantly worse defensively and ignoring he was the only guy who had a smidge of jump last night
Xqb15a liked this.
May 28 at 2:13 p.m.
#14
Avatar of the user
Joined: Aug. 2020
Posts: 6,533
Likes: 4,057
Quoting: STLBlues17
Funny you mention Kyrou, most blues fans are ready to cast him into the sun for missing those two chances and playing bad defense… like there aren’t 3 other forwards who are significantly worse defensively and ignoring he was the only guy who had a smidge of jump last night


Yeah he needs to get better defensively but he was the only guy that the COL defense was worried about getting back. It is funny because everybody on CF and about 80% of Avs want to murder Compher simply because they think he isn’t good or that he is massively over paid. I guess it’s all about perspective.
STLBlues17 liked this.
May 28 at 2:45 p.m.
#15
Sam
Avatar of the user
Joined: Jan. 2018
Posts: 4,586
Likes: 1,903
Quoting: Xqb15a
Yeah he needs to get better defensively but he was the only guy that the COL defense was worried about getting back. It is funny because everybody on CF and about 80% of Avs want to murder Compher simply because they think he isn’t good or that he is massively over paid. I guess it’s all about perspective.


So much of fan perspective is based off of stuff that is ultimately irrelevant. Like they’ll remember one play that was really bad, or something a stupid media member said, or fall victim to their own biases. It’s why the “eye test” is more or less fake to 90% of fans.
Xqb15a liked this.
May 28 at 4:01 p.m.
#16
Avatar of the user
Joined: Aug. 2020
Posts: 6,533
Likes: 4,057
Quoting: STLBlues17
So much of fan perspective is based off of stuff that is ultimately irrelevant. Like they’ll remember one play that was really bad, or something a stupid media member said, or fall victim to their own biases. It’s why the “eye test” is more or less fake to 90% of fans.

Yeah totally, the league has changed so much. Fans fall in love with those small eye test moments and want to ignore the real results. Fans imo are notorious for loving on those bottom 6 guys they lay big hits but get destroyed in shot and possession metrics. Sometimes the least exciting player is being the most effective.
 
Reply
To create a post please Login or Register
Question:
Options:
Add Option
Remove Option
Submit Poll