Conks stayed up because he is getting paid, and that is the right thing to do for a team that is just playing hockey for the rest of the season. It sucks monkey balls that we have no chance for the playoffs. However, this gives us a great measuring stick against the other teams in the league in our position. Colorado looked like a sure thing for the playoffs this year, then the got the Johnson. A good upgrade considering the players they have. Except they will eventually lose the power play man in Hejduk. The Selanne lesser.
The Blues are sending Bishop down. Don't worry, he will be our backup next year. Allen will become the new arch-Bishop and we will give him shit for posting a .800 save percentage when we have injuries next year. The difference is, that I am actually optimistic. Halak will be back, this is a good thing. He is a goalie that needs good fucking defense. We have that. As young as we are, we have decent dmen. It will only get better. Clear the Halak rebounds and you have a great team. Pietr is the man, Nikitin is the offensive Polak given the chance. Polak is the new Jax. Jax gets the boot. Coli survives another year, but is our best dman outside of Pietr, we give him no credit.
The D core is good. Even though they are all like 23. Coleish. We get Junland back to trade or keep lol. We can trade Jax and Coli if need be. We can trade them for whoever, but we need to take care in the free agency. Richards could be ours, but we won't do it. And we shouldn't. Not popular? I can't imagine my thoughts are. But we can get way better players for the people we have given up. I mean Kaberle essentially went for nothing. He is the shit. Ovech, Crosbitch, and Malkin are a decade long luckbasket. It hadn't happened for years, then came all at once.
We won't see that talent for years. Stamkos being the only difference thanks to Marty. The Blues are in a good place right now because they are not Pheonix, or Atlanta, or Carolina, or the Isles. Bergs is playing like a great player, Perron will make him better, which will make Oshie better. That will give Backes, Steen, Mac ( who won't be along forever) and Stewart, the new Blue who will be, a great chance to make this team great.
I am giving props to the management who traded away Johnson, who will be decent in 5 years, but not for us. For people that can score now. I will mention Tarasenko, but please don't comment on him. He is a 3rd liner at best next year. But with Dags and Steen, we could do it right. And give him the ice needed to be decent.
The Blues are in a good place, despite the fact we will suck the rest of the year. Don't be a bitch and write this team off. Fuck you, I vote Blues. And for you actual fair weathers, I am speaking to the majority here, love the hockey.