Speaking as a guy who has (for decades) watched his team give up the best player in the deal for package similar to what the Sabres brought in, I don't really like this one very much for Buffalo.
-The Blues win the trade without breaking a sweat, since the Sabres NEED Thompson to pan out AND hit on the pick to make it close.
-The Blues acquired a $7.5M AAV, but actually gain 750K in cap space in the deal. Unreal.
-Sobotka was 5th in 5v5 TOI/gm, Berglund was 7th. They were b
I still think they have a goaltending problem, but they're otherwise built to win. All that's left is for Armstrong to again get in the way and screw it up.
I always say the Blues will ultimately lose and lose early until proven otherwise, but the Caps finally won (and the Eagles won a SB), so the world really no longer makes any sense to me.
What really does make that all the more impressive is that he took almost 200 more faceoffs than the second most player (Crosby) and 1100 more than the guy (Vermette) who tied him in percentage (or slightly beat him). So he took a TON of faceoffs and won 60% of them. That's nuts.
Giroux was right behind him at 58.6% but also took over 1000 less faceoffs. The weird thing is that beside Eichel (836 and a horrible 41.5% --that's not a concern yet, he's still really young and somet
Maybe I'm being a grump, so I'm not trying to poo-poo everything they did, because I pretty much agree with what you're saying here. I *do* think they came out of this week improved. My issue is that a trade like this simultaneously lowers the ceiling at the same time as it raises the floor. It's those picks for me. With that 1-st round pick, they only have about a 25% chance of getting a top-6 forward, and the 2nd rounder's chances drop to about 10%.
I think they were in a tough sp