What a weekend, right?
First we had one hell of a draft (disclaimer: I will not pretend to be a hockey contract analyst. I will leave that job to people who are WILDLY more qualified than I am, and I consider Game Time to be at the absolute top of that list when it comes to Blues analyses. I will, however, continue to link them so you DO get the type of analysis that is so beneficial in these slow hockey times, even though I’m pretty sure you all already head there anyway). We got Grachev from the Rangers with one of our eighteen bajillion (rough estimate) draft picks.
Then today we heard about the qualifying offers to TJ Oshie, Ben Bishop, and Ryan Reaves (who, with Cam Janssen’s lack of contract renewal, was not a shocking name on this list). What is interesting, however, is the lack of offer to one Mr Matt D’Agostini, who I, and many others, absolutely adore. With his until now status as an RFA, and his impending UFA status if there’s no contract as of July 1, there are many, many questions buzzing about. Will D’Ags sign before July 1? Were the Blues so sure of this that they took the risk of NOT offering him a qualifying offer?
Did his performance over the last year mean nothing? Or is the team hedging its bets?
Certainly there is room to expand for the team just to make it to the rising cap floor of $48.3MM.
Very real questions that I don’t have the answers to. I don’t waste time in the speculation department, even though it’s super fun to say “No, don’t worry, Checketts is just biding his time until Mark Cuban goes ahead and shells out the millions to make sure the Blues stay in St Louis as a winning franchise, and then we can mock our OWN players for their astronomically over-blinged championship rings.”
*sigh* If only, right?
The next few days, hell the next few months, are bound to be thoroughly interesting while we all bide our time waiting for the puck to drop on October 8th. Until then, my friends, snark and links. That’s what you’ll find here. Snark and links.