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Frenzy1 07-05-2013 01:34 PM

The Future
 
We have manage to be in the running for a couple of UFAs in the past couple of years, only to watch them sign with other teams. My question is why? The terms have to be close, otherwise we wouldn't be in the running. We have a top 3 defense, solid if not spectacular goal tending, but still...

So what is the lacking selling point? Economic future? What?

At this point and in he next 5 years, I think we have a better team on paper then both PHili and Detroit, but they managed to pull the top UFA centers. Is travel the issue?

In reading JR, the team has not choice but to win in order to get corporate backing and dollars, otherwise we will fail. So what happens from here? We are missing a center and we need that to really become a contender. And why have we failed to sign our top 2 rfas.

HooliganX2 07-05-2013 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Frenzy1 (Post 68746735)
We have manage to be in the running for a couple of UFAs in the past couple of years, only to watch them sign with other teams. My question is why? The terms have to be close, otherwise we wouldn't be in the running. We have a top 3 defense, solid if not spectacular goal tending, but still...

So what is the lacking selling point? Economic future? What?

At this point and in he next 5 years, I think we have a better team on paper then both PHili and Detroit, but they managed to pull the top UFA centers. Is travel the issue?

I think we wont go the extra mile in pay. I think in the end it comes down to money. We may put in good offers but don't go the extra mile in pay.

CarvinSigX 07-05-2013 01:37 PM

Weiss, Ribeiro, Grabovski, Roy, and Filppula are still on the market. Contract aside, I think Filppula is the best fit. Not only that, but Armstrong is a trader. Back away from the ledge.

Alklha 07-05-2013 01:38 PM

Money, playing in the West and the fact it is St. Louis.

The fact is that people who aren't familiar with the city don't realise that it is a great place to raise a family, particularly if you are a millionaire. The East is always going to have an advantage when it comes to "travel", but mainly the certainty over your games start times.

I don't think that Armstrong is willing to pay the crazy money that other teams are willing to pay in real dollars either. Which I agree with. Modest overpayments are one thing, but some are just totally insane.

Grabovski is one player I think we have a real chance with though.

sparty09 07-05-2013 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by CarvinSigX (Post 68747417)
Weiss, Ribeiro, Grabovski, Roy, and Filppula are still on the market. Contract aside, I think Filppula is the best fit. Not only that, but Armstrong is a trader. Back away from the ledge.

Weiss and Ribeiro are not on the market.

CarvinSigX 07-05-2013 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by sparty09 (Post 68747861)
Weiss and Ribeiro are not on the market.

Gone already, eh? Oh well. There's still plenty of options in free agency and trade.

oPlaiD 07-05-2013 01:49 PM

I think Grabovski would be good for the team but I feel like a lot of fans won't like the deal and won't like his production after whatever we give him, although considering recent signings something in the $4 million range seems like it'd get it done.

He's pretty similar to guys we already have, guys like Backes/Oshie, good defensively, good in a puck possession game, will put up 60 or so points but won't be a superstar level player.

He's definitely the best option on the FA market right now but someone like Stastny would really change things for the team. Grabovski makes us better but its hard to say how much... though we'd be pretty dominant on every line with him in our lineup.

JustOneB4IDie 07-05-2013 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Frenzy1 (Post 68746735)
We have manage to be in the running for a couple of UFAs in the past couple of years, only to watch them sign with other teams. My question is why? The terms have to be close, otherwise we wouldn't be in the running. We have a top 3 defense, solid if not spectacular goal tending, but still...

So what is the lacking selling point? Economic future? What?

At this point and in he next 5 years, I think we have a better team on paper then both PHili and Detroit, but they managed to pull the top UFA centers. Is travel the issue?

In reading JR, the team has not choice but to win in order to get corporate backing and dollars, otherwise we will fail. So what happens from here? We are missing a center and we need that to really become a contender. And why have we failed to sign our top 2 rfas.

Without more corporate help, The Blues won't be here in 5 years.

Prussian_Blue 07-05-2013 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by BleedinBlueSince1972 (Post 68750449)
Without more corporate help, The Blues won't be here in 5 years.

Been hearing that every year for the last 45 years.

The Blues are still here.

stlweir 07-05-2013 04:52 PM

Yes but they haven't one a cup.

Halak Ness Monster 07-05-2013 06:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Alklha (Post 68747603)
Grabovski is one player I think we have a real chance with though.

Tell me about Grabovski. All I know is that Maple Leaf fans have put him in every trade proposal on the trade forum for the past two years.

Halak Ness Monster 07-05-2013 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by oPlaiD (Post 68749853)
I think Grabovski would be good for the team but I feel like a lot of fans won't like the deal and won't like his production after whatever we give him, although considering recent signings something in the $4 million range seems like it'd get it done.

I don't know much about Grabovski but if he could go back to being a 51-58 point producer, I'd take that.

We aren't getting anyone better and that would be a slight improvement over Berglund. It sounds like Hitch wants to try Bergy out on the wing anyways so signing a center will open up that possibility.

Colt 55 07-05-2013 06:22 PM

Realistically, I could see the Blues blowing it up if we dont win this season.

Use the Schwartz* 07-05-2013 06:23 PM

Hes a hard worker who is very good defensivley, can put up north of 50 points.

I feel like we just dont like to risk spending that extra money. Our management prefers signing veterans and 4th line forwards. Trades seems to be our forte, can hurt us in situations like this.

JustOneB4IDie 07-06-2013 01:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Prussian_Blue (Post 68775327)
Been hearing that every year for the last 45 years.

The Blues are still here.

Fair enough, however The Blues seem to have new ownership every 5-10 years in the last 45 years because the franchise doesn't make any money due to asinine taxes, a terrible lease, parking and concessions, blah blah, therefore the future of the Blues in St. Louis, much like our goalie situation, is cloudy without even more corporate help to the local ownership group.

Just One Cup 07-06-2013 12:50 PM

I don't know, im sure Armstrong did everything he could to get that center.He shouldn't have to sign a bad contract to get players to come here, thats just a bad business. I think we lack a winning atmosphere, maybe players don't like the city? Who knows but he us going to have to either trade for the players he wants or find out why STL is not attractive to FAs.


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