Pajaarvi doesn't play big, never has. Anyone who read the scouting report on him and honored it above their fantasies will know that. But hey, he's had great chemistry in a completely different format with our 3rd-line center...
Go ahead and get in the pre-emptive rationalizations. Yeah, yeah-even if Perron scores 30 and our top scorer has 18, this salary dump will still have been a "solid" trade because, er, the Blues' system. Or something.
He was dumped for cap space in exchange for a borderline-failed prospect. Maybe it will work out, maybe it won't. I'd love to see the Blues' fan base lose this sense of Armstrong being infallible. Eller and Nikitin for Halak and Russell, anyone? Yeah, yeah-I know I'm not supposed to bring up those...
If money wasn't an issue...right now...I'd rather have Perron. But money is an issue. And we had some big names to sign. So it is what it is. It's not hard to rationalize the moving of Perron though...he has a concussion history, he had a lot of discipline issues on the ice last year, he was underachieving, and he is making $3.5 this year, $4.25 next year and $4.5 the year after that. This is a business afterall.
Halak's issue is his health. He and Elliott combined for crazy numbers two seasons ago. It's quite possible they both do well again this year if Halak can stay healthy.
Everyone...and I mean everyone, loved the Halak trade at the time...I bet you did too.
Looking back on it, based on our goaltending situation at the time...I'd still do that trade because we simply got the best player in the deal.
Halak frustrates me at times, and I am much more comfortable with Elliott in net. But we were/are still a much better team because of that trade.
I'm also not against moving Halak at some point if it addresses a need. But it really depends on how Jake Allen is doing. I think people are ready to anoint him as the backup, when honestly, he hasn't played enough games to jump to that conclusion yet. Yes, he has shown to be very good at times, but the sample size is too small. This is a cup contending team...and having a very green backup goalie that could very well see ice time in the playoffs should something happen to Elliott, is risky.
Armstrong isn't infallible, but he's done a very nice job and positioned this team for a potential cup run. He's trying like hell to win..and trying to do it the smart way...which fans rightfully appreciate. It's hard to criticize too much of what he's done. He gets a solid 'A' in my book so far. But at some point, we need playoff success...so there is that.
It's always fun to see folks try to overstate a negative and try to manufacture some sort of message board controversy over nothing when this should be the best team we have had since before the lockout. But to each his own.