DETROIT • Wednesday's NHL game at Little Caesar's Arena featured Jake Allen in Blues and Jimmy Howard's goals for Detroit…
DETROIT • Wednesday’s NHL game at Little Caesar’s Arena featured Jake Allen in Blues and Jimmy Howard’s goals for Detroit Red Wings.
Should they be able to change places before the season’s out?
According to the Insider Trading segment of the Canadian sports network TSN, Blues has “paid much attention” to Howard, 34, who was 7-6-3 with a 2.68 goal-by-average and a .922 save percent who went into Wednesday’s competition.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Blues was represented at Little Caesars for Monday’s Red Wings match against Columbus and seemed to pay close attention to Howard. Drewer said it would take a lot for Red Wings to share with Howard and mentioned Blues rookie Robert Thomas and Blues prospecting Jordan Kyrou as opportunities.
There seems to be a lot to ask considering that Howard would be a rental ̵
1; his contract expires after this season.
It was not referred to Allen as part of any TSN trading package, but it would not be meaningful to take on Howard without dispensing with Allen.
It would be payroll in such a deal involving goalkeepers. Howard makes $ 5.29 million this year Allen makes $ 4.35 million and has two years left on his contract after this season (at $ 4.35 million a year).
Both Red Wings and Blues are extremely close to the cap, with CapFriendly.com currently projecting Detroit with zero cap space available at the end of the season and Blues with $ 40,000.
Entry on Wednesday’s competition, Allen ranked 50th among all NHL goalkeepers in saving percentages of .896 and 52 in goals – against an average of 3.27. These numbers are blown up by shaky defensive support earlier in the season.
And Allen has played well lately. On Wednesday’s competition, he had a 1.88 goal-to-average and a .933 save percent in his six most recent appearances, numbers that ranked eighth and twelfth in the league during the two-week period.
Asked about the TSN report, Blues CEO Doug Armstrong said he did not answer the rumors.
But when you are last in the Central Division with an underachieving team, the rumors season comes early. For what it worth, there were scouts or representatives from 10 NHL teams in attendance Wednesday, including two from Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets.
After missing six matches with an upper body injury, alternatively Captain Alexander Steen returned to the line for Blues, but with a twist. He started the game on the fourth line with Ivan Barbashev and Oskar Sundqvist.
Steen has spent most of the season on Blues third line and had played on a line centered by Tyler Bozak in 15 of his previous 16 matches.
“It’s always hard to sit outside,” said Steen. “I used the time as well as I could to get me back to a place where I could play.”
During Stone’s fall time, Blues lost four out of six matches and coach Mike Yeo was fired.
Steen Sammy Blais was a healthy scratch, the first game he missed since he was recalled from San Antonio on November 15th. Nikita Soshnikov was also a healthy scratch. He has appeared in only five out of 13 games, on average only 7 minutes, 10 seconds ice-cream, since he was activated from injured reserve in early November.
Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) was a scraper, missed his sixth consecutive game.
With his homework Ontario, Canada, right next to, Thomas had some friends and relatives at hand for the Detroit game. Included in the travel party were his parents, brother, a pair of former teammates and some former trainers from his days in junior hockey.
So who ran to the tickets?
“I paid for a good deal of them,” said Thomas, who then added: “I told them it’s only a one-time thing. Next time they’ll find out.”
Detroit Red Wings Center Michael Rasmussen (27) plays the puck beside St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) during the first period of a NHL hockey game on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings Center Luke Glendening (41) controls St. Louis Blues defender Alex Pietrangelo (27) the second period of a NHL hockey game Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Detroit.