Ramblings: PTOs for Gusev, Neal, Frolik; Ranking Goalies Markstrom, Knight, Smith (Sept 18)

Ian Gooding


With training camps set to open soon, it's officially professional tryout season. Hey, we have to get excited about something hockey-related.

The Blues announced on Friday that they have signed wingers James Neal and Michael Frolik to PTOs. To no one's surprise, Neal had his contract bought out by the Oilers earlier this offseason. It's possible that one or even both of these players could stick if the Blues finally manage to trade Vladimir Tarasenko soon. Otherwise, their odds of signing a season-long contract in St. Louis appear slim, as the Blues have a fairly deep roster of forwards.

A timeline of Dobber tweets:

Before I saw these tweets, I was going to say something to the effect of "The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Darryl Dobbs as their new general manager. His first move was to bring in Nikita Gusev on a professional tryout." All kidding aside, maybe Arizona or Buffalo would have been a better option for Gusev to get his career back on track with that much-needed icetime?

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