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PHT Morning Skate: Is Stewart’s new contract a prelude to far bigger deal?

Jul 22, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Trying to make sense of the reports linking Jaromir Jagr to the New Jersey Devils. (Bergen Record)

St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart recently agreed to a two-year, $8.3 million contract. He’s on track to get a far bigger payday when this deal is done. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

For the fifth straight season, the Montreal Canadiens will kickoff their schedule with a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Montreal Gazette)

Washington Capitals prospect Patrick Wey is getting ready to make the jump from Boston College to AHL Hershey. (CSN Washington)

Here’s a team assembled entirely out of unrestricted free agents. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Nashville Predators have a bit of a logjam when it comes to forwards. (The Tennessean)

  1. eggserino - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Anyone who’s watched Chris Stewart play regularly knows that this guy is inconsistent offensively and does not offer much in terms of physicality when it comes to playing the boards. Yes, he can fight. Yes, he has good hands.

    His on ice vision is questionable. He does not check like a power forward. When he is not scoring, he often looks lost on the ice.

    Potting 30 goals (plus) a year makes a lot of the things mentioned above go away quickly.

    If Stewart is paired with a play making center who provides the vision, he will be successful. If not, he will not maximize his ability.

    • brockohol - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      you are right on…this is not a “Power Forward.” In fact, he is more of a finesse player than anything.

      as a Blues fan i thought we were getting the next Cam Neely but quickly realized that he is plain and simple a goal scorer who will fight some guy on the other team that is not any good and beat the piss out of him.

      I wish he could find a way to cancel out those 2 weeks spans where you dont even remember seeing him on the ice and be more consistent. When he is on, he is one of the best players in the league

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      dead on sir, that’s why he hasn’t received the big contract he’s been looking for.
      the guy has great hands, probably one of the best backhand shots in the nhl, but lacks true hockey vision. on his own he looks lost on the ice just like you said. paired with a playmaker he puts the puck in the net.
      18 goals led the team in the regular season but he did nothing in the playoffs.
      when stewie finds consistency he will find the payday he’s been looking for.

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