This title drought doesn't get the national media play the Cubs quest got. I believe will make the pitch to players that this franchise is serious about breaking through, but the Cubs deal was something everybody in baseball talked about.
That team has been killed with injuries up front. Charlie Coyle back skating again after suffering a broken leg, so I suppose there is a chance Coyle could bump him back to the minors for more development. Not sure Charlie will be ready next week though.
He might even be nicer than he seems. No kidding. He really, really loves what he does. And yet he won't blow smoke when it comes to a team's shortcomings. He may phrase it nicely, but he isn't afraid to raise negative points about the team's play.
This could be a powerful team. Of course, Allen must keep progressing to give the team that oh-so-essential piece. But there is potential here for the Blues attack in waves. I like the mix of guys in development, some speed, some size, some skill . . .
Well, Berglund could bump Sundqvist to the fourth line. Or to the AHL. That remains to be seen.
He just didn't play with the same urgency he played with late last season. He needs to get on the puck and then use his skill to make things happen. Tempo, puck battles, playmaking -- he was lacking on multiple fronts. The Blues want him to become an impact player, not just a fill-in.
When the team does well and has a marketable talent (Tarasenko) it does draw in more casual fans. With the Rams gone, there is less competition for sponsors and to fill the premium seats. So I do believe the Blues benefit, thanks to their success and their marketing efforts.
OK, looks like we've tapped out today. See you next Friday. Thanks for all the questions and comments.