Ken has battled his weight throughout his adult life. At various points he has whipped himself into better shape, but that gets harder with age. And, yes, the stress of the job, the LONG work days and the grind of travel takes a toll.
The smart play appears to be signing Hutton for another year and giving Husso 55 to 60 games in the AHL once the Blues control their farm team. But he IS an intriguing prospect and these brief recalls are good for his development. The Blues staff gets some hands-on coaching with him and he gets a feel for his D-men.
There is a very fine line between winning and losing. A three-game slump and turn into eight or 10 games. So Mike Yeo is OK resting third-pairing defensemen and third- and fourth-line forwards, but he is reluctant to give the top guys a break. That won't come until the last week of the season -- and only then if the playoff positioning is set.
There is a big upgrade in the spectator experience. The video board is terrific for folks in the upper circle and and the lighting is much better. I haven't been over to the theater seats section, but seems pretty cool too.
Scoring the empty-netter ought to open the goal spigot for him. When scorers into a goal slumps, they can start aiming shots and over-passing. He just needs to keep firing. As for his overall play. I noted last week that I favor keeping powerhouse lines together to force other teams to adapt. I would keep 91 with Schenn and Schwartz and let the group fight through. I look back to how the Predators rode their top line into the postseason last season with lots of momentum. I know trios can get stale, but I also know that line scrambling can lead to disjointed play.
Off the rush, a backhand top at the right post is harder to convert for sure. But playing the off wing allows players to cut to the middle on the forehand and gain more net to shoot at. This has worked pretty well for Vladimir Tarasenko. It also allows wingers to walk out of the corner on their forehand, positioned to shoot.
He finally exploited the opportunity at hand. He even gets PP time, which seemed inconceivable earlier this season. He is fortunate that injuries gave him this much time to come around. He had "waiver wire" written all over him during the first month. There is potential there, but he needs to push himself because is not a quick or fast player and the NHL pace gaining velocity.
Paper move. He was back on the ice today then formally recalled.
The Oilers need defensemen. I'm sure they would love a guy like Jake Walman. I don't see the motivation from the Blues side. I'd rather see Blais get an extended run, then perhaps Tage Thompson later on. With so many players on the cusp, I couldn't see Maroon being more than a rental here.
At the rink. Spoke to reporters afterward and gave player updates.
I do like traditional looks, too, but I'll also give a not to the Kings. Men in black.
Short-term, but he wont play this weekend. Yeo says Allen could get both games with Husso backing up. Day game in Motown allows the Blues to be back home by early evening.
Allen probably gets both, as noted.
Perhaps some day Busch will get another shot. Let's see if the NHL sticks with the gimmick. Will it burn out or will it become a staple? Early returns are great, but at some point the novelty might erode. If it becomes permanent, then, of course, Busch gets another shot because it did so well with it.
Yeah, there may be a playoff spot open out West. But Vegas will get its reality check at some point and players will become available.
That's your obsession. Not sure that Doug Armstrong shares it.
Of course her passing impacted the players as people. But I doubt there was much impact on the slippage in team play. Part of making it as a professional player is separating real life from the competition. Just look at what Jaden Schwartz endured.
Armstrong deserves the extension, obviously, and he would be a hot commodity if he hit the market. As for Stastny, that will come down to term, dollar and what happens in postseason players. Centers don't grown on trees, even second-line line centers. Keeping him for, say, three years would allow Robert Thomas to grow into that role.
They had few options for the second PP unit, It seemed his size was more a benefit than his handedness, given his utter lack of success scoring at this level. Interesting to left-shooting Patrick Berglund working the right half boards in the reconfigured PP. That improves his shooting angle as well as his ability to attack the box off his forehand.
Keep playing Dunn until he proves can't handle it. He creates offensive opportunities Gunnarsson and Bortuzzo cannot.