I don't mind the system, but I do mind the execution. How many really quick two-, three-, four-pass plays do you see? How many quick shots do you see while the penalty killers are moving back into position? These guys spend a lot of time holding the puck and surveying. The players do rotate and change attack points, but they do so slowly. This unit lacks dynamic action in the offensive zone.
Per the rules, they get five days completely off. If they want to skate on their own or work out, that's their call.
When the NHL chose the NBC deal, they wanted to be a primary sports tenant. They gave up ESPN exposure as part of that bargain. But that doesn't look so bad now that ESPN is losing ground with SportsCenter and other programming. People get their highlights elsewhere.
His bosses will shed a tear when they have to buy Lehtera out. What a blunder.
In the Brian Sutter days, players we get a snout full of ammonia to get their jump in their game. This is men's hockey. No heading off for ice cream after the game.
Couldn't disagree more. Perron played his way into the expansion draft with his postseason performance. Bouwmeester could be a big piece in two more playoff runs. Can't compare a supplemental scorer to a Top 4 defender.
I didn't suggest the Blues would trade for him, I just threw him into the pile of forwards with expiring contracts.
The Blues won't have that opportunity in the draft.
If the team deems that Allen really does need Marty's help, sure, he could always check in.
You find out if a guy is a Cup-caliber goaltender when he wins in the playoffs. Until then, you are only guessing. This is the Roman Turek Axiom. Goaltenders can win at every level, but the Cup playoffs are a different matter. And . . . sustaining that is tough, too. Cam Ward had a playoff run, then stunk for years. Matt Murray was a playoff hero, then, as my buddy Brian McKenna would say, he blew up like poisoned farm dog.
Robert Thomas for sure, with appearances from Jordan Kyrou and Klim Kostin likely.
I don't see that at all. The Blues got sloppy a couple times recently, but on balance they have been one of the NHL's most solid teams in their own zone. I haven't sensed many Blues D-men soiling their pants in the face of a forecheck.
It is very important to have a good second goaltender. Ask the Penguins about that. They might miss the playoffs this year.
He'll be in the conversation. Hedman was starting to pull away, but let's see how serious his injury is. Doughty is starring again. Hard to argue against those guys/ If the Blues finish strong and Pietrangelo puts up some points, he'll get some votes.
A veteran guy like Bouwmeester gets his legs back by playing, not by riding the bike. He has looked a step slow, yes, but the Blues hope he will round back into form. Playing him now is an investment in the rest of the season.
Walman has the most value of that pile, but, again, don't hold your breath.
Muller was very good here for sure. But I am going to keep coming back to players being to fine or tentative when there just isn't much time and space out there, even 5 on 4. Where is the spontaneity, the unpredictability?
The format is a limiting factor, as is the desire to get representatives from across each conference. But Tampa Bay had four players picked despite that. As for Schenn over Tarasenko, Brayden has been the better overall player. Vladdy has more star power.