Interesting that CCM is the official AHL supplier, the last I checked, while Bauer has the deal for the kids in the NAHL. Sticks are so enormously expensively I'm guessing that lower level leagues have to cut these deals to contain costs.
He is loved in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are starting to roll, so it will be more fun yet. Any team with Crosby and Malkin always has a chance to win it all again.
Good point. He comes out of the crease a lot. He has overplayed a lot of pucks in the past. He was already head that direction when he got shoved.
Yeah, he has gotten so much better with his decision-making. He has always been pretty good with the puck, which was a pleasant surprise. He absolutely does not mind stepping up in the play and even making fore-check hits on the back wall. He is making a case to be in the nucleus going forward.
Yeah, he might get a call. And when he does, he will certainly express his firm opinion. Armstrong does not take losing well. Then again, should he?
The league is allowing a bit more interference to provide a bit more protection for the D-men. The league doesn't want to slow the game down, but it doesn't want to lose a ton of D-men either.
Arizona. The eternal area problem has not been solved there.
Nah, this team is more concerned about finding Top 6 help. They are pretty happy with the fourth line.
Yeah, Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo played together forever, but Jay is clearly playing hurt this season. He has been much better when paired with Parayko. Joel has come a long way. That started last year, culminating with his strong postseason working with Colton. So the change is about Joel's growth and Bouwmeester losing a step.
No idea. That huge shot block against Montreal might have saved that game. He does that sort of thing all the time. And, again, the man is playing hurt.
Steen, Stastny and Schwartz spend a lot of time around the net. Schenn gets in there too, but he is at his best in the slot -- like last night, where he had that nifty redirection to set up Schwartz's goal.
Jarmo left some high-end talent, but the Blues are scoring better quantity and equal quality in his absence. My issue with Jarmo was his frequent second-round misses.
Other players know he is playing hurt, but at 70 or 80 percent he can still help the team in his role.
Pietrangelo could win a Norris Trophy some day.
In the wild card system, the top three teams in each division get in, then the last two spots to goes to teams with the best record. So the Central Division will get five teams this season and the Pacific three. And, yes, there will likely be a team in the bracket with fewer points than at least one team outside the bracket.
You would see a lot more laughter down there, that's for sure. Blues, refs, opponents, fans, everybody.
Net presence is always a good thing. And the Blues have guys in front of the net. And yet you will hear the Blues say every week, along with 30 other teams every week, that they need to get into the dirty areas. That is like football teams saying they need to establish the run and pitchers saying they need to throw strikes. Backes anchored in front of the net better than a lot of guys, but I don't believe the Blues need to sign somebody for the sole purpose of anchoring in front of the net. Guys can move into the line of vision of the goaltender as the shot is coming and have the same effect. Steen is pretty good at that. Again, Stastny and Schwartz get in there as well.
Preventing extended offensive zone pressure is always a good plan. Teams than can do that will win a lot of games, against the Blues or anybody else. But now that this team has three lines and two power-play units, I believe it can move past its two-month struggle and score more goals.
Except that Keenan didn't use Demitra after getting his rights. Pavol played in the IHL instead and didn't move up to the Blues until after Iron Mike was gone. Obviously on my watch getting Adam Oates for Bernie Federko was huge, even more one sided at the time than the Brett Hull deal.
Yeah, Pietrangelo is a much better all-round defenseman while Klingberg generates more offensive, especially on the power play.
Maybe a guy like Jordan Eberle of the Islanders. That is the only team I can think that really needs a goaltender and maybe it would whack a scoring winger to save dollars for Tavares.
About what a grande coffee of the day at Starbucks goes for. OK, slight exaggeration. Cap Friendly has the number at $228,000.
One of the all-time good guys, period.
Good question. Not sure we have anybody as into as the great Roman Turek. I will have to ask the boys who travel more often with the group.
The players are graded extensively during and after every game. Obviously Yeo believe Bouwmeester has more to offer. His size and reach are especially valuable on the penalty killers. Opposing coaches often comment on the size of the Blues D-men being a huge advantage.
Sorry, but I've got to tap out for the week. See you next time!