I just thing he is pressing. Keeps aiming for corners and keeps missing. Brett Hull was a great scorer because he consistently hit the net with that lightning release and hard shot. Do that enough and pucks go in. Goalies don't get set and/or don't see the shot coming.
By riding Hutton as a the No. 1, Yeo is definitely driving up Carter's value for his next deal. He is also risking burying Allen psychologically. He is creating a goaltender controversy that could carry into the playoffs. He is also raising questions about Allen's future here. But he is taking it game by game, trying to win each one. Right now all those other implications don't concern him.
I really haven't looked at which teams have been lobbying the longest. But the upgrades are helpful and it has been a long time. St. Louis responded to the Winter Classic as well as possible, so I do see the STL getting in line for this event.
Sure, he is still growing into a very wire 6-5 frame. He will never be stout, but he can get stronger -- and stronger on the puck. Right now he gets spread out a lot and lacks leverage.
He tours this league every year. This was his St. Louis stop. He had good things to say about Scottrade's ongoing upgrades.
Of course the team wants to develop a long-term goaltender capable of playing under pressure. As great as Crosby and Malkin are, they needed Fleury to win Cups. Of course, nothing is more difficult than developing a great goaltender. Many hot prospects have never come close to sticking in the league, much less winning a Cup. Trading for a guy with a postseason pedigree is no guarantee either. And like you saw, there are Chris Osgood and Cam Ward types who have won Cups by getting on and/or playing behind hot teams. Sadly, there is no formula here. A lot of it is just luck.
Nah, he hasn't blocked anybody from playing in the NHL and he cost nothing. Popular guy on the team, OK as a part-time fourth liner. Obviously on borrowed time though.
That top line did have a nice little run and I would like to see more of it. But I believe Steen/Stastny/Tarasenko can also work. For too many games this season Yeo has asked 91 to prop up somebody, like a Barbashev. Keep playing him with two guys with hockey sense and I believe the breakout will come. But Vladimir has to play through frustration and remain more determined. Much of this is on him.
Dunn is fearless, so, yes, he could get a few more minutes as the Blues work around the Edmundson injury. Gunnarsson and Bortuzzo also get bigger roles. My guess is we've see the last of Robert on the wing for a while.
There is some variance on back-to-backs around the league. I don' t believe the Blues have been picked on. In fact, they have a lighter schedule than most teams down the stretch, so that should keep them fresher.
Obviously Walman was struggling in Chicago and getting some healthy scratches. And that is not healthy for his development. Such is the problem with putting your players under the control of coaches from other organizations.
Thomas and Kyrou are both kids. They could help at this level for a few games here and there and perhaps we could see that in the playoffs. As for Kostin, he'll get a look once he proves he can make a difference at the AHL level. Thus far he has not.
The more Hutton serves as the No. 1, the more we can talk about Allen as a trade chip. He has a team friendly deal and he is at a prime age. If he can't start here, it would be interesting to see if he would have any value on the market.
And don't forget that Vlad is signed forever on a contract that pays him about 60 percent of what the very top guys can command these days.
He has been mixing it up pretty good. Does he start with the Blues or try a weekend with the Rampage first? An AHL stint would be smart, but, again, Yeo is desperate to win every game and he is searching for forward help. The fact he has started 11 forwards on multiple occasions tells you he could throw Sanford right back in to the mix when he is healthy -- which could be very soon.
Stillman is smarter than that. Yes, he wants playoff revenue. But he wants to win a Cup and this team can't accumulate the critical mass necessary to contend by making short-sighted trades.
Here was the Tim Man's report from Winnipeg: No morning skate today for Blues in Winnipeg, so no updates on anything else until tonight. I would expect that Bortuzzo moves back in, Allen in goal, forwards are the same. But won't know for sure till later
Maybe, but with a mish-mash of talent at the Olympics, would anybody care? Herb Brooks beat a Russia team loaded with world class veterans.