It is Aug. 4, and it's 76 degrees and breezy in St. Louis ... amazing. I am setup outside to chat with you guys. If you're in the St. Louis area and inside, I'm assuming that you've used up all of your vacation days. Here's a pointer. Tell your boss that you 'Can't see.' He or she will then ask if your eyes hurt or something. No they don't, tell them, you just can't see staying at work on a day like this. Let's get chattin' ...
Prosser is a 31-year-old with nearly 300 games and he's a right shot, which might be most important. Of the players you mentioned, only Bortuzzo and Schmaltz are right shots. Bortuzzo is penciled in as the starter and Schmaltz is still unproven. So if there's an injury on that side, the Blues could be in trouble. I like the signing.
It's pretty surprising actually. There are some slower weeks in the summer, but there are many that the traffic equals what we see during the regular season. I'm always impressed and it shows the interest level Blues fans have year-round
Army has had many conversations with Vegas and with Colorado about their placement of prospects with the Chicago Wolves and the San Antonio Rampage next year and I'm sure he has certain expectations. But that's all got to play out. Vegas and Colorado have an obligation to develop their own prospects, but they want to create a winning environment so they're going to want to play the best players. The Blues prospects are simply going to have to compete and if they do, then they should be rewarded with ice time. As far as I know, the Blues won't have any control over the use of their prospects and ice time, but I'm sure they'll try to stay on top of it as best they can.
That would be a great question for Tom. Perhaps we can have him host another chat before the offseason wraps up. So hang onto that question and we'll see if we can get him in the hot seat.
Whether they're playing with the Wolves, Rampage or whomever, the Blues prospects are under contract with the Blues. They will sent to those teams on loan and recalled when needed. I'm not aware of any potential issues in that regard.
We don't know at this point what line Fabbri will be on because we don't even know which position he'll be playing. As I've reported, the Blues want to open camp with him at center. So if Stastny and Schenn are on your top two lines, then Fabbri is possibly centering the third line. If Fabbri winds up staying on left wing, then I could see him playing on the second line with Steen perhaps moving to the right side.
I was a little surprised, yeah, for the same reason. But he's 37, had a good career, and he and his wife made $35 million last year ($31 million for Carrie and $4 million for Mike). Time to stay home and enjoy the kids.
I would've retired a couple of year ago.
I know Jaskin was only 23 last year, but it was a very important season for him and he didn't deliver. He only played 51 games, but I don't think his played earned him any more. The postseason was case in point when Jaskin had a breakout game and then didn't show up in the next one. He's still an enigma to me. He's got the size and skill but it doesn't seem to turn into much for him individually. I know teams don't score a lot of goals on the Blues when he's on the ice, but there's got to be more. It looks like he's going to have some opportunity this year, especially if he can play on the right side, where there's a glaring hole in the top nine. But he's going to have to show a lot more than he's shown to date to play 51-plus games.
I think so, yes, because what Parayko is good at doesn't go into slumps. He exits traffic better than any young defenseman I've seen and you don't lose that. Sure his goals went down by a few last year, but he had two more points. I think the goals will go back up, especially if he gets time on the No. 1 power play. I think he'll be a little more comfortable now having the contract and the Shattenkirk situation behind him, and I don't think he'll be facing a ton more pressure because teams have known about him for more than a year now. I'm not saying it won't get tougher for him, but he appears able to handle it.
I know you (or someone else) has been asking this question for a few weeks and I haven't been able to get to it, so I will today. First of all, I will say that in my 12 years as the Blues' beatwriter, the Post-Dispatch has been VERY committed to covering the Blues. There is not another news outlet in the city that has spent as much money to follow and cover the team. Now regarding the draft. I have covered a number of drafts in person since taking over the beat in 2005. I've gone to Ottawa and spent thousands of dollars on the trip and came back with one story about the Blues' draft picks. I've covered some drafts from home and the Blues made a trade and we weren't there. In other words, you can't predict what is going to happen. But I can tell you this. It costs a lot of money to attend most drafts and if there are any concerns with travel budgets, which there are in today's day and age with newspapers, I would sleep better knowing that we're going to have the money to attend every road game throughout the season. It is good to be at the draft, but I can get the same info from the Blues in a phone conversation with Doug Armstrong and Bill Armstrong than I can at the draft. I know because I've done it both ways. I understand the concern about not being at the draft, but I thought our coverage of the Lehtera and Reaves trade was as sufficient as if I were there in person this year.
I'll go with Shattenkirk. As high of a ceiling as Parayko has, Shattenkirk is a 40-50 point player every year and he's going to get a ton of opportunity with the Rangers, moving the puck to a high-scoring group of forwards and playing on the PP.
Haha. Darn, at least you tried it.
The Blues are loaded up with possibilities on the wing: Barbashev, Jaskin, Paajarvi, Sanford, Schenn, Sobotka, Steen. If Fabbri can play center, I don't think the wing will be an issue.
Another good crowd in today's chat, thanks for the support!
Only what Army guesstimated in the article I wrote ... he was thinking about 7-8 in Chicago and 5-6 in San Antonio.
Different teams have different philosophies. If you're Montreal and Toronto and owning a team is not going to break the bank, then it makes sense to have your own and stay in charge of everything. If you're the Blues and were in a position like they were five years ago looking to trim dollars and get out of the red, selling the Rivermen made sense. But back to your point, as long as they can have control of the hockey operations, that's all they really want/need. They had it with Chicago last year and we saw what happened. That's what they'll have in San Antonio, too. So for them, it's a good situation.
The last I heard was that he'd be cleared to play in Traverse City. I haven't heard anything different.
That would have been a good situation for the Blues for a couple of reasons. It probably would have built the Blues' fan base in KC and fans in St. Louis could easily make the trip across the state and watch the team. The proximity of the organization in regards to scouts, etc., isn't that big of an issue. As I've said, the Blues are out of town 41 games a year and the minor-league team is on the road half the year, too, so it's not always easy to call up a player wherever your affiliate is located. As long as your not on opposite coasts like LA has had. But yes, the idea of growing the brand on the other side of Missouri would have been a big plus.
Ahhhh, you're telling me that you're not chatting with us every week. I listed the standings a week or two ago. I'm going to make you go find it (only because I don't remember what I wrote).