I'm hoping to address this in the paper soon. For years, we heard that college players never picked the Blues because their lineup was full and these guys looking for a place to sign were seeking situations where they could step in and play. That might have been the situation the past couple of years, but it's not necessarily the case now. I don't recall ever writing about the Blues signing a highly touted college prospect. Perhaps the club has been in on some of these players and they decided to sign elsewhere, but it would be worth asking Armstrong what his philosophy is on those guys.
Thanks and I think that we all understand that's the case. But when you've created a situation that's blurry and you're making it even blurrier, you're losing people. When people who watch the game every night are watching the angles that are available and it looks to be offside and it's not called, then we're just confusing everybody. And it's only going to get worse, like we've seen a few times, when the playoffs start and there's even more riding on these calls that are splitting hairs at best.
Tell your buddy to read Chapter 30 of "100 Things Blues Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die." And tell him that if he keeps spewing stuff that doesn't make sense, nobody is ever going to listen to him.
Yeah, but if this guy is available, and it appears that he might be, you find a way to make it work. It doesn't stop them from still looking at center.
I think Minnesota will still find a way to get it together, but I think they're vulnerable. The Sharks are a veteran group, but the Blues have played them well over the past few years (yes, I remember the conference finals) and they seem to play OK in that building. If I had my pick, even though the Blues swept San Jose this season, or "swiped off" as you said, I'd probably rather play Minnesota.
I would say either Berube or Martin Brodeur. For those of you who don't pay attention to the minor leagues, Berube is Craig Berube, who is coaching the Chicago Wolves this season. He's done great with that team, setting up guys like Paajarvi and Barbashev for success at the NHL level. If you're not going with him, I'd go with Martin Brodeur for what he's done with the goalies. OK, I'm kidding, I know they're not candidates. I would go with either Pietrangelo or Tarasenko.
These guys loved Elliott and obviously wish the best for him. I talked to Jake Allen a few days ago about this and he called Elliott one of the "best goalies in the league" and his success now is "why Calgary traded for him." Fortunately, the Blues have already played against Elliott this season, so they've got that out of the way and they can just play hockey tomorrow.
Yeah, but you're never going to have a perfect balance. I don't think the Blues see the situation you spelled out as a glut of talent in a specific area. Armstrong knows they need to address the center position. The play of Berglund and Barbashev perhaps changes things a bit, but regarding Lehtera, I still believe it's something they'll need to address. On defense, they've had an advantage with some much talent and depth on the right side. Shattenkirk's gone and they've still got a nice surplus. But again, I don't think they're saying we can deal one of them for a left shot and that cures them. They've got to upgrade a few areas, regardless if they have numbers on one side of the ice.
I've got no explanation other than the players will tell you that opponents target injured players. I've never been in these guys' shoes, so I'm not going to dismiss it. I do know that the NFL releases a report every week that details what's wrong with a guy and they seem to make out of a game alive. True, NFL players aren't whacking guys with sticks, so there is a difference, but the upper-body, lower-body cover-up is unlike anything in sports. We as writers spend more time hunting down the nature of injuries and less time writing positive feature stories about the game and the player and that wouldn't happen if we had the injuries.
He's only coaches 20-something games, and he has been forced to play some of these guys, but you've got to believe that Yeo has learned from some things he did in Minnesota.
Seems like a good guy, quiet guy. I've only spoken with him a couple of times in an interview setting with multiple reporters, so nothing too personal. I tend to go by what the beatwriters from the players' previous team say about him, and the writer in Washington enjoyed dealing with him.
The quantity of players you mentioned is why I think we'll see something happen this summer. I'm not saying they'll go out and get a No. 1 guy, but I think they'll do something to define the position a little better. Keep in mind, that Sanford and Thompson have a lot to prove before you can pencil them in at center. But obviously the team's blueprint for them to eventually play in the middle would factor into any decisions the club makes.
We mentioned this in a couple of articles. There are situations on the ice, like closing out games, that players like Shattenkirk desire and he made it known that he wanted a different challenge. We can all debate or poke fun at Shattenkirk about whether he was deserving of a more important role on the team. The simple fact is the Blues have Pietrangelo for that stuff and Shattenkirk wasn't going to find it here. And if you have a guy like Pietrangelo, you're certainly not going to pay Shattenkirk a ton to not do it. He definitely had his plusses and parts of the game where he made the Blues a better team, but it's been a luxury for the blues to have both Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk together and at some point that road was going to end because Shattenkirk had played himself into a much larger contract.
I'm going to answer a couple more and then get back to writing for Sunday's paper. The Blues Insider this week will focus on the hot debate in the NBA right now of superstars sitting out games to rest. I spoke with a couple of Blues about this, and you might be surprised by some of their answers. We also took the opportunity to discuss the age-old debate about whether the NHL regular season is too long. Hopefully you'll get a change to read the story on Sunday.
The St. Louis chapter made the nomination, so I was part of the process. I think Reaves was the best choice. A guy like Scottie Upshall also meets the qualities of persevering, but for me, Reaves is an energy guy who was drafted in 2005 and 12 years later he's still with the same organization. He's molding his game to be stay in the lineup and so I think he was the best candidate to nominate for the award.
Not great. Unfortunately some voters are looking for a guy who rose from the dead and has 20 goals this season. I'm not saying Reaves' story is overwhelming, but I don't think it will get the consideration that it probably deserves.
Ha, I believe it's a shoulder.
The Blues plan to talk to him as soon as possible and I do think there's a good chance of him turning pro.
Considering he flew home with the team, I'm not buying it.
If the Blues continue to play the way they have been, no.
And thanks for yours. I really appreciate you guys checking in every week! It makes the bosses think I'm working and then they don't give me any other assignments. Chat next week ...