I've got some bad/good news on the Bernie Federko autobiography. We have postponed the publish date until late 2018. It was supposed to be out at the end of this year, but we were running behind and decided to push it back. I think it was a wise decision. Bernie has lots of good stories to tell and we've got a great start on the book. But it simply wasn't going to be ready in time. Thanks for your interest and I'll certainly keep everyone updated on the progress.
I think it's just OK. There a lot of a lot of guys on the team that are close, but it seems like there are a lot of groups. That's the case a lot of years. It's not like different groups dislike each other and 23 guys can't go everywhere together. But to me, and again I'm not around them 24-7, but it doesn't seem like the Blues have the overall chemistry I've seen in the past.
It has deteriorated quickly. The reason: Allen has obviously struggled beyond what anybody expected and Hutton is being asked to do more than he was brought in to do ... As far as assistant Steve Thomas being on the bench the past two games, and moving forward, Hitchcock told us yesterday it was so that he and Yeo can pay attention to the big picture on the bench and Thomas can handle the individual chats with players. I don't know what kind of impact it's having, or will have, but if they think that's needed, is sounds like it makes sense to me.
As long as he doesn't have Lehtera on his back, I think he'll be fine.
If it's going down the tubes, why let it be Yeo's christening? If they felt like Yeo could save it, then yeah make the move. But with the way this club is playing, could they really believe that?
It's not going to be a complete rebuild. They've got some good pieces. But they've got to add some better pieces in key spots in the lineup.
I agree, they need a center, and a certifiable top-six one.
They've each played one NHL game, so tough to say. It looks like Megan has a little more seasoning, which makes sense because he's older. But if the Blues believe that Barbashev is capable enough, and he's your prospect, I don't see why you wouldn't let him play. But if they remain in contention for a playoff spot, and Megan gives you a better chance of competing ever night, then you have to go with him. Either way, Barbashev is trending in the right direction and will benefit from top-six minutes in Chicago or being around the Blues.
At some point, they are going to have to sink or swim with Allen. This patchwork goaltending is not going to work. You get through a week or two like this, but doing it the way they're doing it doesn't bode well for this year and it certainly doesn't bode well for the future.
There may be a team or two interested, but I don't think there will be a lot of interest there and I'm not sure you nets much of a return, so he might be more valuable to the Blues to play out the year.
The Blues had Armstrong in place and JD was given a huge contract from Checketts before the ownership change. Stillman and Co. were shaving costs and felt like that was an area they could save.
At this point, I think the Blues will protect him.
It's a pretty significant setback. I realize it's a "transition" year. But a step back didn't mean missing the playoffs.
I don't think so. He's got one more year left on his contract. I don't see anyway that he doesn't play that out and my guess is there will be an extension.
I hear where you're coming from. They will still have a lot of the underperforming players under contract. But I think you clear some salary and have an offseason to make moves based on what happens this year, I think they've still got a talented foundation to build from.
I'm going to call it a day here. Thanks for your questions and I really appreciate everybody staying pretty level-headed. Tough times for Blues fans, but I think we stuck to what matters today and didn't go overboard. Thanks!