I've heard they'd probably get an A- or B+ prospect for Shattenkirk as a rental. Like you said, though, it could be pick(s). I could see where teams are saying they'd only give up a 2nd, but Shattenkirk is the premier defenseman available, so if you're only getting a pick, I don't see how you don't get a first-rounder.
No, with all the families in town for the Winter Classic, they're skipping the dad's trip this year.
You're not alone. The Blues spoke about a different style, but we never really saw it. Without the big bodies of Backes and Brouwer, they were planning on playing less physical and more of a game where they moved the puck fast, created lots of zone time and created their scoring chances that way. They wanted to play faster, but they're not fast. They have to play together as a team to appear fast and they weren't doing that. I wasn't expecting it to look like the Blues envisioned this season, but that said, I expected it to look a lot better than it has this season.
Two responses: It's tough to define the line. As I've mentioned, Yeo has made some changes to the system, but it also appears the Blues are giving more effort and paying attention to detail. I guess the way to answer your question is to say I don't think the Blues would look the way they do now without the coaching change. Secondly, let's see how long this lasts. They've been great, but eventually the coaching jolt wears off. If the Blues can continue to play this way, behind a few weeks, then we'll be able to tell that it was more than that.
In Toronto, there's a bar/restaurant called Real Sports that has the biggest TV screen you'll ever see in your life. In Montreal, there's a million spots. I know some of the media was going to a place today called Schwartz's Deli. There's a dinner spot called Gibby's that I'm hoping to get to tonight.
Without Backes, the Blues have had to make some adjustments on the power play. They don't have anybody like him, so you need to do different things. They still put somebody (Stastny/Perron/Berglund) in front at times, it just doesn't have the same effect. Backes practiced that for years, screening the goalie and practicing tips, deflections. He's got a big body, but it's an art, too.
Uh, lots of work left. They 4-1, simmer down.
I think a little bit. Parayko can be really good and he's ahead of those other guys. But I don't think any of them are Kevin Shattenkirk. He's a really good offensive defenseman and it will be very difficult to replace him, even with the young talent. But yes, when you have that many young prospects, I think it helps the Blues try to replace him.
I'm going to take a quick break. Be back in a few minutes.
OK, back for a few more and then time to work on stories for tomorrow and Sunday. I took a tour of the Hall of Fame in Toronto and took notes on the Blues' artifacts that are there, and I'll be writing about that for Sunday's Insider.
Because the main reason they're not re-signing him is they A) can't afford him B) don't want to pay him what he wants. So their chances of signing him in the summer, when there will be a bidding war for him, would be even less.
It's been a tough year for Boston, which just fired Julien as you know. They've got some good players but can't seem to put it together. I wouldn't completely judge Backes' season based on the numbers because of the situation there, but certainly it hasn't been a great start for him there. I really do think most people were understanding of Armstrong's decision not to give Backes five years. I think he'll still be a good player for Boston once he gets settled in, but five years was too long for the Blues.
Ah yes, if you start it off with "great chat," you're more likely to get your question answered, haha. Regarding Bouwmeester, I don't see the Blues have interest in moving him. He's got two more years at $5.4 million per season. Will he be here until the end of that? I don't know. But I know the team likes him a lot more than many fans do. I suppose there's a chance they could leave him exposed in the expansion draft, but who knows now if Vegas would have interest?
I actually stayed away from the poutine. I know, I know, you don't believe, but it's true. For those of you not familiar with poutine, a Canadian favorite, we're talking about a pile of fries covered in brown gravy and cheese curds. You might think about ordering but then the darn Canadians put the calorie number next to it on the menu and you just can't pull the trigger. Good for Panger, he can eat two plates of it and nothing shows up. I could have three fries and all of the sudden I've got another acre on my love handles.
You're talking Bouwmeester, right? He's a steady, low-maintenance professional. People might not like that he doesn't hit, he doesn't have a hard shot, all of that stuff. But he plays 23 minutes a night against hard lines and gets the job done more often than not. And his contract isn't that expensive anymore when you stack it up against top-four defensemen around the NHL .... Yeah, that was a fun night at the Monster Jam with my family. Hard to miss a Blues game, but when you travel as much as we do, it's nice to spend time with them. Say hi next time.
I would have to guess a bridge deal. Army loves him and I don't think they'd have a problem giving him a longer term deal. I think they know he can play and he's not a guy who's fooling you right now. But I would think he's in a situation where a two year deal worth about $4 million or so per year makes sense.
I don't know them all that well, but El Toro Loco and Son of a Grave Digger were pretty fun to watch. Not a lot of people at the dome, but the crowd got into it.
Maybe Jaskin instead of Lehtera because you wouldn't mind losing his contract, but I don't know that Jaskin has a brighter future. He's cheaper though and it allows you to go out and fix your center position.
He's played well and I think you'd lose him if you didn't. I'm not trying to overvalue him, but I think he's made himself into a good player.
No, players whose contracts are expiring don't need to be protected because they could be leaving. The expansion draft is prior to the start of free agency.
Yes, great video. I was along for part of that tour. I'll have some of that in my article Sunday about the Hall. Thanks!