No, this has nothing to do with the Scottrade renovations. That stuff is going to get done. I think the city finally gets it that it's their building and they need to put money into it to make money.
I wouldn't say worse. I believe it's a broken foot, and even though the Blues are saying week to week, they know about how long it's going to be ... 3 weeks, 4 weeks, whatever.
I don't think they can, but I'll check. No, the Blues have lost once in them.
We'll be starting in your city, Mike, so I'm going to see what type of place you take me and then I'll decide where I'll take you in St. Louis. How much you drop depends on how much I drop.
Barbashev had some hiccups but looked good for the most part. Yeo liked him and says he may keep him there, depending on if Sobotka plays and how the lines shake out. As far as the playoff lines, I think you have to draw them up without Stastny for now. I don't think you can start out the first round with Barbashev, with no playoff experience, on the top line. Steen could go back there, or you could play Berglund, Barbashev, Sobotka, Brodziak up the middle. I don't think many like Lehtera on the wing, so how does it play out if you keep him in the middle. Here's my guess on the lines without Stastny ...
This is going to contradict what I said earlier about Sobotka being a third-liner, but I just don't see how it can work until Stastny comes back .... Schwartz-Steen-Tarasenko, Sobotka-Berglund-Perron, Lehtera-Barbashev-Paajarvi, Upshall-Brodziak-Reaves
Pepsi Center is a very nice place. Don't compare other Jumbo-trons to the one at Pepsi Center. It might be the best in the league, that or Tampa.
Basically, as I've heard the story told a number of times, Hull walked into Sutter's office for an end-of-the-season exit interview expecting to hear about what a great year he had. Instead, Sutter told him he needed to work harder and be better. Hull did and still today he credits Sutter for that.
He's on a three-year contract and I think he likes his situation here. I don't think he's looking to bounce around. He obviously has a handle on this goaltending thing, but I don't think he sees himself as a career goalie coach. He's trying to figure out if management is what he likes and for now he's having fun juggling the two jobs. It's probably too early to say whether he can be a GM, but he's certainly putting in the work to find out. The Blues realize what they have in him and if Brodeur wants to be here, he'll be here.
I don't think he would, but I wouldn't completely rule it out. I think Yeo would start Lehtera and give him some rope. The staff likes what Lehtera brings more than the fans. I'm not saying the fans are wrong, I'm just saying he's got more wiggle room than you think. Would they hesitate to sit him? No, not if somebody sitting out could do the job, but I think Lehtera would get the benefit of any doubt.
No, Sobotka was on the reserved-suspended list, so he was already on the roster. For those not totally up on the rules, teams get four minor-league call-ups after the trade deadline and they've used three, so they still have another.
Hutton has another year, so it depends what happens in the expansion draft. If they needed a backup, I think Husso would get some consideration. But this was his first year in North America and he's bounced around a bit (AHL/ECHL) and I would guess he'd need another year of seasoning before he's ready.
Which agent? He's had three since the chat started. I don't have any details on the SJ offer, sorry.
Good question. I like the balance of the two, on the ice and off the ice. My favorite is finding out fun little stories that fans find interesting. Like if Steen were go 50 games without goal, he borrows Tarasenko's stick and scores on his first shift. Or personalities ... what makes a guy tick? That's the stuff that I'm always after.
I thought the same thing when I saw that signing. I don't have any new info. The last I'd heard, they were still working on it. Time to check again.
Yeo made this point several weeks ago. In the last few years, the Blues know early that they're going to be in the playoffs. He on the other hand has had to fight and claw to get the Wild in the playoffs, so he felt like that did him stay focused day to day at the end of the year. Different circumstances as far as the playoffs go, but I think the Wild's first-round win over the Blues a couple of years ago shows that he can get a team ready and beat a higher-seeded opponent.
I don't think it's serious, but it's serious enough that he didn't make the trip. Armstrong told me last night that he wasn't going to play in either of the two road games, so they kept him at home. I'm not sure if he's skating on his own.
According to the media guide, nope.
I can't imagine Tarasenko changed his tune about the nickname. He didn't like it when I wrote that story. I think it just shows that the players don't read my stories (shocker) because some of them (Steen) still call him Tank.
Yeah, I was standing there. I talked to Pietrangelo right after he did that, and you said, 'You've got to have fun, right?" That was a perfect example of what it's been like the past few months.
Yes, and the Blues really like him. He's one of those guys that goes under the radar, but I keep hearing great things about him.
Not a chance. He still owes me hours of my life back.
A possibility, but I think the Blues are going to need guys like Upshall come playoff time, not sitting them. I know they've rested Upshall here and there in the past, but the bottom part of the lineup is so young and inexperienced when it comes to the postseason I think he's got to be in there.
And that'll do it. Time to get back to my day job writing blogs and articles. Thanks for the questions. Be well and I'll chat with you next week when we'll have playoff hockey to break down.