You're saying that somebody asked me last year if Tarasenko would get to 40 and I said 'No.' I don't remember, but you're probably right. I think he had seven in the last six games last year to get there, so that was pretty remarkable. How about the other night against Arizona in St. Louis? They're trying to get Schwartz the hat trick and Tarasenko ends up scoring for No. 35. Then he got No. 36 in AZ, like you say he has six games to get four. I'm going to say he does it. He might get two tonight. So I don't know if we can bet because it sounds like you think he can do it, too.
For sure it has a lot to do with your base, but there's a lot more to it strength-wise, and like I said, studying everything you can.
I wouldn't call him a players' coach. He might relate to players more than a lot of coaches because he's young (43). And he may have been more of a players coach in Minnesota. But I think he's learned his lesson and while he might not be a coach that strikes fear in a player, or plays mind games, I think he's a guy who has their attention and in his short time in St. Louis so far has found a good balance.
I did this piece below, but it only scratches the surface. We'll do more as we get closer to the draft ...
I don't disagree with you. You can't write a guy off because of what some people are saying. Hopefully in all situations, the Blues or any team would be doing their homework and see if a player made sense in their situation. Those players you mentioned seemed to work out fine.
I someone who is taking nothing away from them beating up on bad teams lately. But I'm watching games around the league and the intensity is so much greater in other games, compared to Blues vs. Colorado, Blues vs. Arizona. Yeah, those teams are playing hard, but it's not the same. I'm not saying the Blues can't ramp it up when they play Nashville Sunday or when they get into the first round. But it would seem like a minor concern to me that they've been playing a lot of weaker teams with nothing on the line.
It looks like a real possibility and if I were the Wild that would be a nightmare situation. After the year they've had, to be scuffling as bad as they are down the stretch and then to potentially lose to Yeo's Blues, you can't write that stuff.
Really good. He was playing well for three weeks before he started scoring. This is a big development if the Blues are going to make any noise in the playoffs.
In Yakupov's case, the Blues would have to offer 100 percent of this year's salary ($2.5 million).
A Stan .... (wifi goes out)
I don't think so. He's going to be at least $5 million and he's a right winger, where the Blues have Tarasenko. Plus, even without Hitchcock, I don't think Oshie would have interest in coming back. He's shown after leaving here what he's capable of, albeit playing with one of the top 2-3 players in the world. He'll have other options.
And that'll will do it for today. Good stuff today from you guys. I could be a lot faster on the keyboard, but that carrot cake put me in a trance. Thanks, chat with you later.