Folks: Jeremy is caught up in the Bobby Plager buzz. He expects to arrive for the chat at 2:30 p.m. Thank you for your patience.
Thanks for your patience. I've published the story and need to make one important phone call. I'll be back with you very soon. Again, thanks for understanding.
OK, my apologies for the delay. I am working on a Blues Insider story for Sunday's paper on assistant Ray Bennett and had to work in an interview there. By the way, in case you missed it, I have published the story about the Blues' decision to retire Bobby Plager's No. 5, and it is up on the website. I'm finally ready, so let's get chattin ...
I'm here to help. Funny, though, how I've been swamped the past couple hours and you guys were killing time. Haha
If I'm not mistaken, they get a couple of tickets (2-4) for home games, but they have to purchase them on the road ...However many sticks Parayko has, it's not enough. My colleague Tom Timmermann will be blogging about that, if he hasn't already. I think Hitch is fed up with the number of sticks Parayko has broken. He said today that they're working on a resolution.
I know, I'm sorry. Thanks for sticking with me.
I have mentioned that the Winter Classic sweaters will be unveiled in mid-November. I believe the alumni roster should be release around the same time. I believe they will televise the alumni game somewhere, but I don't think it will be on network TV.
I did see the highlight, and I've seen that look 1 million times. It was a bad goal, it was a backbreaker, but like with other goalies, it happens. I don't know that Hitchcock's look was one of wanting to ring Allen's neck as much as it was ringing the neck of everyone on the ice. As Hitch said after the game, the coverage was soft, especially from Shattenkirk. Not a good goal all around. When will it end? If you find a team that never allows a bad goal, let me know. I want to write that story.
Sure it's possible. Armstrong likes Bouwmeester, but he may decide to expose him and see if Vegas bites on him. I don't know, though, that will help you keep Shattenkirk, though, because if Shattenkirk isn't signed before the trade deadline, it's highly likely they'd have to deal him so that they don't lose him for nothing on July 1. So you can't really let the deadline pass in February or March, then hope that Vegas takes Bouwmeester.
You're going to get both sides with him. He's going to win you some games, and probably lose you a couple. He's on the ice a lot in OT and if he doesn't score, you're likely going to see a chance against develop. I'm more worried about how long he's staying out there than anything. This is a guy who the team said in the playoffs last year can only play 30-second shifts. Now a year later, he can play 1:30 of 3 on 3 after playing 65 minutes of 5 of 5. He has looked exhausted out there.
I don't think he's played enough this year, honestly, to get a great feel. Don't get me wrong, anybody who has watched the Blues the past couple of years knows all about him. But he has slimmed down a bit in an effort to play a faster brand and less worried about the big hit. But look at his ice time in the last few games ... 6:29, 5:19, 7:48, 5:09. I saw him negate the icing, so I know what you mean. But I'd just like to watch a game wear he played 8-9 minutes, got on the forecheck and had a chance to do something. I'm not saying the Blues are at fault. There's just been a lot of special teams early in the season and there hasn't been a game where the Blues were rolling four lines.
None that come to mind, especially that are NHL ready. You look at Tage Thompson, last year's No. 1 overall pick and he should be that type of player when he fills out.
We could find out soon. Bortuzzo didn't skate today and Hitch said after practice that they would know more about his status later this afternoon. As far as a call-up, my guess Lindbohm. If they want a vet who may not play, Butler, but I think it would be Lindbohm. Schmaltz was hurt last I checked. Anybody see an update on him.
I've looked into the situation and what I was told is that Parayko was on an amateur tryout in 2014-15, so that year does not count.
Perron: 3, Yakupov: 2 Berglund: 1
100 percent. Hitch said that last night, telling reporters: "We missed a couple of no-brainers." The blocked shots are one thing, but the missed Grade-A chances are another.
Ha, that story got more traffic on our website than a Tarasenko hat trick. People were interested. Not sure what to say there. From the video, to me, it didn't look like they saw his hand there. It looked they were just trying to get off the ice in a hurry.
I think we'll see all of these at some point in the year. Hitch seems really high on Schwartz at center and rightly so, he's been good. I don't know about Lehtera on the wing. I know he's played there before, but to me, he seems better at center. He doesn't produce as much as you'd like, but he seems like a better fit at center. You make a good point, you could move Lehtera to third-line center and slip Berglund to the wing. Berglund hasn't been bad where he's at, though, so I don't think they'd make that move unless they had to.
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They've got to bring the dry-scrape back. I get that they don't want to kill the momentum and resurface the ice. But if you're going to have a shootout, you've got to clean up the ice and let these guys show off their skill. If they can't because the ice is bad and the puck is bouncing, then what's the point?