But lower body could also be joints (ankles, knees) and upper body could be shoulders or concussion. On the subject of Schenn, Yeo said he was sore, which I think would rule out concussion.
Don't see the roller-coaster ride ending in the foreseeable future.
He's only played in three games since being sent down. He scored an empty-net goal over the weekend and that's his only point so far. He plus-2 and has 10 shots on goal in the three games.
I don't know if you can say Bouwmeester is still hurt. We're in a little bit of a gray area here. Structurally the hip is fine. But Yeo says he's still not all the back. A little confusiong.
I've heard some observers say that Quennville isn't all that big on playing younger guys. (Although DeBrincat seems to be doing just fine.) But to answer your question, yes, Thomas should be able to play wing. Doug Armstrong even mentioned it as a possibility after the O'Reilly trade in July.
So it's worst in person, huh?
Well, one thing's for sure: Johnson didn't earn himself less playing time by his performance Tuesday night. Sure, he could steal starts if he continues to play well, just like Carter Hutton did last season.
You make a lot of sense. Even though we're early in the season, why wouldn't Coach Q sit back and see what develops instead of potentially taking the first thing out there. If there's a change here, I do think Berube as an interim might make more sense.
Yeah, I've frequently wondered about the team speed issue myself. Among the new hires that Armstrong made in the offseason, Maroon, Bozak and O'Reilly are not known as fast skaters. Yet they have games like Toronto and the first two periods of the OT loss in Winnipeg where speed doesn't seem to be an issue at all. And you're right about the factor of speed in terms of decision-making. I'm not sure this is getting any better. It plays into their troubles getting the puck out of their own end. And some of the positioning and passing miscues that have led to some goals.
I thought Yeo has exhibited some of these "symptoms," moreso after the Columbus loss than even the Minnesota loss. But he seems to bounce back after victories, and the team is 3-1 in its last four. I've got to say, even with all my time in sportswriting as a beat writer, I'm uncomfortable talking/writing about such things. Yeo after all is still on the job. I respect him as a person and a coach. But when a team with high expectations underachieves, all of this is to be expected, and it's part of the job. I'll add, the timing of the Quennville firing couldn't have been worse for Yeo, given the current state of the Blues.
I, too, was a little surprised to see Gunnarsson on the top pairing with Pietrangelo. But Gunnarsson is nothing if not steady and reliable defensively. There's a little more risk/reward factor I think with say, a VInce Dunn. Schmaltz is still sort of figuring it out, so maybe that's why Edmundson _ who I think has been hands-down the team's best D-man so far this season _ was paired with Schmaltz. Petro's the first to admit he can play better. And I think he has been better lately. There's also the left-right thing.
Well, I didn't have much time to prepare. The switch in beats came only about three weeks before Blues camp. So I asked a lot of questions. People like Tom Timmermann, Jeremy Rutherford and Lou Korac have been invaluable. Made the NHL Network my "wallpaper" when I worked at home (with the sound low while I worked). Bought "Coaching Hockey for Dummies" ("Hockey for Dummies" no longer is in publication.) And just jumped in the deep water.
Sure looks that way, at least it does 13 games into the season.
Yeah, this seems like a case where the overall team is less than the sum of its parts. I don't know what's going through Armstrong's head, but there's no doubt this is a key month for Yeo, irregardless of the Quennville situation.
I think that's definitely a factor. Unlike the NFL, owning an NHL team isn't a license to print money. That's particularly true for an NHL team that didn't make the playoffs last year (and thus didn't reap the benefits of those extra home games). And he'd still have to pay off Yeo.
Yeah, I saw that score. But the Sharks also lost to the Hurricanes earlier this season, so the comparative score thing can work both ways. But I do wonder what two loses, which would make it a 3-4 homestand, would do to Yeo's future.
OK, that looks like that's it for this week. Talk to you all next Wednesday. . . .