Thx. Learning curve steep. I think I've got a pretty good feel for the team here in Year 2. Wouldn't have felt comfortable doing a chat last year.
Yeah the re-evaluation after two weeks period ended last Thursday. He's still not skating, which means he's still at least a week or two away.
I think they're getting there. But as Chad Johnson told me the other day, it's always about the next game.
True. Thanks for clarifying. I may have mistakenly said "league" in my earlier post.
Barely saw him in the locker room during that time, which isn't all that unusual for players when they're not playing. As for practice, he's been on the ice early several times working on his game _ some days very early.
There are cap issues that factor into the equation, but if I've noticed one thing about Armstrong in m time on the beat, he's not shy about making moves.
Strictly, a guess. But I'd say yes. Why wouldn't he at least send him a "what-if" text?
Interesting point. I'll try to ask Sundqvist after this trip (which I'm not on).
It's hard for me to envision Schenn not playing with Schwartz at some point when he comes back _ and sooner rather than later. The interesting thing is what happens to Thomas when Schenn returns. Thomas currently is with Sanford and Perron. Does that change when Schenn returns? In part, as always, it depends on how Thomas does in these next couple games _ or whenever Schenn returns. I'm sure Schenn would prefer to play center, but he's played plenty of wing when he was with Philadelphia.
I don't know about story ideas. But at this point, I'd say I learn almost as much from these chats as the readers do. They are an interesting exercise, even if many of you are certifiably bonkers.
Yes, I'm making the trip. Absolutely love those western Canada trips. My schedule on those road trips are very tight but would love to meet you. As we get closer to that trip, which I believe is the week before Christmas, email me some contact info to: email@example.com.
It will be a tough call because Schmaltz will have to clear waivers. They could send a forward down and go with 8 D and 13 F, with the most likely candidate being Soshnikov. But he'd also have to clear waivers.
Nope. Goals don't grow on trees. Whatever you think of Tarasenko, only Ovechkin has more goals than him in the entire NHL over the past 3-4 yeyars.
As is frequently the case, it depends on the performances in the games. If the Blues win and Bouwmeester plays well, Schmaltz continues to sit. If the opposite happens, Schmaltz back in the lineup.
What makes you think Q is dying to come back here?
Well, Perron has been with Thomas for a few games but I think this is the first game that Sanford is on a line with him. I'm going off memory because inexplicably I left my book with line info at home today. (I'm coming at you live from Post-Dispatch headquarters at Tucker and ML King for this chat.)