Hello again everybody. Blues playing Hitch tonight. Kyrou back in the lineup. And yes, the XFL is coming to St. Louis. What's on your mind today?
Actually, Thompson's with Buffalo now as part of the Ryan O'Reilly trade, but you make a good point. I've wondered the same thing. Thomas certainly has shown some flashes, But I sure thought we'd see more from Blais offensively _ even though his overall play hasn't been bad and factoring in that he usually doesn't see a lot of minutes. But I do know this. With all the injuries up front, Thomas and Kyrou should get a lot more ice time for the next few weeks. Let's see what they do.
Sure it's possible, but they need to get going. A hot streak, or two. But I just don't see it happening for the simple reason that they've been unable to gain any traction and build off the few big wins that they've had this season. They've only put together even a two-game winning "streak" twice. I had some non-St. Louis media tell me that the Blues-Avalanche game was one of the best games they'd seen throughout the NHL this year. And then _ to channel Jeff Gordon _ they soil the bed against Arizona.
The fact the Seattle isn't joining the league until 2021-22 might not be want Quenneville wanted to hear. The guy is 60, he's got one good run left in him, and now he's got to wait 2-plus seasons to hit the ice. So maybe that works in the Blues favor. Also I think you make a good point on Armstrong. He has full control over personnel and basically all of hockey ops. I would think a guy with Q's resume' would want at least some control at this stage of his career.
A couple of thoughts. 1.) This team seems to have no mental resiliency, mental toughness. Witness their woeful record in one-goal games, the way they seem to sag after falling behind. 2.) In a league that's going more and more to speed and skill, the offseason moves made the Blues even more like a Hitchcock dump-and-chase team/forecheck team. Maroon, O'Reilly, Bozak all have skill but none are skaters. 3.) Although Allen is playing much better lately, maybe the Blues kept the wrong goalie. 4.) Team chemistry. I wrote about this in camp, that it might take a while to jell what with all the new faces. Not just getting to know each other on the ice, but also meshing egos. I sure didn't think it would take this long.
I'd keep Parayko. Might not get much back from Maroon since he's a rental. Perron's contract is reasonable enough (I think $4 million a year) that it wouldn't scare off other teams. As you know, Armstrong isn't the type to sit tight when things aren't going well.
No sure Tom read's this chat. But you never know. After all the offseason moves made by Armstrong I don't think you can say the Blues aren't doing anything to fix it. But I appreciate your sentiment. It is a big investment to attend basically any major-league sporting event lately.
I answered this exact question earlier.. Maybe I forgot to post the question. But please look below for answer. Thx.
Hard for me to say. I wasn't doing pucks in the final year (half-year) of Hitch. But from what I heard, it had gotten kind of stale. So there's no guarantee if he stayed that things would be rosy right now.
I hear you. Parayko has gotten more physical this year. He's actually led the team in hits three games this year, and shared the lead once. But yes, he could turn the aggressive play up a notch or too.
At the NHL Prospects tournament in Traverse City in Sept., Armstrong himself told me he thought the window was opening on this team to be a serious playoff contender. That's how confident this team was that things were looking up. And I agree with you that maybe this team isn't as skilled we _ and the Blues thought. When that's the case, intangibles become even more important. And this team seems totally lacking in intangibles at this point.
Bouwmeester ($5.4 million), Gunnarsson ($2.9 million), Johnson ($1.75 million), Maroon ($1.75 million), Bortuzzo ($1.15 million), Butler ($650K) and Nolan ($650K) all come off the books next season as unrestricted free agents. In addition, Edmundson ($3 million), Fabbri ($925K), Sandford ($875K), Barbashev ($741K), Sundqvist ($700K) and Blais ($673K) are scheduled to be restricted free agents.
Yes. Bettman said there are no plans for further expansion at this point. 32 is a number that works very well in terms of division alignment and schedule. I think it's relocation or bust for Houston, or any other city.
1.) Players 60%; 2.) Armstrong 25%; 3.) Coaching 15%
I don't want to see anybody got hurt. But I didn't mind seeing Wilson get a taste of his own medicine.
I think Butler realizes that he's viewed as just a short-term solution by the organization. I was surprised he got sent down after just those 2 games at the start of the season _ he played pretty well. But I think there is a chance he could stay for a while, since he's currently ahead of Schmaltz. But for the whole season, doubt it very much? Gunnarsson isn't that far away from returning from his upper-body injury. And maybe Petro does return around Christmas. And get ready to scream. . . . .but Bouwmeester is playing better lately.
1. Quenneville. 2. Quenneville, 3. Quenneville. He brings instant _ what's the word _ gravitas.
I didn't check on it myself, but I saw somewhere on social media that the league is not reviewing it. We'd certainly know by now if the NHL did review it. They don't mess around on those things.
On the current roster, I'd say it's Kyrou hands down. Off the top of my head, Thomas, Fabbri, Barbashev are pretty quick. (Barbashev is a little gimpy now, so don't judge him by what you've seen lately.)