OK sorry, I've managed to mix up the order on these questions. This answer goes to the question about biggest changes under Berube.
Here's the answer to question about outdoor game. I think next up for the Blues will be hosting the all-star game. So I'd say no on another outdoor game any time soon.
And the answer about the Seattle nickname/mascot. I like the Seattle Totems (if that's deemed politically correct). It was the nickname of Seattle's Pacific Coast League team for many years. The Bluebacks (a kind of Salmon), the Cascades (Rainiers is taken by Tacoma AAA baseball team). You could have a tall skinny mascot for Totems. A walking fish, maybe on a hook or a plate for Bluebacks, and someone dressed liked a snowcapped mountain for Cascades.
Boy Tony could sure bring it. And yeah, it's been nearly 20 years.
Obviously, I wasn't around to see him regularly until last season, but I don't think he's played badly at all this season. Yeah, he had a couple of glaring, costly turnovers _ like the Montreal game _ but he's a team-high plus-6. Seems to be one of the only defensemen (other than Dunn) willing to skate out of the zone with any degree of regularity. And he did win a game in dramatic fashion in Colorado. And yes, I'd like to see him be even more physical.
I'm sure there will be changes unless something radically changes. I don't think we're looking at a total tear down though.
Well if you could tell me the Blues team that played against Vegas (twice), in Toronto, at home against San Jose or last Friday in Colorado _ well, yeah _ I'd say put them in a Winter Classic type game. But what if the Blues vs. Arizona crew should up instead?
I think he'd draw some sincere interest. And just me, I wouldn't be against it if the return was right.
Yeah, at least a little undersized. But Schwartz is one of the smallest guys on the team, and he doesn't seem to have any problems with that.
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Can't see it now that the league is at 32.
I think he was under consideration for this call-up. Apparently he's playing a pretty physical style and has scored a bit. He's still only 19, I think the Blues want him to get even more experience in the AHL. But I'm sure he's on their radar for future call-up.
Obviously, it's been an issue. Allen has been on a good run lately. And I actually felt sorry for Johnson the other night. He was like a target in a video game. Sure maybe he could've stopped a couple of pucks, but he was totally hung out to dry by his defense _ and I men forward and D-men. Cujo's in town by the way. I think he's signing books Thursday at Barnes & Noble in St. Peters at 6:30 p.m.
I could see myself doing a story here and there, but I'm a hockey guy now _ and enjoying it.
I would guess there was a favorable reaction around the league. No matter how tough you think you are, there's always a bigger bully on the block somewhere.
I don't know about all that. Even Armstrong said Monday he didn't think it was overly-blatant.
It certainly is right now. And I couldn't agree more. Time for the youngsters to show what they can do. Against Arizona, in Sammy Blais, Zach Sanford, Robby Fabbri (before injury), Robert Thomas, Vince Dunn, Jordan Schmaltz, Ivan Barbabshev, Oskar Sundqvist _ the Blues had 8 players who were between the ages of 19 and 24 _ or maybe Schmaltz turned 25 earlier this season. That group of 8 had between 20 games and 138 games of NHL experience. It's show-time for them.
Could be a good fit on the fourth line, and he's certainly not afraid to mix it up physically.
I know I'm still relative new to all this, but the consistency in terms of officiating in the NHL befuddles me. (And this, yes, coming from a guy who's seen the many ways the NFL does _ and doesn't _ enforce pass interference/defensive holding _ for more than a quarter of a century. I thought Johnson led with his elbow.