Sorry for tor the delay. Chad Johnson's in Anaheim. Jordan Kyrou scores a goal, gets sent down to San Antonio. If you're wondering about Drew Robinson, you're in the wrong chat. Let's talk.
Thanks for the kind words. Even though they've been a big disappointment, most of these Blues games have been very entertaining. Last night was no exception. As for Allen, I didn't really notice what you saw. Some times watching at homme on TV is the best seat in the house _ if that's where you were. And no, it was not a topic of conversation, either in the press box or at the Chief Berube confab.
Even before he got the two assists, you could see Schwartz's impact on the ice. At his best, he's a pest, he's relentless, he does the dirty work, and he's skilled. I'm sure Perron was glad to see him back on the ice. Last add: Schwartz is a really small athlete. The fact that he doesn't play that way maybe leads to some of the injuries. He's probably my favorite Blues player to watch in games.
I hear you. Either live, or watching many replays, it was hard to say how that one got in. Looked like Allen was fooled on that one, surprised. Didn't ask Berube. He was later than usual coming out to the podium, and for those on deadline, it was kind of get the basics and get upstairs to write.
I'm with you. If you're going to have the youngsters on the roster, put them in the lineup. So I didn't really have a problem with sending Kyrou back to San Antonio if he was only going to play every other game in St. Louis. Also, I don't think the Blues are worried about draft pick position in June. They're still trying to right the ship.
Yes, but it would take a couple of good runs. You know, win four out of five, then come back a few games later and win eight of 11. Something like that. They still have games in hand with everyone in the Western Conference except for Arizona. But realistically, the Blues _ as you know _ have shown absolutely no ability to gain any traction. They've won two games in a row on two occasions. That's it. As Mike Bush used to say. . .End highlight reel.
I accept full responsibility. But I also deserve all the credit for the Greatest Show on Turf and two Super Bowls.
He went through a few games recently where he struggled to get going and had a couple of defensive levels. But I agree _ he's looked pretty good these last couple of games.
Oh, no doubt. The Blues are playing for a wild card at this point _ plain and simple.
OK, I'll give Armey some of the credit.
You've got to play the young kids sometime. Binnington has plenty of AHL seasoning, why not see what he's got as Allen's backup? And you've still got Husso and Fitzpatrick in the organizational pipeline. I don't see the Binnington callup as a signal of the Blues being at wits end with Allen. Although that could come later.
Gunnarsson has skated only sporadically with the team in a practice setting. I think it's a wrist injury, but not certain. In any event, he's been out for so long now, it might take a week or two of practice time before he's ready.
I agree with Jeff Gordon on this one. Armstrong has one head-coaching hire left. If he doesn't get this one right. . . . .Also, the offseason moves that had everyone excited in July are a mixed bag right now. O'Reilly has been very good; Perron has been good. But Chad Johnson is gone, Maroon has struggled, Bozak doesn't have a point in his last 12 games.
Can you be a little more specific? By the way, I loved you in The Natural. How tempted were you to take the money?
I'm somewhere in between on this one. I don't think it was something to be laughed off. You know _ ha, ha, ha _ that's hockey. I heard Sanford was cut because of the fight. What if he or Bortuzzi had been seriously injured? And it's truly a disturbing indicator of the team's frustration and state of mind. On the other hand, it's not the first time in a practice setting of a professional sports team that I've seen tempers flare. These players are competitive and for the most part they care deeply about what they're doing or they wouldn't have reached this level.
I'm in the information business, so I'm just trying to get answers. There's a way to do that with a modicum of respect and without becoming "Mr. Hot Take." A lot of the "Hot Take" artists in this town are the ones that are never at Enterprise or the Mills asking questions. As for dumping problem players, you can't send the veterans to the minors unless they clear waivers. And if Chad Johnson gets claimed, it's all but certain that players higher up on the food chain will get claimed as well, and then you get nothing in return for them.
In my relatively short time covering the team, I've found Steen to be passionate, proud, moody. I've heard a couple of gossipy type things about him, but nothing firm enough that I would want to share. Gossip is cheap. I thought it interesting, however, that Schenn did what surely seemed to be some sniping in Steen's direction when answering questions about the 6-1 loss to Vancouver.
Agree 100 percent with your opinion on Kyrou. But as for Steen, I think he's been pretty effective so far this year.
Yeah, I'm slowly kind of leaning your way. For the first time, I'm wondering if maybe the leadership group needs to be changed.
I don't think it's anything that the players would necessarily verbalize with the media, but how can it not be a least something of an issue. As you referenced, Schenn was on the top power play unit all last season. This season, he's been on the second unit most of the time. You've had veterans benched for a game or more _ Perron, Maroon, Bouwmeester, and I'll throw Dunn in there as well even though he's younger player. And certainly that doesn't sit well with the players. Also, you've got younger players coming in _ Thomas, Sanford, and at times Kyrou _ and stealing some minutes from the vets. I wrote before the start of the regular season about the importance of developing team chemistry, and how it might take a while. I sure didn't think it would take this long.