If it were me, I'd have Bouwmeester on the second or third pairing and killing penalties and pair Edmundson with Pietrangelo on top unit.
No, I'd think Pietrangelo goes back to the No. 1 pairing. As for Mikkola, don't think that happens this year.
Interesting point. Yeah, I think you have to be very careful about trading 30-goal scorers, although I'm aware of the fact that Tarasenko is only on a pace for the high-20s this year.
I'll go on what I heard from Doug Armstrong in September at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. We were sitting on a bench in a lobby-type area between the complex's two rinks. Armstrong said he thought the window was opening on this team to make a legitimate run at the Stanley Cup. I think he was basing that on a number of factors including 1.) Returning talent on the team; 2.) Offseason additions both via trade and free agency; 3.) Incoming prospects, such as Thomas and Kyrou; 4.) Number of core players still in the prime of their careers, age-wise. Obviously, it hasn't worked out that way. Did Armstrong seriously misjudge this? Or are the elements still there to make this a contending club in the new future. I'm puzzled by _ aren't we all _ the overall defensive play of this club. I think this club needs more team speed. Not sure about the goaltending. Saying all this, I don't think this team needs an extended stay in the wilderness, although it sure looks lost at times this season.
Well, I know what a losing locker room looks and sounds like, that's for sure. And the opposite as well (at least during the Greatest Show). I think to a degree, at least, you can tell if the players are sincere in their remarks. I haven't yet seen a Blues playing swinging a golf club in the locker room as was the case with a Rams tight end years ago late in the season. That was a pretty good tell, that he was already thinking about the offseason. There are a lot of things that can carry over, that have absolutely nothing to do with strategy, tactics, and intricacies of the sport.
Well, it sure seems to be popping up on the Internet to a fair degree lately. I personally thought there was more talk on Parayko last offseason. But given the Blues' underachieving ways this season, it's understandable to hear his name _ and others _ mentioned. I don't know if there's any fire behind this smoke in terms of the Blues seriously contemplating moving him.
Don't know if you're asking me to rank them or what. But you've already fired the coach, so it has to be some combination of the players and the general manager. I'd put more of the blame on the players at this point, because there are a lot of them who are performing below what you might consider their career norm.
OK. And analytics obviously can provide a tool. But I think it's more complicated than that with these two player. I don't know if analytics can give a definitive answer into declining production after shoulder surgery _ especially in a case where there was a relatively quick rehab/return time. Again, Tarasenko just turned 27. I don't think you need a deep dive into analytics to tell you that someone shouldn't begin a noticeable decline at that age. As for Pietrangelo, how do you factor in being the father of triplets and how that might affect your life? Petro is 28. It's hard to fathom why his game would fall off so noticeably _ at least at the start of this year _ after being so consistent for years prior. Very puzzling.
Feb. 25, 3 p.m. Not all that far away.
Nope. I think they'll need to find about 10 more points and get into the 94-95 point range. The Blues are 5-3 over their past eight games. If they play at that pace over their final 48 games, they'll be at 92 points, or right on the cusp.
As to your last point, yeah, but the Blues seem to have way too many of those nights where they get waxed, particularly at home. I agree with you that the forwards should not be excluded from any discussion of defensive woes. But there seem to be too many instances where the Blues defense commits the costly turnover or is caught out of position, especially when you consider it's a defense that returned its top eight from a year ago (although injuries has prevented the group from being intact). But I view Parayko as an asset, one that you shouldn't part ways with easily.
I'd think a lot of teams would be interested in Schenn. Although he's not having the kind of year he had last year, I too, think it would be a mistake to deal him. Bozak's contract would make him difficult to deal ($5 million a year for each of the next two seasons). That's a lot of money for a third-line center. Don't think you're going to see Berglund back in a Blues uniform. Thanks for your thoughts. Appreciate the contribution.
No, as far as I can tell he didn't wear a letter. It was Chris Butler wearing the C, and Tyler Wotherspoon and Jordan Nolan wearing the A prior to the Butler and Nolan call-ups. Since their call-ups, Chris Thorburn has worn an A, and I've seen Trevor Smith with an A. But not Kostin.
I don't think anyone is saying you do nothing. I think the point is don't make moves just to make moves. As for Tarasenko, if you shorten that to the last three years, he's still second behind Ovechkin in goal-scoring, albeit a distant second. But obviously, if you keep Pietrangelo through his current contract, which has a cap hit of $6.5 million a year through the 2019-20 season, then you have a tough decision to make.
Merry Christmas to you. Merry Christmas to everyone. And a happy New Year!
By trophy advisors, do you mean former players? Stillman hasn't been giving interviews lately, so don't know when we can ask this. As for me, I would think the Blues would be glad to have someone around that chronicled one of the greatest NFL offenses of all times, a team that won a Super Bowl and played in two. I'll ask you this: Would you take two Stanley Cup appearances in three years and one Stanley Cup trophy right now _ this season. Plus three years of one of the greatest offenses in NHL history, if the price was 10 consecutive seasons at .500 or below.
Husso certainly was considered the better long-term prospect entering this season The thought was maybe a year of seasoning at San Antonio and he'd be ready for the Blues as a backup next season. But he struggled out of the gate this year in San Antonio, Binnington started getting more starts, and then got the call-up after the departure of Chad Johnson. If Husso continues to develop, and I think he's been playing better lately, I wouldn't be surprised to see him called up before the end of this season. Unless Binnington plays well up here.
Well, this is out of left field. So two 16-team conferences once Seattle joins the league? I think there's enough talent in each of the four divisions, and having a pair of wild-card teams come out of each conference helps reward a division that's stronger than the other.
You make some good points. Keep in mind, Gunnarsson also is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after this season. So if Bouwmeester and Gunnarsson are gone, you're already down two defensemen. Yes, you may be ready to slot in Mikkola next year, but don't know if Walman is there yet or not.
OK, we've gone a little more than three hours on the day after Christmas. Pretty good turnout. Not all of you must be returning gifts today! But if you have any more questions, speak now or hold your peace until next Wednesday. . . . .
OK, thanks for playing. We'll talk to you next week.