I believe I answered this earlier, and the short answer is: The Blues have given no indication that they're capable of going on such a run.
Couple things here. Allen's $4.35 million isn't that much for a regular goalie. He did get out from under the Lehtera, Berglund deals, so you have to give him credit for that. But, I too, wonder about paying Bozak $5 million a year (although it's just for 3 years). As for Steen, it's always tough to pay veterans via long-term contracts when they're on the downside of their careers. It got the Rams in trouble in terms of salary cap issues when it came to players such as Faulk, Warner and Bruce.
I'm not saying that there may not be issues, but I don't think this is a Blues team that is "OK" with losing, or a toxic locker room. The sooner you bring them up, the sooner they can adjust to the NHL.
I thought it was early to mid June. In any event, Berglund scored more than half of his season goal total over the last 3 1/2 weeks of the season, which might be an indicator that he wasn't quite right for his first three months back.
Personally, I like the NHL system better than the NFL system. Giving the worst teams higher draft picks is good for competitive balance. But the fact that you're not guaranteed the No. 1 overall pick makes you think twice about just tanking it.
I'm sure Armstrong is doing just what you suggest: Seriously studying the market on him.
My impression is that Armstrong currently has basically full say on personnel. Would he be willing to give that up _ or at least some of it _ to Quenneville? That would be my biggest concern at this point, more so than Q's contract demands (which I'm sure would be high).
Could be wrong, but my impression is that Fabbri is on the fourth line only until he gets his legs back after missing so much time. Fabbri is a top 9 guy. He does have a feisty, pesky, even physical style. Not unlike Schwartz, maybe he plays bigger than he should, which has lead to some injuries. In any event, if it were up to me I'd move Steen to the third line. He hasn't played very well since he came back from the concussion, but there's no reason to think he can't get back to at least the level he was playing pre-concussion. I would move Maroon to the fourth line, while still having him play on the power play. After all that, I guess that puts Fabbri on the second line with O'Reilly and Perron. One last thought on Steen, I wondered whether Steen might get benched for a game after those two silly penalties against Pittsburgh (as was the case w/Perron earlier in season). But didn't happen.
Hasn't been asked. I don't know the answer. I don't know if the Blues get a share of ticket revenue, concessions, parking, advertising for the game. I would think, however, that one game worth of added revenue _ or partial added revenue _ wouldn't do much for the bottom line.
I think it's great for St. Louis, being the center of the hockey world for one weekend. Probably similar to a lot of fans, I like the skills contests better than the game itself.
Yeah, it does make you think. I think especially in the case of Benn, who's a couple, three years older than Seguin, he's going to be well on his downside while raking in nearly $10 million per year.
Trust me, there's nothing wrong with skill and speed. But I do think hockey is one game where intangibles (like doing the dirty work as you mention) can be more important than other sports. I agree that there are some nights when the Blues indeed seem less interested in winning puck battles, forechecking, establishing a net-front, but I don't think that's been the case in most of the recent games. Even in the losses to Pittsburgh and the NY Rangers, they played with good energy level.
You know I wondered about this, only because the team seems to have a blues band playing before home games. Now, there's nothing wrong with the blues as a music genre, but it's not always the most uplifting thing to hear before a game. (OK, I'm half-kidding here.)
I love my wife. I don't love Pietrangelo. He's been back for two games. Not a big sample size.
A rare dissenting vote here on Coach Q. Yes, in general, good players make good coaches. But don't you think Quenneville has a pretty good resume' over the years?
You don't have to worry about asking more questions. I'm not in the habit at looking at the name of the questioner, so I don't keep track of that. Should I? And I think there's some truth to what you're saying about Bozak looking like the best alternative. In fact, I don't think they would have held an afternoon press conference to announce the Bozak, Perron, Johnson signings on July 1 if they thought something was imminent on O'Reilly. We also have to keep in mind that there was some talk over the summer about top-end players not wanting to be in St. Louis (Tavares, Panarin, Kovalchuk), so maybe Armstrong felt he had to overpay to get somebody here to help at center.
Given the current group of Blues, I think that's the way they have to play. Dump and chase, win puck battles, forecheck like fiends, etc. I had someone in the organization tell me this is more a Hitchcock-style team (along those lines) than the Blues actually had under Hitchcock. But it seems clear the league is going the way you describe it _ speed, puck possession, skill.
I requested to talk to Stillman at the end of last year and was turned down. Ben Hochman of our staff requested to talk to him earlier this season and was turned down. (Although Ben did interview him after all the personnel moves during the offseason.)
I don't know. Bobrovsky hasn't exactly been killing it this year. But I do agree that this is a key year for Allen.
Jordan Kyrou, by the way, has been named the AHL rookie of the month for December for San Antonio, where he has an 11-game point streak.