He'll get more starts. And the more he plays well, the more starts he'll get. But if you're saying kick Allen to the curb after one impressive outing by Binnington, no, you don't do that.
So glad you brought this up. While everyone is fixated on Allen, many of the Blues core players are having down years. Way down. Besides Schwartz, Schenn and Tarasenko, you can also point to Pietrangelo. And beyond the core group, throw Maroon in there as well. That's way too many players to be having down years on one roster. Schwartz has been shooting like crazy lately. But Schenn certainly could shoot more. Tarasenko, too.
Good point. The Blues can't seem to multi-task. They fix one problem and another crops up. Early in the season, they were scoring lots of goals but couldn't stop anybody. Then they shored up the defense, now they have trouble scoring. The power play started out great, now it's in a deep funk. Obviously no team is perfect, but good teams seem to have most of these things going well at one time. At the end of the day, yes, great goaltending can be a big eraser _ make a lot of mistakes disappear. The Blues obviously haven't gotten great goaltending.
Bozak turns 33 in March and has a $5 million cap hit next year and in 1920-21. I don't see a great market there. The Nylander-Pietrangelo thing is intriguing. Would the Blues have to give up more than Petro because of the age difference and the fact that Petro has only one year left on his contract. Also, anybody out there have a feel for whether Montreal needs defensive help. They've had two scouts at Enterprise for two of the last three home games.
I'm wondering that as well. Does Doug Armstrong wait until the trade deadline? Does he wait until the all-star break/bye period? The standings are a tease right now, because despite all their trials and tribulations, the Blues remain a modest 7 points out of the last wild-card spot in the West and have games at hand with everyone. One hot streak _ say six out of eight _ would put the Blues back in it. Then again, are we all waiting _ Armstrong included _ for something that will never happen?
I think the Blues will be sellers. I guess going with Binnington and Husso would be really throwing in the towel. Husso's hurt at the moment and hasn't played well over the course of the season.
Interesting thought. Lots of road games coming up _ I believe it's 25 of 41 remaining games are on the road.
I think you're right. As I mentioned earlier, great goalie play can erase a lot of mistakes elsewhere. Great goalie play can help you "steal" a victory on some nights. Have the Blues stolen any games with Allen in goal this season? Maybe one or two.
Yeah, you still have a little time, but getting to that point.
Oh, I get that. Believe me, I get that.
I don't know. I think we all thought Yeo was a great hire at one point. (Largely pre-dating my time on the beat.) In the final analysis, I don't think the Blues (Yeo included) handled the high expectations entering this season very well.
Given the cap situation and all the other moves, I think the Blues had to go cheap (relatively) speaking) at backup goalie.
I think you're right. I've mentioned this on more than one occasion before _ on these chats (although not recently), and in stories (to a degree, although again not recently). When you're predictable, focused and in sync, you don't have to be the fastest-skating team. But the league certainly seems to be going towards speed (and skill) and I believe more speed would help.
Goalies, like QBs, are lightning rods.
You must have missed it. It's O'Reilly. If there was an all-star game for the most improved players, Sunny goes.
The Blues were coming off a back-to-back _ a back-to-back that started on the road. Almost all of their forwards logged heavy minutes because of injuries and Berube's decision to dress only 11 played into that. Dallas played on Saturday afternoon and was well-rested. But to me, the Blues didn't look tired. To me, and I could be wrong, it looked like they had their legs. They outshot Dallas 12-2 in the third. Saying all that, it was a big game. A very big game. A chance to make a statement. But no.
You know, when I came on this beat, I said I'd be slow to judge because I was new to hockey as a full-time job. So I mentioned last week that I'm probably the last guy on the bus on this one, but yeah, I think you need to do something to change the leadership corps. Because it's not working right now. Exactly what form that takes, I don't know. But something has to be changed.
I haven't really noticed this. But hockey is a fast game and there's a lot to take in. Has anyone else seen this?
If you're Armstrong, you have to factor in how much it will take to re-sign Schenn. Even though he's had a down year so far, I'm personally not ready to cut the cord on Schenn. I still regard him as an asset.
I couldn't help noticing last night over the course of the game, how hard Perron and Parayko were playing. They were all over the ice, and their determination jumped out to me. I think Berube has a lot of trust in Parayko. Granted, Pietrangelo was sidelined for 11 games, but Parayko has been the leading minutes guy for the Blues in 17 of the past 25 games. Now, people that know more about the game say Parayko has another level he can still get to, but I think he's played pretty well lately. I don't think I've asked Berube about his minutes, at least not lately.
Before my time. But as I mentioned earlier, there seem to be ex-Blues goalies playing well all across the league. Ben Bishop sure looked good last night. Carter Hutton in Buffalo. Who else am I missing.