Wow. I wish we could cheer you up. I think the energy level and work rate has been good to very good lately. But they seem to get deflated too easily when something goes wrong at home.
Maybe they should quit having blues bands play before and during home games. I know they're the Blues, but. . . .(Actually, Perron also had a hat trick, way back in Game 3 against Calgary.)
No, my understanding is that in hockey the team picks up the remainder of the contract. But since Maroon is making a modest $1.75 million this season and the season's halfway gone, the team claiming Maroon on waivers under your scenario would owe Maroon only half of $1.75 million _ or $875K.
I'd like to see Thomas get consistent time on the power play. He needs to look for his shot more, and be a little stronger on the puck. But yeah, I agree with you on Thomas.
Was the affiliation issue to a large degree over Armstrong's head? Didn't the Blues want it to be KC and relatively late in the game, KC bailed.
Well, I know enough that it's unusual for the same team to have two scouts at one game. And that's happened twice now in a short period of time.
Yes, very much looking forward to the all-star game. No, not doing any brainstorming as of yet. Being a beat writer is pretty much a day-to-day proposition.
Or failing that, I used to look for a guillotine in the parking lot most Mondays at Rams Park.
I don't know if I'd go quite that far. Pietrangelo is still logging big minutes. But does make you wonder.
I don't know, maybe it was because the Blues felt it was time to give Binnington a shot, since he's played so well in the AHL for the last year-plus.
An interesting counterpoint here. . . .
Nothing like adversity _ and a couple soft goals _ to bring out the questioners. Even with the late start, we're more than 3 hours in and I have 30 questions I haven't been able to get to. So I appreciate the interest. I'm still learning from you guys (and gals). But I've got some writing to do, so I have to call it a chat. Since I'm on the road all next week, I believe the estimable Tom Timmermann steps in for some grief counseling next week. Regards, and thanks for playing. . . .