I didn't know anything about a polar vortex, but it is cold.
Hard to argue with what you're saying. Logical, concise. And you make a good point as far as picking up a first-rounder this year.
Yes, I think the minimum requirement to retain Berube is that the Blues make the playoffs. And if they kind of stumble in, then it's still debatable. Even though the team has played better lately, Berube's overall record as head coach is only 15-13-2, hardly the kind of performance that calls for a parade _ or a new contract.
I assume you mean "outside" of Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota. That leaves the four playoff contenders in the Pacific _ Vancouver, Anaheim, Arizona, Edmonton. The Blues have played one fewer game as we sit here than Arizona and Edmonton, and two fewer than Anaheim and Vancouver. The Blues have two games left with Arizona (one home, one away) and one game apiece left w/Anaheim (away), Edmonton (home) and Vancouver (home). I see the Blues catching Anaheim and Edmonton (technically, they're ahead of the Oilers now). Not so sure about Vancouver and Arizona, both young, fast teams that are a combined 3-0 against the Blues this season.
Again, I don't think Armstrong wants to blow it up and go young. That approach means it's probably going to take more time. And I don't think Amrstrong wants to go down that path.
Could be. Trading under-performing players obviously isn't a blueprint to getting maximum value in return.
You know, one of my favorite sports book is "Bootlegger's Boy" the Barry Switzer story. If you're into college football give it a try.
It has nothing to do with the draft pick compensation that was part of that trade.
Perhaps. But O'Reilly was performing well in Buffalo and got traded. Maybe it would be better if some of these Blues were just slightly under-performing instead of all being between 12 and 20 points off their 2017-18 production at this point in the season.
Well, St. Louis certainly didn't help itself throughout the process. Had St. Louis gotten the expansion Stallions we would've never been in this mess. The problem was, in part, that by the time the never-ending expansion process wound down in the early '90s, Jerry Clinton no longer had enough money to pay the expansion fee and run a team because the price tag kept getting higher as the years rolled by. He brought in money many James Busch Orthwein but Orthwein _ and I think rightfully so _ said if he was going to pay for the team, he wanted the final say in decision-making. This led to the stadium lease squabble and the ultimate demise of the St. Louis expansion bid. You may recall, Kroenke was brought in very late to be the money man in the expansion bid. As for the first-tier provisions in the Rams stadium lease, yeah it seems like a pretty stupid provision nearly 25 years later. But you have to understand how desperate St. Louis was to get a football team at the time. They had a $300 million stadium that was already under construction when the expansion bid collapsed. So St. Louis was on the verge of having the world's most expensive venue for tractor pulls. Personally, I would have never agreed to a "first-tier" provision of eight stadiums. I would have made it a "top-half" provision, in which the stadium would have to be held to the same standards as the top 16 _ or top half of the stadiums in the NFL. (And maybe that too would have proven too expensive.) And lastly, I think the powers to be in St. Louis totally underestimated the possibility of Kroenke building the stadium with his own money. (I know I did.) Even so, St. Louis came up with a plan that would have provided several hundred of millions of dollars of public money to Kroenke and a pretty good stadium plan. The relocation guidelines stated clearly that NFL owners weren't allowed to move simply to enrich themselves. As we later learned, the relocation guidelines turned out to be rubbish once Jerry Jones got to the other owners behind closed doors the day of the relocation vote. Also, in terms of the first-tier provisions, no one anticipated the onslaught of new stadium construction after the St. Louis stadium was built, not even Rams president John Shaw.
He is the definition of someone that is pressing. Squeezing the stick too tightly as hockey players say. It's clear that he's lost confidence in his shot. A couple of other things. 1.) Like Schenn, he's not getting as much power play time as he did a year ago. 2.) Since his latest injury _ the puck to the hand that cost him 11 games from mid November to early December _ I haven't seen him go to the net much, which always seemed to be a big part of his game despite his smaller stature..
Basically half of the forward line was replaced after last season. You changed head coaches this season in November. Those are pretty significant changes. I don't think making massive changes just to make changes is necessarily the answer. If you made the right two or three moves, either at the trade deadline or during the offseason, wouldn't that be enough? Or do you think it's that hopeless?
There were a couple of games in late December and early January where there were about a dozen teams scouting the Blues at Enterprise Center. On a couple of occasions, a team had two members of its scouting/personnel department there which always catches your eye. As I recall, Montreal was one of those teams with multiple representatives. The teams and the names are easy enough to spot _ they're on the seating chart posted in the press box.. But I should caution, just because they're on the seating chart doesn't always mean they actually showed up. for the game.
No trade necessary. Quenneville's the coaching equivalent of a free agent.
True, this is still an underachieving team. And one of the only reasons the Blues are still in contention is the fact that the Western Conference is weaker this season. It took 95 points to make the postseason in the West last season; 90 points might get you in this season. Then again, I believe Nashville made the Cup finals a couple of years ago as a 7 or 8 seed. I think the LA Kings won a couple of Cups as a 7 or 8 seed. In football a 9-7 Giants team beat New England in the Super Bowl. In 2006, the Cardinals stumbled in with an 83-78 record and beat the Tigers in the World Series. So there's a lot to be said for just getting in the tournament.
Maybe you're right on the offers not materializing. But I don't necessarily think he's changing his tune.
Tarasenko has come on lately. I'd be surprised if he was traded. I kind of feel the same about Pietrangelo. I think Bouwmeester and quite possibly Gunnarsson won't be back next year, so you're not going to be as deep on defense as you think.