Bernie is no longer the St. Louis voter. To my knowledge, and I may not have all the details on this, but the selection committee doesn't like any of the potential committee members in the Los Angeles area to be Rams voters. (The LA Times does not allow it's writers to vote on such honors.) So I think Howard Balzer, who already was on the committee as an at-large rep, has represented St. Louis the past couple of years. If asked, I'd be glad to speak on Bruce's behalf before the committee. I am highly agitated that Bruce isn't in the Hall _ and didn't even make the final 10 last year. I think the selection committee has a real blind spot when it comes to Bruce. I'm not sure why.
I know Armstrong likes Berube. I know he likes Berube's approach and coaching style. I don't know if Armstrong is ready to take away the interim. Personally, I feel there's no reason to make a decision just yet.
No hockey players. They were all pretty good high school athletes, but their sports were baseball (oldest son), wrestling and soccer (middle son), football (youngest). The youngest did play some floor hockey, but that was it.
I think Dunn has done noticeably better on that front down the stretch although not necessarily against Vegas _ which came right at him. I think Gunnarsson's the odd man out if Edmundson returns. But until then, you could see Gunnarsson on the first pairing with Pietrangelo and Dunn going back to third pairing, once Gunnarasson gets his legs under him. (I think Berube likes Gunnarsson w/Pietrangelo.)
I agree with you. Give Allen a home game before the playoffs and Philly would seem to be the best spot. Just in case something happens with Binnington, get Allen back in the surroundings of Enterprise. He hasn't played there since Jan. 8,. I repeat, Jan. 8. That'll be three months once the playoffs start.
There's something about Dallas. As I mentioned earlier. . . .3-1 vs. Blues (and 2 of those wins were against Binnington). They're one of the league's stingiest teams defensively. So strangely, I guess I'll say I'd rather see Winnipeg. Plus, the Jets haven't seen Binnington yet.
Definitely O'Reilly. He has been there from start to finish. Good times and bad. Everyone who joins his line seems to play better. Good with the younger players. Plays defense and kills penalties. Obviously, Binnington and Berube both deserve a ton of credit as well.
The way the Blues have played in the new year, I think they're still a little underrated on the national scale. I'd have them around 8, 9, 10.
So Chiarelli was that bad, huh?
Can't say that I know. And this trend transcends Armstrong, doesn't it? It's not really all that unusual though, is it, in the NHL?
Hah. Except for the highlights, I don't get to hear them. But man, Florida had kind of wild man. Don't know his name though.
My ouija board says . . . . .Blues.
I'm sure there's some analytics on this. But I'll say, as someone still relatively new to the game, in no particularly order, you need to factor in blocks, hits, giveaways, takeaways, plus-minus, and simply the eye test. Unlike football (where for example line play can be tough to evaluate) it's all there in front of you in hockey. Although it's moving very fast while it's all there in front of you.
That's a tough, tough one. Up until this latest stretch of play on the fourth line _ and the fourth line revival _ I would have told you buyout. Now I'm not sure. I'm not totally up on the buyout rules, but for a player of Steen's age, I believe it's 2/3rds of the value of the remaining years of a his contract, but for cap purposes can be spread out over twice the remaining years of the contract. Steen's cap hit is $5.75 million annually over two more years. So a buyout would not be cheap.
Some come from team notes. Some come from NHL public relations. And there's also a way to do it on the nhl.com site.
I'm definitely in the pro-Dunn camp, especially when you throw in his offensive capabilities. And I do think he's getting better defensively. Keep in mind, too, he's only 23.
OK. I'll take your word for it.
Any more questions today? Don't be shy.
As we pause for any more questions, I must say that on a personal level I haven't covered a "hometown" team in the playoffs since the 2004 Rams beat Seattle in a wild-card game. (They were the first 8-8 team in NFL history to win a playoff game, although Minnesota subsequently did it the same weekend.) As the youth say, it's been a minute. So I'm really looking forward to playoff hockey in St. Louis.
I believe it's an Armstrong thing.