Don't get me wrong. The Rams' championship was huge, because of the overalll orphan status of pro football in this town, the fact that St. Louis hadn't even hosted an NFL playoff game until '99, and the worst-to-first rise. But I agree. Fifty years without a Cup? I think this town would go unhinged with a hockey championship.
Oh, I think it would have to be Rask because of his overall experience.
All I can say is we'll find out on May 27. (I can't believe I'm writing that _ May 27.) The Blues will be playing hockey in June for the first time in franchise history.
I was finishing up my sophomore year at Southwest High in St. Louis the last time this happened. To answer your question, this is completely improbable. As a beat writer, you're totally in the day-to-day mode. In hockey, you go game-to-game, series-to-series, and now you look up and the Blues are in the Cup finals. As for Binnington as MVP, you certainly can make that case. After I got home from the rink last night I watched a little bit of the game on tape and the postgame as well. I thought it was interesting that Ryan O"Reilly _ who I feel should be the Blues' unofficial regular-season MVP _ pointed to Binnington moving into the lineup as maybe THE top factor in the team's resurgence.
I haven't seen Rask much. So I'd have to go with Bishop. Maybe three or four games into this series, I'll give you a different answer.
Can't argue with you there.
I'm sure this is one moment where the Cardinals don't mind somebody else being the center of attention. But they'll snap out of it. They almost always do.
I believe Jeff Gordon has written about this. What a great story!
Well, that settles it. Thanks.
Unaware of any. But we'll try to pass it along if that changes. Were you at the first one? Looked like a great time.
There sure seemed to be a lot in the house Tuesday. Then again, the Blues have a strong alumni base that live in St. Louis.
Thanks for the kind words. Sometimes it seems like I've been at the Post-Dispatch for four lifetimes. Sometimes it seems like 10 minutes because the time has gone by so fast. I've covered a lot of memorable games and big sports stories. And some of the most memorable ones actually were when I was covering high school sports for four years. I would rate last night right up there with any of the Rams crowds. But the loudest crowd I've heard probably was the first 10 minutes of the Minnesota playoff game at the dome in 1999, with the fans waving those yellow foam rubber noodles at the first home playoff game in St. Louis football history.
Yeah, it looked like a lot of fun.
Was he doing the postgame show?
I won't pretend to know what's going in Armstrong's head on all this. But with Bortuzzo and Bouwmeester both re-upped and given Gunnarsson's injury history. You could very well be right. Steen has two years left on his contract at $5.75 million. The buyout would be 2/3rds of the remaining value of the contract _ you can do the math, but it wouldn't be cheap; it would be about $7 million. But it could be spread out over four years. Maroon is a tough call. Would he stay here for less money? Or would better offers elsewhere be tempting?
I've heard there may be a mini-ballpark village complex in the works around the MLS stadium. There isn't really any room around Enterprise for anything like that.
I think I'd say: 1.) Lou Lamioriello (NY Islanders); 2.) Don Waddell (Carolina) 3.) Doug Armstrong (Blues).
I love the older venues. Used to love going to Candlestick Park for 49ers games and Lambeau Field (pre-renovation). I remember going to old Comiskey as a spectator for a White Sox game. What a delight that place was.
You know, I did a quick search right now and I can't find anything. Maybe he didn't write anything on it. Sorry.
An epic failure? Were the Bruins' fans really that optimistic at the start of the season?