There doesn't figure to be massive turnover among the Blues, if that's what you're talking about. Maroon and Gunnarsson are the only unrestricted free agents of note. There are other decisions that need to be made in terms of say, keeping Allen (or not), a buyout for Steen (or not), do you re-sign Pietrangelo and/or Schenn (or not) who both will be entering their walk years next season? There are several Blues scheduled for restricted free agency: Binnington, Barbashev, Blais, Sundqvist, Sanford, Fabbri, Edmundson. But yeah, if nothing else I would think the Blues would be considered one of the Western Conference favorites.
The Blues obviously have made just that decision. Berube said today that the Krug hit had nothing to do with Thomas being out of the lineup tonight. I mentioned this on Twitter earlier today and I'll repeat it here: I was told a while back that a wrist problem has been bothering Thomas lately and was the reason why he hasn't practiced with the team for a couple of weeks. I agree with your point that Thomas hasn't looked as effective lately, although I don't think he's played poorly.
There you have it, a vote or Barry Blues fan.
No, I haven't heard anything about this from the powers to be. But I think your basic premise is correct. The TV dollars aren't nearly as great in the NHL as say the NFL, so franchises are more dependent on gate receipts. And having as you say, a minimum of 12 extra dates at Enterprise Center certainly has to help the bottom line.
Not as due as a franchise that's waited 49 years.
I'm not up to speed on all the ins-and-outs of the Tuukka Rask relationship with the fans of Boston, but I get the impression it is indeed a love-hate thing. Obviously it's all love these days.
Funny, just a couple hours after Gary Bettman proclaimed the NHL has the best referees in the world, there were some strange calls and non-calls in Game 1. The consensus I got from the North American hockey media was it should have been a charging penalty. It was clear that after that bizarre Perron-Krug scrum, Krug was just looking to hit somebody. And he skated nearly 200 foot down the ice to do just that. The Blais interference call with Coyle, watching the play in real time it was a tossup to me as to who was interfering with who. To me that's a non-call. The Sundqvist cross-checking call on Clifton looked like a love tap compared to most _ pretty good sell job by Clifton. I think in general, and not exclusive to hockey, game officials are influenced by the crowd at least to a degree. So be it. Just as with the "Hand Pass" game, the Blues can't get caught up in any of that. When Perron was talking about the Blues losing their composure a little bit in Game 1, he might have been talking about how they reacted to some of those penalties.
As I mentioned earlier, the extra gate receipts from the extra home games is very helpful to the Blues.
Allen seems to be holding up very well. I talked to him the other day and am hoping to write a story on just that topic sometime between Game 2 here tonight and Game 3 Saturday in St. Louis.
Not everyone agrees with you.
The legendary Helene Elliott of the LA Times, who has covered about 30 Stanley Cup finals, says media attendance has dwindled over the years. She's sitting a couple of feet away in the media room here at TD Garden. But newspapers from Buffalo, Washington, LA, Toronto, Ottawa and New York are all here. Great hockey towns like Chicago, Detroit, Philly are not (although I wouldn't be surprised to see Chicago at Enterprise Center for the games in St. Louis.) As expected, NHL.com has a good contingent here; so does the Athletic. USA Today is in the house. Sports Illustrated. Not knowing what to expect, I've been impressed by the number of media here and their passion and knowledge of the game. Obviously nothing like a Super Bowl media contingent. It's been so long since I was involved in the World Series (I covered a few games for the P-D as a sidebar guy in the '80s--my main beat then was Mizzou), but I would think the World Series crowd was larger. Even so, there will be a lot of hotel rooms booked and restaurants packed in St. Louis for Games 3 and 4. And that's obviously a good thing.
Agreed. Not a good night for Edmundson. But I don't really know where I'd rank him without looking at the game again. Also, don't you think he could've defended that game-winning goal better?
The CBA provides for a pool of $16 million for all playoff participants this year. Of that, I believe more than $4 million will got to the Stanley Cup champions this year. And I think about $3 million goes to the Cup runners-up. How that gets split up individually I'm not sure.
You are basically correct. The old Garden was nine feet shorter and two feet narrower than the NHL standard 200 ft by 85 ft. Hence the term, playing a "200-foot game, etc."
You're forgiven. But those Game 1 TV ratings were monstrous in the StL _ I believe it was a 29 rating and 44 share. (Which is getting in the neighborhood of St. Louis Rams Super Bowl ratings.) So either there were a lot of fair-weather fans watching, or St. Louis is a pretty amazing hockey town as well.
Agreed. Agreed.. Keep it simple. Go north as they say. Not flashy but effective.
Moreso earlier in the year. Starting with the 11-game win streak in February, the Blues have done an excellent job holding leads and finding a way to win close games. Obviously, Monday was not one of those games. Saying that, they've also had too many occasions where they've allowed a goal by the other team shortly after they've scored. Even Perron said the Blues' first couple of games after taking the 2-0 lead Monday weren't ideal.
Let me just say this. While I appreciate all contributions, it was a strange opening question for this chat.