Hello again everybody. Welcome to our second Blues chat of the season. We're little over a week away from the start of the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City and just two weeks away from the start of Blues camp. So let's get this going and we'll start by answering thetank's question about the Blues' point total this season. I think 105 points is a realistic possibility if Jake Allen avoids a prolonged slump. No doubt about it..
Barring injury, I don't think the Blues need to tinker with their blueline right now. Assuming Bouwmeester and Gunnarsson are healthy and ready to start camp _ and there are no indications otherwise _ you've got those two plus Pietrangelo, Parayko, Edmundson, Dunn, Bortuzzo, Waiting in the wings are Jordan Schmatlz, Jake Walman, Mitch Reinke. Plus cap considerations need to be factored in on just about any move because the Blues have less than $1 million available and are near the bottom of the league in terms of available cap space.
Have not had a chance to talk to Tarasenko yet, nor have I seen him. If what you've heard is true, it could partly be a result off the surgery. I'm sure there was a period where he couldn't do much if any conditioning.
Well, it doesn't seem far-fetched at all. Several off these rankings have the Blues prospects rated highly. For example, The Sporting News has the Blues ranked 5th in the league in terms of prospects.
I'm not the type to get too hung up on jerseys. The third jersey looks nice, I guess. I'm a little surprised that they're using it so often _ 11 of the teams' 12 Saturday home games this season. Although he didn't skate at the Blues post-draft prospects camp at the end of June, Thomas was listed as wearing jersey No. 36.
Brodeur wasn't last year. He really didn't do any goalie-coaching with Allen _ that took place in 2016-17. The goaltending coach once again is David Alexander, who joined the team in June 2017 and had worked a lot with Allen previously.
I think you might have a point. Having Jordan Kyrou in the lineup would help, but obviously he's far from a sure thing to make the opening day roster.
No major rules changes this season. I believe some changes in the size and fit of goaltenders' chest protectors take place this season.
I thought Tarasenko looked a little heavier at the end of last season. I was not at the PGA so I did not see him there and have yet to see him personally. We'll see once camp starts.
Boy are they up against the cap, even more so than even last year. The very reliable CapFriendly.com shows them with just $284,845 in space, the second-lowest total of available cap space in the league. But that total has them with 15 forwards and a 24-man roster _ or one over. But even if you subtract Jordan Nolan and his $650,000 salary, that would leave the Blues with just $934,845 in space. So yeah, all things being equal on two roster candidates maybe the team goes with the lower salary. I know this may be stating the obvious for you, but Jaskin is good defensively and not afraid to hit somebody, decent speed, but just can't finish. Especially with all the offseason moves, he may be one of several Blues competing for a fourth-line spot.
Reached out to Brodeur in the past couple of days but have not talked to him. The last time I talked to him _ with a group of reporters at the Mills after his Hall of Fame induction at the end of June _ he sounded like becoming a GM wasn't really a career goal. So I think what Doug Armstrong mentioned Tuesday about Brodeur wanting to spend more time with family was sincere. Being on the business side of the NHL with a team doesn't require as many hours or as much travel as being on the coaching or personnel side. In the football realm from my days covering the NFL, a lot of players made this discovery when attempting to switch from playing to coaching. So, I agree with you. Good for Brodeur. Why wouldn't he want to work for a team that has a statue of him erected outside the stadium?
Nothing firm for you yet. Mike Yeo said at the IceBreaker event that maybe a couple of Blues wouldn't be full-go at the start of camp, but he said he didn't want to reveal their names until after they had seen the team doctors. But everybody else should be ready to go.
You make a good point. With all the new pieces up front, team chemistry and line chemistry could be an issue early. Now it helps that David Perron has been a Blues teammate to many players still on the team. And Patrick Maroon has been around Blues players during summer skates at the Mills and on the golf course. But there will be a lot off new bodies on the team's top three lines.
They were almost all welcoming, Schmaltz started calling me "JT" which is my nickname in some corners. Stastny would tap the bench in the locker room inviting me to sit down during an interview (He did that for others.). Brodziak told me I needed to try poutine. But I would say the prize goes to Colton Parayko, based on this little anecdote. A few weeks into my tenure as a Blues beat writer, I walk into the locker room at the IceZone during the media period, Parayko greeted me and asked how the new job was going. I was borderine flabbergasted because pro athletes have a lot on their minds and are ultra-busy in season. I had great relationships with many Rams over the years, but never had a player ask something like that. It was a small gesture, but surprising.
I have never owned a jersey of any kind, unless it was for a team I was on, or a team (baseball) I was coaching. But my oldest son Tim once had a Gretzky Blues jersey. My youngest son Roger - the rock drummer - has a Ryan Reaves jersey that he still wears.
That's one for Jeff Gordon, who chats Fridays at 1 p.m.
Yeah, I'd say there was some anxiety. But it'll be ready for Maroon 5 _ the Blues have no choice.
Good question. At the IceBreaker event, Yeo said the lines could change from day to day in camp, and that because of the added flexibility and depth, there would be a lot of moving parts this season. (And probably more mixing and matching in camp.) But you wouldn't think Schenn and Schwartz would be separated, and then you go from there. Assuming everyone's healthy I'll go w.Schwartz-Schenn-Perron; Maroon-O'Reilly-Tarasenko; Perron-Bozak-Fabbri for openers.