Have not. But something's got to give. Right now, there aren't enough spots for the available veterans (plus Thomas and possibly Kyrou). Of course, they could end up simply waiving a guy or two.
Yes, I think Johnson is capable of picking up starts. See earlier answer (Averaged 35 starts past 3 seasons, will be playing for much better defense, career numbers very comparable to Hutton and Allen prior to last season.)
We'll see. Although I don't get a vote, I think he's very deserving.
I like what you're saying.
Thanks for the reminder. I was surprised to see Kostin there since he's played an entire season in the AHL. Also wondered iff Thomas would be there, given his long OHL season and ankle injury in the Memorial Cup tourney.
This ties in with the speed element we've talked about elsewhere in the chat. It's easier to do if you have faster skaters, and I think the Blues' team speed could be a question. I think the Blues did more of the attack style early last season, but finished with more of the grinding dump-and-chase over the final stretch of the season as the injuries mounted. I don't think Yeo minds attacking as long as the team remains fundamentally sound on defense.
Obviously in the departures of Brodziak and to a lesser extent Upshall, you're losing some penalty skill expertise. So I think you look to fourth line _ whoever ends up there _ for some possible help. Yeo has mentioned that he plans to use O'Reilly on both sides of special teams. Tyler Bozak was not used much on the PK in Toronto in recent seasons. Perron played sparingly on the PK with Vegas, but was very good when he did.
Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for football players playing through pain. But the hockey players take it to another level. I've also found that hockey players speak more languages. :).
Unfortunately, unlike my Black Knights, Navy does not field an NCAA hockey squad.
Well, they have to dump a decent amount of salary to make Pacioretty fit. He's due to make $4.5 million this year.
Yeah, I know he was a popular player. I only talked to him a few times _ all very early in the season. Seemed like a nice guy.
OMG, I'm going to have to shoot the puck down the ice on this one. Andy Strickland, are you out there?
Yeah, but I think in the previous question, the reader wanted to know why they didn't play it as the team came out on the ice.
Thanks for noticing. Because I didn't notice I had Perron playing on two lines! Put Steen in for Perron on the third line.
Last year, we covered the first two games (of the four-game tourney). This year, we plan to cover the last two games.
No, I don't. Bill Armstrong will still have a lot of say, remember, he's still going to oversee picks in the top three rounds. (And part off the reason why B.A. is still involved, I would think, is that the team doesn't want to change its overall philosophy.) He will be depending more on the scouts for the later rounds _ but the Blues have had a lot of these people in place for several years so they should be in sync.
Don't feel bad. I didn't know what it was either, until my conversation with Brodziak. Had some at Urban Chestnut's Grove Brewery and Bierhall last season. Tasty, but not exactly health food.
In a bit of a cop out, I'm going to put him right where he's been over the past five seasons: 20 to 25 goals; 35 to 40 assists, 55 to 65 points.
I'll just say this after 1 year in the hockey realm. I have no idea what goaltender interference is (and I don't think the league replay people do, either, which is really the problem). At least the NFL has admitted (kind of) that concussions are an issue. The NFL is a much more arrogant league. Don't really have a feel yet on labor relations. And have so far had very little contact with league PR.