I think he's a wild card. Based on production alone, you might think third line. Maybe second. But he has shown in Edmonton and Anaheim that he does some of his best work when on a line with his team's best scorers. His size and net-front presence must be figured in as well when you're trying to balance out a line. And as I mentioned in an earlier answer, Yeo thinks there will be a lot of mixing and matching this year because of the depth and versatility up front.
Looking ahead, you may be onto something, particularly if it's a move for a defenseman who's not a rental.. Four of the Blues top seven D-man have contracts that expire after this season. Of those four, Bouwmeester, Gunnarsson and Bortuzzo are scheduled for unrestricted free agency.
That seems to make sense.
I think you're onto something. I used to kid the Rams that they had vice presidents for everything. The Blues do seem to have a lot of advisors. I'd be a liar if I told you I knew what they did.
I've always appreciated Howard's passion for the game.
I did enjoy the Gladiator movie.
Not sure. But part of Ryan Miller's new duties is in the realm of analytics. Don't know if this means the Blues are placing greater emphasis on that part of the game.
Like any locker room, more so when the team is winning.
He does seem to be good at his job.
These things have a way of sorting themselves out. After this season, eight of the team's top 15 forwards are either restricted or unrestricted free agents.
Obviously if Fabbri returns to form he's first-line worthy. But after missing 1 1/2 seasons and after 2 knee surgeries, he may never be the same or it may take him a while to get there. I think that's why you see the third line projections. I know the Blues aren't simply assuming he'll be back to where he was or can be counted on for a full season.
Depends on when Seattle comes into the league. At least a year away.
Simply stated, the owners don't want to spend the money. NFL Europe was the equivalent of a minor league or a development league _ it brought the Rams Super Bowl starters Kurt Warner and Tom Nutten. But the league lost money and eventually was disbanded. The fledgling Alliance of American Football (AAF), scheduled to begin play in February, can be such a league. Let's see if it has any staying power.
There you go. Thanks for the input.
McDonalds? Stop it. Brodziak recommended I try it at his brother's restaurant in Edmonton _ The Local Omnivore.
That's where you need the youngsters to step up. Thomas, Kyrou, Kostin, Blais, Foley, Kaspick, Sanford. They're the next wave..
Budget is always a consideration in today's newspaper game. But I'd like to do that.
Took a stab at that earlier. As I mentioned, you obviously need to replace guys like Brodziak and to a lesser extent Upshall. Yeo said the other day he plans to use O'Reilly on both sides of special teams. Whoever ends up on the fourth line, you should see some of them on PK.
That's in the Cherokee area, right?
Then somehow, you missed this: 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.
My oldest son lives down there. Great area.
OK, that's a wrap. The poutine talk is making me hungry. Thanks for playing. Next Wednesday at 1 p.m.