I guess I'd have to say Kryou and Schenn. And that's with the assumption that Parayko and Thomas aren't going anywhere.
Well, it wouldn't free up much. Combined Gunnarsson and Fabbri count only $2.65 million against the cap.
Doubt I get an answer before the chat ends, but I just sent out an inquiry on the first part of your question (about things people do with the Cup). As for the Philly bar people, the Cup was in Philly with Berube (yes, he got 2 days w/the Cup, Calahoo and Philly) but I'm not aware that the "Gloria" people were part of that. But weren't they in town for the parade? Maybe someone can help with that.
I think the NHL was happy with the overall ratings. According to Variety, Game 7 set a record in overnight metered-market ratings for a hockey game at 6.20, with records dating back to 1994.
I've only been to Columbus twice on the Blues beat, but if you like wings, try Standard Hall.
He has kept a low-profile since the parade, hasn't he.
To the person asking about doing strange things with the Cup, @keeperofthecup just emailed me and said requests dealing with culture, upbringing or family are always very respectful. But he added: "Their buddies on the other hand. . .totally different story."
Haven't seen anything myself. But camp practices are always open to the public, and I don't think anything will change at the new facility. As soon as the practice schedule comes out, we'll post something online.
Don't see it happening. Once again, this figures to be a team with relatively balanced scoring.
As a fan, I'd have to say Winnipeg, Nashville, Vegas would rank right up there. Tampa Bay has a very good atmosphere, I'm sure in part because they've done so much winning (in the regular season) in recent years. I like the overhanging press box in Calgary. In terms of working environment, I'd rank Dallas up there pretty high. Vancouver.
I think the defending Cup champs, or defending champs in any sport would love the opportunity to have basically their entire team return intact. Now if it were the case of a team suddenly getting old, you'd probably feel differently. But that's not the case with the Blues who once again should have a mix of the old and new. To have 22 of your 23 players (from the playoffs) back) has to be unprecedented in the NHL's salary cap era. We'll see how it works out.
To the fan wondering about training camp, the Blues just announced details on the first two days of camp practice at the new Centenne Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights _ Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. Doors open at 9 a.m. Practices will start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon both days. There is a $10 charge at the new facility for reserved seating, with that money going to the Blues for Kids Foundation. We'll post a blog with more info after this chat.
Thanks. Just saw that mysefl.
Have not heard anything. Will check on his status as we get closer to camp.
I love the speed of the game. I like the fact that the game basically is all in front of you _ unlike football where you really can't get a great feel for line play unless you watch game tape. The access is good. Love the Canadian travel, specifically the western Canada trips. Writers, PR staffs around the league are good to deal with. Playoff intensity was more than I anticipated. On the minus side, the deadlines for night games can be nerve-wracking. There are occasions when I wish it was an open locker room instead of a few select players available postgame _ although Blues PR does a good job of getting us who we need. Those are just a few things off the top of my head.
I've gone through all the questions posted. If you want to get a question in, now's your chance.
Amen to that. It's possible he was thrown off by a Tuesday chat this week instead of our usual Wednesday.
OK, looks like that's it for today. Thanks for playing, and we'll see you all next week.