Anybody out there attend the open house at Centene last Saturday? What did you think?
Turned 20 in May. He needed help from Chris Butler to order a pizza his first year in San Antonio. His English is getting better _ much better. Playing in the AHL at age 18 was a rough adjustment and can't be understated. As Doug Armstrong likes to say, it's a man's league. But the Blues aren't disappointed in him at all. They have tried to tell Kostin this isn't a sprint. Keep working and be patient.
As in every season, the coaches will talk to the players about what they need in terms of preseason play to get ready. Whether that means less time for some _ or many players _ remains to be seen. Also, the Blues are playing eight games this preseason. Not six or seven. So the younger players and San Antonio-bound players will get extra playing time.
One thing I've learned about Armstrong, he always works the phones. I think the Blues regard Pietrangelo as an asset to the organization and a key cog in their bid to contend for the Cup once again. But I don't regard the fact that 22 of the 23 Blues playoff performers are back as simply a victory lap. If you had a chance to bring back a Stanley Cup championship team virtually intact, why wouldn't you? You'd have to have a pretty good reason to do otherwise. Now, we'll see what the season brings. The trade deadline is a long way away. If some players get stale, or if Armstrong gets an offer he can't refuse, or if Petro's or Schenn's demands are too high _ who knows.
I could be wrong, but someone told me he's been in Nashville.
You'd have to pay something like $7 million to save $4 million. Don't think that's happening.
Great anecdote. I went there a couple of years ago with my oldest son, but did not go this year. Anyone go this year?
Thanks for the report. I'm anxious to get out there.
I think they have a good mix of young, old, and mid-career players. Binnington, Barbashev, Blais, Sanford, Thomas, Fabbri, Kyrou, Sundqvist, MacEachern and Dunn are all 25 or younger. Some much younger. Parayko and Edmundson just turned 26. The only forwards over 30 are Steen (36), Bozak (33), and Perron (31). On defense it's Bouwmeester (35) and Gunnarsson (32).
Agreed. I don't think it makes sense buying him out for two years. If his play deteriorates this year, maybe you consider it for one year after this season. But I still consider him an asset. A player whose best days are behind him? Sure. But still an asset. Besides, I don't think Armstrong has ever exercised a buyout as Blues GM.
I don't think anyone is ruling it out, especially as the season plays out. Just saying it doesn't seem likely, much less a good idea, at this point. Also, according to the all-knowing CapFriendly, the Leafs are currently projected at $85K over the cap. Where are they going to come up with the money?
Not gonna lie, it would be absolutely fabulous to see him wearing a BlueNote. But realistically, it looks like the longest of longshots.
Not sure. I'll check on it.
What looked good? A Steen buyout?
OK, now we're getting silly.
Thanks for your input. On Allen, I think it takes more than just another good season by Binnington to make Allen expendable. The Blues have to have a backup in mind. Maybe it's Husso _ this is a huge year for him.
Nope. I'll know when you know.
Based on what I saw last season it would be hard to pick against Binnington. At forward, I really like MacKinnon and Matthew Tkachuk. And Nikita Kucherov. I'm thinking younger players here. Kucherov is the oldest here at 26. On defense, give me Morgan Reilly and Colton Parayko. Again, I'm looking for players still relatively early in their careers. I'm sure others in the crowd can come up with a better
The only thing that bugs me about McDavid is Edmonton's failure to reach the playoffs. What am I missing here with him? Is the roster that bad around him?