Right now I would say they most likely candidates on the Blues are, in no particular order: O'Reilly, Perron, Schenn, Pietrangelo. And if Binnington stays with his current level of play maybe he squeezes in there. But yeah, with the game in St. Louis, the Blues the defending Cup champion, and the team doing well (if that continues to be the case) I could see two _ maybe 3 _ from the Blues.
Is he playing defense? Is he attempting to hunt down pucks in corners or along the boards? Or is just drifting in space, watching? When one of his teammates has the puck, are his movements predictable? Is he ready for the puck? Is he willing to go to the front of the net? (I would think these would all be part of it.)
I try to keep it light whenever possible and try to humanize the players.
I don't know what an SPC is. Explain if you can. But I do know McGinn was in Charlotte on a PTO. Not sure if he'd take a two-way with the Blues.
Although it really wasn't the case last night, I would say the simplest answer would be not taking your foot off the gas in the third. Keep playing as if the score were tied. Stay aggressive. That doesn't mean you take unnecessary risks or gambles, just keep playing your game.
Obviously, I don't see what happens behind the scenes. I'm told Schwartz is really funny, but he rarely shows that to us. Based on what I've seen, I'd say Binnington is both the funniest and in some ways most unpredictable. But Dunn can be funny. Perron. They all have their moments.
I did some poking around on the recent trip, but don't really have a feel for it. I would have to think that Josi's deal would have to be some kind of benchmark.. Meaning Pietrangelo has to come in somewhere in that neighborhood, whether it's somewhere above or below. I don't think Josi's contract negatively affects the Blues' ability to re-sign Pietrangelo. Armstrong, I sense, has a good feel for the market.
I don't really have a clue on that one.
Based on what I've heard, Schwartz could be a good candidate.
If you're talking about Maroon's recent upper-body injury with Tampa, I believe he's healthy now.and back in the lineup. As for a future trade, I guess I wouldn't just categorically rule it out. Maroon by all accounts left on good terms here. I wouldn't think Armstrong would want to give up much.
He's been OK, maybe a little better than OK. I think if he had even a couple of goals at this point, he may not even be a topic of conversation. He's been good in the corners and along the boards. Tough to get off the puck. Skates pretty well although not the most elusive guy. As a reader mentioned earlier, it would be good to see him close on the net a little more often, and not rely so much on just his outside shot. He has displayed some questionable decision-making with the puck at times. But that might be in large part due to the fact he's the only new guy on the defending Stanley Cup champs. (Or he was until recently.) That's been a big adjustment, maybe more than we _ or even Faulk _ could have anticipated..
I think he's still around, dogging it up. But I must admit that's not high on my priority list.
Yeah, what you say makes a lot of sense. But I think at the time it was a cap issue. The Blues now have cap room _ albeit temporarily if Tarasenko returns before the end of the regular season. And thx for the kind words.
I would've liked to have seen the Blues commit to playing him 20-25 games with a regular role somewhere on the top 9 and see what happens. I've said that on the radio a couple of times. I do realize, however, that this is not just some extended training camp or preseason and you have to see results and see them relatively quickly. It's clear that Fabbri's style didn't fit what Berube wants in his players. In terms of that the Blues got for Fabbri, you have to remember that there were cap ramifications _ they traded a $900K player for a $900K player.
As I pointed out earlier, Bozak's success rate (44 percent) belies his simple approach. I think Blais and Thomas might be the type of players you're talking about, but they're still very young in the league and probably aren't establish enough for Berube to trust them in a shootout situation. (Although Blais did score a shootout goal last year to beat Boston in the regular season _ in the 6th round).