Hello to one and all. Sorry for the slight delay. Our computer system was balky as I attempted to post my post-practice blog today. After more than a half-hour fight, I emerged victorious. So what's on your mind today, hockey fans?
That's an interesting question. I think it's safe to make that assumption, barring any further injuries. Especially when Blais comes back, which could be right after the all-star break _ which isn't all that far away anymore. And if that happens to be the case, would Brouwer agree to an AHL assignment?
Barring further injury, I'm not sure the Blues will find a need for a trade target over the second half of the season. Especially if Kyrou keeps flashing like he did with that eye-opening goal against Colorado. The Blues actually are on a slightly higher scoring pace (3.06 goals per game), than they finished with last season (2.98). Obviously, Doug Armstrong will keep his eyes and ears open, and work the phone lines. Because that's what GMs do.
I agree with your general premise about not rushing Tarasenko back. But if nothing else, why wouldn't you want to have him back for the playoffs? Apparently, his surgery was not as complicated/serious as the previous one. Plus, if you wait until the playoffs before playing Tarasenko, you could use his cap money if you wanted to make a move _ which is a loophole in the system. The Blues have been a little bit better, standings-wise without Tarasenko: They were 5-2-3 when he was injured; they're 16-6-3 after he was hurt.
Some feel that Krieder would be a good fit with this offense. He's a big body (6-3, 217) and we know Berube likes big bodies. He counts $4.625 million against the cap, and would be a rental since he's unrestricted after this season. Not sure why the Senators, who are building, would want to dispose of Duclair, who's only 24. The Senators also have control over Duclair, who will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.
This isn't exhibition season, when you play guys just to see what they've got. Berube has stated he's like to get MIkkola in if possible, but winning games and getting points is the main objective. Bouwmeester has played well this season, and looks pretty fresh. The entire team actually looks pretty fresh right now.
Not sure what you mean here. But he has been pretty dynamic the last few games.
As I mentioned in an earlier answer, the team's only UFAs are Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester and Brouwer. The team's RFAs are Blais, de la Rose, Dunn, MacEachern and Mikkola. All of the RFAs are arbitration eligible, except for Dunn, which generally means they could be more expensive to re-sign. Even more instructive than salary coming off the books is salary already committed to 2020-21. And again as I mentioned earlier, the Blues have $73.7 million committed to '20-21. So it would seem like the Blues would have to do something to free up some money, if they sign Pietrangelo to say a $9 million a year contract. As for any Steen buyout it would be 2/3rd's of his $5.375 million _ which would save you only about $1.8 million.
The thumbnail answer: Allen has played well this season, Allen hasn't started in 8 days, Berube wants to keep Binnington fresh, Binnington took a maintenance day Tuesday and I'll call it a quasi-maintenance day today, which is an indication that he might have tweaked something and the Blues don't want to risk it turning into a full-blown injury.
My late mother was from Eastern Europe and she loved "Country Roads." Would sing along when she heard it on the radio. Just because the song is about West Virginia does that mean no one outside of the state of West Virginia is allowed to enjoy the song? If so then what about Chuck Berry's Memphis Tennessee? Sinatra's New York, New York? Etc. I am a Led Zeppelin fan, saw the Zep in concert at The Arena back in the day. Don't the Blues occasionally play Kashmir? I believe Nelly has been played regularly lately during pregame. Speaking of my son the drummer, perhaps the Blues should play The Few's Exterminate. It will get your heart pumping.
Glad you like the new look on the website. As for Kyrou's goal, a couple of Blues players said some complimentary things about Kyrou and the goal after the game, but nothing that was off the charts. It was an eye-popping play, but it was just one play. This is a veteran, battle-tested group of Blues who have achieved the highest level of success in winning the Cup. So they've seen a few things. But if anything, Kyrou served notice as to what he's capable of _ it's probably not coincidence that he will open tonight's game on the Schenn line.again, after being dropped to the fourth line during the Colorado game.
I'd be a liar if I said I was totally tuned in on the Blues and Taylor Hall, but I get the sense they weren't among the frontrunners for him.
But I don't think you need to make that decision right now. Or anytime before the trade deadline, barring another rash of injuries or an extended scoring drought. Only Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares have scored more goals since the start of the 2014-15 season than Tarasenko. So why would you be in a hurry to keep him on the shelf.
I would say Brouwer, de la Rose, and right now Sanford would head that list. Although I think it's safe to assume that someone else will get injured up front.
I'm not sure exactly what you're talking about, since I haven't been on our website much today. But hopefully someone on our staff will see this and make any appropriate adjustments.
The trade was made before my time on the beat, but I get the sense that the first-round pick was the plum in the deal. (Although Armstrong did think Sundqvist had some potential, perhaps more potential than others in the league thought) And I agree, Sundqvist deserves a spin or two on the O'Reilly line. Sundqvist told me Tuesday he's had very little work with O'Reilly (and some with Perron), but he sure looked good with them down the stretch against Colorado.
My guess is that the Blues still want to see more from him in the AHL. His numbers are good but not eye-popping so far this season in San Antonio: 8-7-5 record, 2.50 GAA, .910 save percentage.
Interesting thought. Palmieri has been a 20-plus goal scorer for several seasons now. He's not a rental either, with a year left on his contract this season at $4.65 million. Has there been any talk about New Jersey wanting to deal him?
It's an interesting topic. When we've asked Jake about all his road starts, he's usually given some version of "that's how the schedule has worked out" as his reply. But I think we all remember the booing he got at home last season before the Blues turned their season around.