Poganski was called up as insurance, as a spare part _ in case somebody else got injured. That's a frequent thing in hockey. And unlike baseball, if a hockey player is healthy enough to play _ and he's one of your regulars _ he plays. Berube takes extra care on off days to make sure the players are rested and even on game days with either optional skates or in a few cases no morning skates at all.
You make a lot of good points here.
Berube doesn't give playing time away. It has to be earned. Obviously, four games is too early to determine much. But Kyrou figures to get some more games to show he deserves to stay.
Kyrou didn't seem as strong on the puck or as strong defensively for parts of the Colorado game.
Hard to give a definitive answer since the lines have been scrambled so much this season. But as the third line is currently constituted you have Steen (plus-5), Thomas (plus-7) and Bozak (plus-2). Thomas' plus-7 is tied for the team-high with Vince Dunn.
If you base it on the last, say, five games, you'd say Thomas definitely deserves more ice. But his play before that had been just so-so for a stretch of games. Defense, compete level, puck play is very important to Berube. Of course, if the second power play unit got more ice time that would help too.
Sundqvist certainly provided a spark. In a more subtle way, Steen has too. Of course, there are inevitable peaks and valleys over the course of a season as well.
Not sure on your second point, but thanks for the feedback. I should have mentioned earlier that Allen played very well Nov. 6 in Edmonton, a 5-2 Blues victory, and I'm sure Berube factored that into his considerations as well.
I'm not sure if you have to link Pietrangelo and Binnington for the 2021-22 season. The Blues have some players coming off the books after the 2020-21 season, most notably Steen and Bozak. As of right now, they have only $41 million committed to their 2021-22 cap.
OK, I have to leave the media room at Enterprise Center right now and head up to the press box. (I'm being politely kicked out.) So give me about 5-10 minutes and we'll be back chatting. Still have a lot of questions to get to. . . . .
Well, he only lost part of an ear lobe! I remember Kurt Warner playing with what turned out to be a broken hand against Philadelphia in 2002. It was a big mistake. Anyway, football players are plenty tough. But I think the hockey guys take it to another level.
Sure. It is a very helpful site.
I think we're still talking about end of January with Blais, after the bye week/all-star break. I've seen Blais around the building lately; said hi to him in passing heading into the locker room for postgame interviews after the Colorado game. But I haven't really gotten any update on him since he's still a month away from playing.
Again, that's not exactly how it works since Pietrangelo isn't on the books at all for 2020-21 because his contract will have expired. But the Blues do have nearly $74 million currently committed to the cap for 2020-21, so that doesn't leave much room to squeeze him in.
I'd have to say he's on that path. But aren't all of the statues out there Hall of Famers?
What you say makes sense in terms of an all-star weekend announcement. Maybe Seattle just needs a little more time to go through its process. Haven't heard anything about a Seattle coach, although there's still time for that. As for divisional realignment, it's already been decided that Seattle goes to the Pacific and Arizona comes to the Central.
Berube's message still seems to resonate with the players. He's tough on them, but seems to be fair and honest. Will the message grow stale in a year or two? We'll see. All the line changes and changes on D-pairings is not an ideal situation for the players, but as long as the team keeps wining, I don't think you'll hear any complaints from the players.
You'll get used to it. I really like it.
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You may recall that the Blues were interested in Kovalchuk when he returned to the NHL in 2018-19. But he's 37 in April. Also, in 81 games with the Kings this year and last, he's minus-36. Minus-36.