Yeah, it sure makes you wonder. Like what happens, strictly hypothetical, if the Blues get off to a slow start next season? Interesting that you mention Rams football. One of the reasons Dick Vermeil got a third season with the St. Louis Rams (after going 5-11 and 4-12) is that team president John Shaw told me he felt a little bit remorseful about giving Rich Brooks only two seasons. Can't see that happening in hockey, can we? Anyway, Linehan made it 2 1/2 seasons. Spags got 3 seasons. So these weren't necessarily extended stays although it may have seemed like an eternity at the time.
Neither do I, barring a rash of injuries or a dramatic drop in scoring between now and the trade deadline. And don't forget about Blais.. (Or Kostin).
Yes it does seem like a rash decision. Obviously I'm not around that team, but it seemed like Gallant had a very good presence.
Minus 53? That's not going to cut it in St. Louis, a place that obviously values defense.
As you probably know, Reinke more of a puck-mover, smaller frame. Not out of the assembly line of 6-4, 210 defensemen the Blues seem to crank out.
Or maybe there is no anthem this year. Remember, the players said they're weren't going to force it. (I should say also here, that there's no puck rack in the locker room this year, either.)
Well stated. It's not like the team is in last place in the standings on Jan. 3 _ this year.
Allen has one year left on his contract.
I wouldn't think Gallant will be out of a job for long. But Doug Armstrong does like advisors and consultants.
Just a guess here. But I think the players with kids stick around, especially those with kids in school. The single players head for the sun! Which reminds me. Remember Edmundson talking about talking Schwartz (then struggling) down to Cabo over the all-star/bye break and getting him to relax? It seemed to work. I think Bortuzzo was involved in those hijinks as well.
There's a lot of truth to what you say! Tough to argue with 30-10-7.
I did not. I talked to Yeo at length this morning, but didn't get into the Flyers' room. Elliott is starting tonight, but according to the Flyers that was the plan all along.
Seems like there are several people on the chat who feel the same way you do.
Dealing Gunnarsson and Sanford isn't going to free up a ton of cap money _ $3.25 million combined _ but it might make a deal more manageable. And I think you'd have to throw in more for Kreider. A prospect? A draft pick?
I don't think it's a concussion with Parayko. I was told he had "soreness." One thing I've noticed: Even though he's been on the ice for every practice/morning skate since the day before the Vegas game, I haven't really seen him let loose with one of those 100 mph-plus slapshots. Shoulder perhaps?
Interesting. You sure it's his house? The Blues weren't playing terribly when Tarasenko went down _ they were 5-2-3, and they did win a Stanley Cup with him. But it is surprising to me how well the power play has performed without him. It seemed like before his injury, the team almost seemed compelled to make sure Tarasenko got lots of touches with the man advantage. I think they're less predictable now.
Three years is a lifetime Roy. I was covering football three years ago.
Possibly. I wouldn't be surprised if he's sent back to San Antonio during the all-star/bye break to get some games in. The Rampage play on Jan. 21, 24, and 25.
Lehtera is playing for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL these days. In parts of two seasons with the Flyers he had 4 goals in 89 games.
Al, thanks for playing. . . .