Interesting. I'm sure it takes time to develop chemistry. But it sure has worked for Tyler Bozak (6 goals in his last 9 games).
Oh, OK. This may not totally answer the question, but if you're a player who has signed a one-year deal (such as Bouwmeester), you can not open negotiations with that player until Jan. 1 of that season. Also, unsigned draft picks cannot sign contracts that start next season until after March 1.
Because I once covered a team with a Charley Armey, I simply cannot refer to Doug Armstrong as Army. But not unlike Armstrong, Armey wasn't afraid to take risks or make big moves. He was a shrewd judge of talent and for the most part trusted his scouts. (Which I think you can say about Armstrong as well.)
Colorado and Arizona (6-1-1 vs. the Blues since the start of the '17-18 season) don't have your attention?
I hear you. I think you'd like Marchand if he was on your team.
San Antonio started out pretty well this season, but has really faded lately. Part of it may be that two of their best players _ Kyrou and Mikkola _ are in ST. Louis. In general, the Blues want the Rampage to be using a similar system and similar style of play. I would think player development is paramount, but they'd also like the team to have some success. But at the end of the day, I don't think the overall level of talent is that great there. I think the Blues ideally would like to restock the Rampage with some prospects. They've traded some top picks away in recent years, and others (Thomas, Kyrou, Mikkola) are on the big club.
I'm sure they'd like to see what he looks like in a regular-season NHL game at some point. But I think barring injury, it would come very late in the season after the Blues' playoff position is pretty much decided..
You could very well be right. But Schwartz has been very effective net front, or charging the net. That's where he plays some of his best offensive hockey.
It is puzzling to be sure. I don't know if there's more to the picture than meets the eye. For example and strictly hypothetical, is Gallant hard to work with in terms of coach-upper management? Etc. Because it sure doesn't make sense at face value.
But the people love Country Roads!!!!!
I hear you. He has a chance to be a legacy player here _ the kind they put statues in front of the building for. I have no insight into Petro's thinking. But I'll say this: not every player dreams of playing in the hockey fishbowl that is Toronto _ even players who are from the Toronto area.
Schenn was talking today about how well he was treated by Yeo. Most of the players seemed to like him when he was here. The only exception I know about was Bouwmeester _ and it was in a narrow framework _ Bouwmeester told me last season (and I've written it) that he didn't like the way Yeo handled his benching in Toronto. If you recall, it was early in the season, and it was the first time Bouwmeester could recall being a healthy scratch in his career.
Not recently. But I've talked to Gunnarsson so many times in the past about this. Last season and early . this season, he was going back and forth with Bortuzzo in terms of being in the lineup. He's always said the right thing _ yeah, he wants to be in the lineup every day _ but the team is winning and he understands this is a good team and deep D-corps. But this feels a little different, doesn't it?
He doesn't need a calculator _ it's all in his head.
What, you've already forgotten Vladimir Sobotka?
I really don't think it has anything to do with the offsides _ more about puck-hounding and defense. I think Kyrou is a pretty determined player, and wants to do whatever it takes to succeed in his league.
And what did Kassian get for the Tkachuk hit _ just 2 games?
Thx. I thought he was very honest, both in terms of the "Stanley Cup or bust" expectations that he fostered with the team (and regrets doing) and also that although he was happy for the team, the town and the coaches, it was tough to watch the Blues march to the Cup last season. But I think he's in a good place now.
OK, I've made my way through the run of questions. So you know what time it is now. If you have any questions you'd like to get in, don't be shy. You're up.