I don't think there's any doubt that Parayko's play has elevated down the stretch last year and continuing on into this year. And if Pietrangelo were gone, Parayko probably steps into the first power play role
True. And we know how Berube and the Blues like to bring their youngsters around gradually, making sue they don't have too much on their plate. Saying that, although I know it was a small sample size, Mikkola didn't seem to be fazed by anything during his callup. He fit right in.
Do you mean as a backup for the Blues?
Yes. Tyler, by the way, played in high school for Eureka, also played AAA/Central States, and then played for the St. Louis U. club team.
Thomas is still on his entry level contract and doesn't even become a restricted free agent until the 2021-22 season. So in theory, the Blues can control his rights for several more seasons. The tricky part if you're Thomas (and his agent) is if you go early on a long-term contract in your early years, is there a danger of selling yourself short in the future? What if you develop into an all-star? What will the salary cap look like in three, five, seven years, etc. And if you're the Blues, what do you realistically think is Thomas' ceiling as a player, and how does that influence what you're willing to play. I don't know if Stillman/Armstrong have broached this topic, but I think it'd probably be a couple of years away.
Well, he's a smaller guy, so the opposition would have a little more net to shoot at. I don't think he'd post a shutout. But he's made his share of saves from what I've seen of him in practice. When Tarasenko's healthy and Tyler's on the ice, they play a little game where Vladi takes 5 shots at Tyler, asking Tyler how many goals he thinks Tarasenko will make out of the five from the hashmarks. Tyler makes a guess, and if Tarasenko "loses" he has to do push ups.
The wild-card race is so tight, it changes almost on a daily basis. Prior to Tuesday's games, it was Blues vs. Arizona in first round. Entering Wednesday's games, it's Nashville. Of the five potential wild-card teams that currently have between 70 and 73 points,,here's how'd I'd rank them, with 1.) being the Blues best possible opponent and 5.) being the worst possible opponent: 1.) Calgary; 2.) Edmonton; 3.) Winnipeg; 4.) Nashville; 5.) Arizona. (And that's Arizona assuming Darcy Kuemper is back.) If he's not back, I'd move Arizona at least down to 4.) and have Nashville at 5.)
I don't think he's played badly at all overall. But has he played like a three-time all-star? No. I get the criticism of the trade, but I don't think Faulk's play merits being a whipping boy..
I don't think these AHL teams are usually money-makers, so I don't think the Blues have much interest in purchasing a team. This was just before my time, but I've heard and been told that the Blues didn't like their relationship with the Wolves, and would much prefer to be elsewhere. I think the hope is that somebody else moves into the Chicago slot and the Blues than go to the vacated spot.
I don't think there's any way to keep Scandella if Pietrangelo is back. But if Pietrangelo leaves, perhaps it could be a possibility.
I didn't really read them as warm, lukewarm or otherwise. As for your second question, its seems hard to believe that Army would trade for Faulk if he had a high degree of certainty that Faulk would be back. (At that time, the time the deal was made.)
Yeah, overall it was pretty quiet for the Central. Nothing that really moved the needle. (Except that Chicago, which isn't really a playoff contender, got worse in the short-term.)
It's been a couple of weeks since I've done the chat. But to the reader who asked if O'Reilly was wearing a baseball Cardinals jersey under his all-star jersey, during the skills contest, the answer is yes. I asked him about it a week or so ago, and he said it was indeed a Cardinals jersey. He was going to break it out, I think, during the target shooting competition (from 30 feet up off the ice), but just didn't find the right moment.
Thanks for asking, but I don't have any insight into this situation. I was just surprised that Anaheim, in a rebuilding mode, would add a 35-year-old player when they're 12 games out of the last wild-card position with 19 games to play.
Yeah, from afar, it's hard for me to have a feel for what they're doing. But this would be a good question for Jeff Gordon on his Friday chat.
OK, last call for Blues questions. Speak now, or wait till next Wednesday.
For Mikkola, it's just play like he did during his earlier stint this year during camp/preseason. Work on his puck-moving, skating, shooting in the offseason. I think Scandella's in play only if Petro goes. Assuming Bouwmeester doesn't return, the only UFAs are Petro, Scandella, and Brouwer.. So basically your entire roster will return, unless Armstrong makes some moves. Looking ahead, Bozak, Steen, Allen and Binnington all will be entering their walk years. The goalie situation is especially interesting. Do you try to lock up Binnington long-term this offseason, or wait until next season. I think you've got to start thinking about re-stocking your prospect pool, which has been shrinking due to all the moves made in recent years. But the Blues should be well-positioned to have a highly-competitive team again next year.
He's still having a career year, but his numbers have gone up since he returned from World Juniors. He's got a 2.45 GAA and a .916 save percentage for the season playing in the Western Hockey League for the Portland Winterhawks, who are one of the elite squad in the WHL. Hofer's record is 30-7-5.
OK, thanks for playing. We'll do this again next Wednesday. . . . .