No indications yet on how Tarasenko will be used. But it's an interesting question. Do you maybe start him out with Steen and Bozak on the third line _ lesser minutes _ as he gets back in the swing of things. Do you put him on the second power play unit _ at least at the start _ because you don't want to mess with the chemistry of the first unit, which has played so well for much of the season.
Part of that depends on how long the Blues go in the playoffs. And whether or not they have a first-round pick. Travel costs also are a factor, and this year the draft is in Montreal, which isn't a cheap destination. This all has to be taken into consideration. But if there's a way to get there, we'll figure it out.
That's certainly the plan for the Blues.
Again, I think that's only possible if Pietrangelo is not re-signed. Gunnarsson is making only $1.75 million, so trading him isn't going to free up much $$$$. I do agree that it should be time to get Mikkola going in the NHL.
I think Berube always wants to see more physical play. But it's hard to do that for 82 games. I think part of the physical play was due to the physical nature of the teams they were playing in Dallas and the NY Rangers. The Rangers strike me as being one of the more physical teams in the East.
I think he was partially joking, but Bouwmeester mentioned at his press conference last week that he wasn't interested in coaching. Scouting can involve a ton of travel, so not sure this would be Bo's cup of tea either since he has three young daughters.
His name is Tyler Stewart. I saw him just the other day at Centene. He also is a practice goalie at times, such as in camp when the Blues have so many bodies and so many practices, or in-season if Binnington or Allen need a day of or are nicked up. He played club hockey for St. Louis U. and played in high school at Eureka and at the AAA level.
He told me he was the guiding force behind one skit _ something to do with "duck-hunting" but that was about it.
I would say Robert Thomas. Playing with much more confidence.
Not sure on any of this. I'll try to check on it for you.
Well there's already some of that going on. Tweets back and forth from the teams' official feeds. Punter Marquette King was introduced and shown on the video board at a recent Blues game.. BattleHawks wore Blues jerseys during their "red-carpet" pregame walk into the dome for the home opener. I'd bet you'd see a Blues player on the field pregame for the coin toss _ does the XFL have a coin toss? _ except the Blues schedule doesn't mesh at all with the BattleHawks' skied this season.
I think those would be the two obvious choices, O'Reilly and Schenn. Although I think it might be a little closer between O'Reilly and Schenn than you think.
Programming note. Lots of questions today. We will get to all questions today, no matter how long it takes.
I don't think he re-signs with the Blues. He'll be 37 by the end of next season. I'd say it's either 1.) retries or 2.) goes elsewhere.
Well, hasn't exactly suffered with Schenn and Schwartz (predominantly) over the past two seasons _ 33 goals each of the past two seasons. Something about Thomas and Tarasenko is intriguing to me.
Hah. No. And as hard as these shots are, I don't think he's interested.
If it were up to me, I'd say absolutely.
I'm not a fan. And Jordan Binnington seemed a little disappointed a while back when I told him that was my opinion. But to each his own.
I don't think he has the hardest, but he's definitely on the short list.
Six goalies in NHL history have been captains, with the last being Montreal's Bill Durnan in the 1947-48 season. But a rule was passed after that season prohibiting goalies as captains after complaints that Durnan that he left his crease to argue with refs, thus abusing the rule.