I would like to see Kyrou and Parayko race. At a shorter distance It would without a doubt be Kyrou. But at a longer distance, I wonder if the long-striding Parayko would catch up.
I'd say O'Reilly is the most talkative. If the St. Louis hockey media gave out a "good guy" award for media cooperation, O'Reilly would win. Quietest? I would say Schwartz. He just isn't in the room much when we have open locker room media periods. (He's quite different behind the scenes from what I've been told.)
Can some of you hockey experts out there help me on this? What do you think?
He's worn them all season. He told me he wore them last season as well, although I don't recall that. As to why he wears them, I don't know. I'll try to find out.
Well, Brouwer won't be back next season. There's a chance the Blues don't re-sign de la Rose (or sign him to a two-way.). Beyond that it's a tough call to me. Kostin has played pretty well from what I can tell over the second half of the season in San Antonio. He scored his 13th goal of the season last night. You'd think he'd make a big push for the varsity next season.
A couple of things to keep in mind here. First, the AHL regular season ends a week later than the NHL regular season, so we won't see them right away in the playoffs Secondly, the Rampage might actually make the playoffs this season. Right now they are in playoff position in the AHL Central, so that could further delay their arrival. But I think you look at the Rampage players who were up with the Blues earlier this season for starters: Walker (who'd now injured), Poganski, Mikkola, Walman, Kostin, Pouliot. Perhaps Vecchione. Husso.
I don't want to speak out of school because I heard this second hand. But I don't think the working relationship was good. And I think Wolves ownership tried to have input with the hockey ops.
Yeah, it sure looked different to me. I wonder if the game was an outlier or how they're playing lately.
Could be. But Berube went to great lengths to explain what he wanted to see from Blais on the ice. That would be a pretty elaborate smokescreen if it was an off-ice issue.
Interesting. Thanks for this.
On the front burner, you'd have to say Mikkola and Kostin. Husso of course. Further down the line is Hofer, the junior goalie who starred for Tea Canada in the World Juniors. Alexandrov, who was strong for Team Russia in the World Juniors at forward, has been compared on numerous occasions to Tyler Bozak by asst. GM BIll Armstrong. Perunovich, who's still playing in college (MInnesota-Duluth) is a guy the organization really seems to like. There are forwards like Poganski and Toropchenko who have had their moments in San Antonio, but they project (at this time) as fourth-liners in the NHL. Overall, I don't think the Blues' prospect pool is as deep as it was a couple three years ago.
I believe Scandella was listed as No 37 on TSN's popular and entertaining Trade Bait list just before the trade deadline. But you're right, it wasn't like his name was front burner. This is a generalization, but I think when you're playing for a non-playoff team (Buffalo, Montreal) you get less attention. Again, he's not a big scorer by defenseman standards. But I was not aware that he was on other teams' radar.
Well, before Darcy Kuemper got hurt I would've said the Coyotes. I think Vancouver is a team on the rise. But the Brock Boeser injury hurts right now. Those would be the two.
The Blues have been involved in only six fights this year, which according to HockeyFights.com is the fourth-lowest total in the league. Schenn has been involved in 2 followed by Bortuzzo, Brouwer,, MacEachern and Barbashev at one apiece according to my notes. Last year, the Blues were in 14 fights (again, according to my notes). With Maroon leading the way with six. League-wide, I think fights are about on par with last year's 224, maybe a little behind. If my math is right, I think there have been 185 to date this year.
At this point, not aware of any plans to shut things down for a week or two. Interesting too that the Blues have had a few players sick recently (Petro, Parayko, Kyrou).
Well sooner or later one of the two teams has to lose. The Blues have won 8 straight, the Avalanche have won 7 straight. I think it will be tough to hold off the Avalanche, who have two games in hand. It could very well come down to the final game of the season April 4 in Colorado. So I guess I say the Blues finish second in the Central. (I've been wrong before.)
The problem with Sanford dropping to the third is that both Perron and Tarasenko are right-wingers. So I don't know if that happens. IN an earlier answers I suggested having Vladi play on the third line with Steen and Bozak _ just for starters.
In terms of cardiovascular fitness, the hockey player is in better shape. Football players are stronger. No great insight there, right? I think hockey players are better at golf. From a media standpoint, there were maybe a couple of more jerks to deal with in football. But the vast, vast majority of football players were easy to deal with. No sure if this is what you're looking for.
I set my personal odds earlier in this chat at 60-40 he stays. Again, if the cap is at $88 million that helps a lot. If it rises to just $84 million _ from the current $81.6 million _ then it's still problematical.