Yeah, but what if the league decides otherwise?
All either postponed indefinitely or cancelled altogether. Doug Armstrong told me last week that all his scouts, etc., are at home because "there's nothing to watch." The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) _ which consists mainly, but not exclusively, of teams from Russia _ was the last biggie to follow suit. The KHL, which is in its postseason already _ it starts and ends earlier than the NHL _ announced yesterday that it is postponing play until at least April 10.
Thanks for your input and the info on pro hockey in Peoria. Until there is some concrete sign that the virus is slowing down _ and a resumption doesn't seem anywhere on the horizon at this point _ it's hard to speculate on when or whether this hockey season actually gets finished. If I were a betting man, I'd have to say that this hockey season is over. But again, it's a fast-moving landscape. Last Wednesday, that Blues game in Anaheim, seems like it was a month ago..
One of the things that helped the Blues win the Cup was the "team" unity and unselfish "team" attitude. I think the prevailing opinion, which came from the highest levels of the organization down, was that we're doing this out of respect for the office of the president, regardless of how we may feel about the current occupant of the White House. Another thing to point out, the Blues I believe had only two U.S. players visit the White House (MacEachern and Sanford) Faulk did not attend _ he told me he went out for a long, late lunch instead. (Remember, though, he did not attend any of the Blues' post-Cup ceremonies, etc., because he was not on that team.) So it's safe to assume that most if not all the Canadians, Swedes, Russians on the team were not engaged or invested in U.S. politics. I had no one on the team tell me they had a problem with the visit.
I think there's some truth to what you're saying. Another factor that should be considered _ and Jeff Gordon and I talked about this on this week's Net Front Presence podcast which we recorded today _ the Blues' physical, checking grinding style isn't the easiest style to play. It seemed to me that it took the Blues several games into the regular season to get into their style this season _ even with training camp and the preseason games. So if there are no regular-season games prior to any re-start of the season, and we go straight to playoff games, I think the Blues would be at a disadvantage as compared to a team that relies more on just skating and skill. By the time they got worked into their style of play in a series, the series might be over. At least that's my theory (and Jeff's) as a possibility.
Just a programming note: Lots of questions today. As always, I will attempt to answer each and every one. I've got nothing but time. So if you have a question in mind, don't be shy.
They say they don't. And if they do, they haven't made it public. But at least some players have indicated per the Seravalli report, that they would be all right with a resumption of play as late as August.
Well, except for the opening round, those games were not on FSM, so I would think they'd have to get permission from NBC to air.
For one, I don't think the season will be back by June 1. But if it were, I would play the remainder of the regular season. That would take us until three weeks into June. Play a full playoff, that would take us into early September. Take the rest of September and October off. Return Nov. 1 with a condensed schedule that's aided somewhat by having no all-star game.
To my knowledge, no. You're only supposed to be tested if you show symptoms. And to my knowledge, no Blues have shown symptoms at this point.
Steen remains a valuable third/fourth-line player. It's just that third_ and fourth-liners usually don't make $5.75 million a year. And as you know, the Blues are very tight against the cap for the 2020-21 season. The problem is, unless you trade Steen you're "stuck" with Steen's cap money whether he's playing for you or not. And at this point in his distinguished career, he probably doesn't have much trade value. He contract expires after the 2020-21 season.
Yeah, I would think there would be voting on awards. I would say, Pietrangelo has a chance to be a Norris Finalist.
I'm not much on the video games these days. But it sounds like fun.
In a great hockey market like St. Louis, I would say the interest would be increased. And why wouldn't it be, with the team in prime contention for another Cup? And I think in general this might be the case, because this isn't a situation where there was a strike or lockout and fans were angry at greedy owners or greedy players. This is simply, as the late-great Post-Dispatch baseball writer Neal Russo used to say, a situation where it was an "AOG" _ act of God.
Perhaps. But there are periods in a normal season where they're in competition with the NBA, NHL and MLB.
I hear you. But again, it's not our decision.