I seem to see a trend developing here. (I'm assuming you're talking about not awarding a Cup if no playoffs take place.)
I wasn't really aware of the SPHL until it was brought up today in this chat. Sounds like Peoria is a pretty good hockey town.
Don't know what to tell you on this. There were four females that were part of officiating crews during prospect tournaments this past September. (including in Traverse City, Mich., where the Blues play.) So that's a step in the right direction. I liked the idea of the all-female broadcasting crew working the Blues-Blackhawks game on NBCSN. But obviously, more needs to be done.
Interesting subject. And I must confess my league-wide knowledge of NHL GMs is somewhat limited. I'd have to give that some thought. I would suggest asking Gordo on his Friday chat.
Well, per league rules, he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent since it's been two seasons since he was drafted by the Blues (and he has yet to sign a contract.) I have no idea whether he's still leaning towards the Blues or wants to explore the market.
I'm sure that's definitely one of the possibilities, but the NHL is so dependent on ticket revenue, if they can squeeze those games in, they will.
I think the vast majority of people connected with the league _ players, front office, ownership _ would prefer to play in front of a crowd.
My wife, who's a pretty ardent fan, watched the game and said it just seemed like a regular broadcast to her.
If you took October off, concluding the playoffs sometime in September, you could still have free agency. It is after all a very condensed period normally in July, with the exception of restricted free agency, which normally is a more strung out affair _ so you'd have to make some adjustments there. As for training camp, you'd need very little I think, since the layoff would only be about a month or so.
I know Centene is closed. Not sure about any other rinks.
We've discussed it a lot throughout our chat today, and I think it has definite possibilities. Assuming of course this virus is under control by then.
I would think only those players who have trouble keeping weight off during the offseason. And judging by the fitness of the Blues in recent seasons when they report to camp, I don't think that should be a problem. Although the options when it comes to gyms and places to skate are limited at this time due to the virus.
Yes, much more of a fan on my free time. Not that there's much free time in season. But I'll watch at least part of a stray game (not involving the Blues) from time to time. Or watch the NHL Network just to see the highlights. As I've mentioned numerous times, I'm missing football less than I thought I would (although it was great covering the St. Louis XFL opener in Dallas!) and enjoying hockey much more than I thought I would.,
I'm sure the purist will have problems no matter the setup _ if it's different in any noticeable way from the traditional format. But I think most fans will take it for what it is _ an attempt to award the Cup under less than ideal conditions. In that sense, there might be an asterisk attached to this Cup champion, if it indeed gets awarded. The NHL has maintained it will strive to award the Cup in a way that maintains the integrity of the sport and the championship. We'll see.
OK, we've gone through our run of questions. If you want to ask a question, now's your chance.
And while we wait for a few minutes to see if there are any other questions, here's this: Someone asked on a recent chat if I knew what kind of gum Craig Berube chews. I asked about this after the morning skate on March 11 in Anaheim _ the last morning skate before the NHL suspended play. His answer: 5 Green gum. He said he only chews during games and practices (including morning skates, etc.) So there you have it.
OK. looks like that it's from here. Thanks for all your questions. Stay safe. Until next Wednesday. . . .