Yes, I was the Post-Dispatch beat guy during all of Woody's tenure. It may be an online story only, but I'm currently working on a Woody retrospective. Did a lot of research _ refreshing my memory _ last night. (Hey, it was over 30 years ago.) Look for it in the next day or two.
Granted, I'm still kind of the new kid on the block. But it seems like the Blues have done a pretty good job finding mid_ to late-round picks who turn into serviceable or better NHL players. For example, 85 players were taken in the 2012 draft before the Blues took Parayko late in the third round; 168 players were taken before Sammy Blais was chosen in Round 6 in 2014. So yeah, maybe McGing goes earlier in the draft, but maybe just a round earlier. Let's see how McGing adjusts to the longer schedule, older players and higher skill level of the AHL next season.
Thanks for these names. We'll pass it along.
You raise some good points. And the longer this goes on, the more the economic pinch will be felt. But even if it's only arena's that are half full, or two-third full, it's still revenue for the league. And consider this: Let's assume there are no more regular season games. The Blues had 6 regular season games left when the shutdown occurred. Perhaps the Blues will give those people the option of using the ticket money already paid for those seats to buy playoff tickets. There's ways you could work it. If ticket sales lag.
Yes it would be strange. Heck, I found it strange driving past the subdivision pool _ open for business _ and seeing all the Memorial Day decorations on the lawns and housing when I left for Boston and the start of the Stanley Cup Final.
This is great. Not saying that anything will come of this, but I'm writing these names down.
Problem is, residents of the hot spot areas could end up traveling elsewhere in the country and infecting people. Until the virus calms down universally, I don't think that would be a good idea.
I think the NHL franchises will be OK, especially if we go back to normalcy next season. Not so sure about the AHL and ECHL franchises.
There you go. An update on Ed Kea. Sorry to hear of his passing.
I hear you Chris. Send me an email: email@example.com. I'd like to talk to you about that.
Prior to the MacKinnon injury, I would have expected the Avalanche to pass the Blues in the standings. Afterwards, I wasn't too sure. But I thought it would've stayed close, with possibly that April 4 season-ender at Stan Kroenke's place deciding the division.
Let's just assume you played every other day, that would be two weeks per series based on the assumption that the series would go seven days. And a month for two rounds.
Well, if there are no additional regular-season games played, the Blues would have to be the Central Division champs. They have the Avalanche both on points and winning percentage.
A shorter series I think would increase the likelihood of upsets. If you did that, I think you'd want the higher-seeded team having Games 1 and 2 at home.
How often do you wear it?
Not really. And the interest level here in St. Louis in the Blues is rabid. I've found it more ironic, if that's the right word here, to have covered St. Louis' only NFL champion as the Post-Dispatch beat writer and then covering St. Louis' only NHL champion 20 years later with the Blues.
You make a great point. I believe he had 8 _ eight _ seasons of 30-plus goals for the Blues. I meant to interview him during all-star week _ he was here for some alumni activities _ but never did catch up with him.
Is it Floyd Thompson you're referring to? Even more startling than life before helmets in the NHL, could you imagine goaltenders not wearing facemasks these days?
Don't know the answer on the uniform numbers. Speaking of the Rams, what did you think of their new logo, etc., design?
From all indications, the NHL absolutely, positively does not want a shorter season in 2020-21. And I think only as a last resort, the NHL would cancel everything remaining this season and start fresh next October.
Thanks for this. Entertaining and informative.
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