Hello again everybody. I actually got in the car today, to pick up a prescription for my wife and drop something into the mailbox. What an adventure!
Hope some of you enjoyed the Garry Unger piece from the other day. We plan to run a "Where are they now?" piece on a former Blues player about once a week. Your suggestions were very helpful on this, and some of them will lead to stories in the future.
I'll add them to the list.
I like it a lot. In an ideal world that would be the points system.
1.) I'm eating too much. 2.) Not enough exercise, though I'm trying. 3.) Really miss hockey. When I mentioned this to Doug Armstrong about a week or two ago, he joked that the Blues had officially made me a convert. 4.) I like being around people. 5.) I'm driving my wife crazy. I think the secret to our marriage is that as a sportswriter covering Mizzou, then the Rams/NFL and now Blues/NHL is that I'm not home a lot. Our 37th wedding anniversary is today and if shelter-at-home is in place for much longer, I'm not sure if we'll see 38!
But on the plus side of shelter at home: 1.) Our dogs are loving the companionship. 2.) I get to call and stay in touch with family.
If I had to bet, I'd say hockey season is done. But the NHL still has some time on its side. In an interview yesterday Gary Bettman mentioned playing summer hockey _ that's the first time I've heard him mention it. But he also mentioned for the first time the possibility of not playing any more regular season games. As for right now, the NHL is basically in a holding pattern, waiting to see if the coranavirus dies down substantially. The NHL does not have to rush a decision at this point.
No, I don't think it would crush the ownership group. Winning the Stanley Cup made them some money. A cancellation of the rest of this season, I've been told, would result in a loss of about 20 percent of the NHL's normal revenue, league-wide. Of longer-range concern is whether the Blues lose some advertising and sponsorships after hockey returns. I think the fans will come back.
If there are fans in the stands, I wouldn't think so. There would still be thousands of people sitting next to each other, and breathing on each other.
Is it? Well it makes the most sense to me. I think a regulation win should bring more a reward than an OT or shootout victory.
I enjoy it. I realize it's a little more of a crap shoot, and maybe favors the better-skating team, but I think it's very entertaining to me.
I can tell you this Martha, . .that's one guy I definitely have on the radar.
I thought they'd draw pretty well and be among the XFL attendance leaders. I didn't think they'd draw as many fans as they did. Too bad we didn't get to see that LA game _ might've had 40,000 in the dome that day.
It's not much of a list. Besides Petro, it includes Brouwer, Bouwmeester, and Scandella. You would think Bouwmeester retires. Brouwer won't be back. And I think the Blues are in the Scandella market only if Petro doesn't return.
The Jimmy John's arrived just as this chat started.(No. 8, barbecue chips, oatmeal raisin cookie). Also do some Bread Co., (French onion soup, tuna fish sandwich) as well as an Oakville favorite _ the Blarney Stone (steak sandwich, chili)
Yes, I talked to Berube yesterday (the story is scheduled for Friday) and he said _ and I quote _ "Vladi's healed up and ready to go." Now, we all expected Tarasenko to return to action the third week of March when the Blues would've gone on a four-game road trip, but I think we all realized that was a little bit of a rush job. Well, it no longer is a rush job. Berube also said that Sundqvist was good to go. (Remember, he sustained an upper-body injury in the Anaheim game.) So if the playoffs started today _ as was supposed to be the case _ the Blues would have their full complement of players on available.
You're too kind. As mentioned earlier, we'll have a Berube story for Friday. (You won't believe what he was doing when I caught up with him.) And for Saturday, I believe that's the publish date, DIck Vermeil is going to unusual lengths to keep his wine business going during the coronavirus.
Yes, I think this is possible. The problem there is that you're not getting ticket revenue _ and the NHL is much more dependent on ticket revenue than the other major sports. So I would think this would be pretty far down on the list of options for the NHL.