Hello again everybody. Phase 2 starting this week in the NHL, but not in St. Louis. Hope you caught our stories on Erik Foley and Oskar Sundqvist. One year anniversary of Stanley Cup coming Friday. Next Blues "Where are they now?" is scheduled for Thursday on one of the orignal Blues Frank St. Marseille. So what's on your mind today. Let's get to it.
Well, money has a lot to do with it. Specifically TV dollars. Cancelling the season would affect owners' bottoms lines as well as the salary cap for players. I also think there's the history of the league factoring in as well. Only twice in over 100 years has there not been a Cup awarded. Once because of the lockout and once because of the Spanish flu in 1918.
The window is open. And I do think the Blues are set up to be legit Cup contenders for the next few years. Don't know if a repeat puts the Blues in the category of the recent Penguins or Blackhawks champsionship teams. I think around the league, just about everyone (outside of Boston) thought the Blues winning the Cup was a fun story, they were happy for the team, its fans and the organization. But I also think there was a sense that _ I don't knnow _ maybe their victory was a little fluky. If they repeat, it will show that 2018-19 was no fluke. But will some still view the Cup winner this season with an asterisk because of the coronavirus pause and the 24-team playoff format? I guess what I'm saying is I think the Blues remain a little underrated in my opinion in the hockey world.
Yes, unfortunately it looks like Foley's career is over. Although I will say that Dallas defenseman Stephen Johns returned this season after missing 22 months with headaches and post-concussion syndrome. As for his contract, yes, he gets his full signing bonus and also gets his salary as an injured player.
I understand where you're coming from. And I don't think there's any way that the 2020-21 season can start on time _ and depending on how late the NHL gets started this summer perhaps the schedule will be altered for a year or two after that. But imagine if you're a member of the Blues. (Or any other team in the posteason field) You only have so many years of your career. Team-wise, in the salary cap era, windows of opportunity stay open for only so long; if you have confidence in the health and safety measures of a return to play, why would you want to just pass on a chance to win the Cup? In a sense it would seem like a wasted year if the season was just canceled.
I did a story earlier during the coronavirus pause on a Blues mural ("Market Street Dream") commissioned to noted sports artist Rick Rush by a St. Louis businessman. One of the featured details on the mural is that amazing goal by Tarasenko. I think Tarasenko is more than capable of keeping up his scoring pace over the next 3 to 5 years. I think you have to be concerned, however, about injuries. He's had 2 shoulder surgeries and a knee procedure over the past three seasons. Is his body starting to wear down? Since both surgeries were on the same shoulder, will that turn into a chronic-type injury?
Steen can be a tough interview because he doesn't suffer fools and he can be very wound up after a loss. (Intense) Schwartz seems to be genuinely media shy. But the vast majority of players are good interviews. I would rank Jake Allen, Vince Dunn high on my list because of their sincerity and honesty. And of course, Jordan Binnington gets high marks because you're never quite sure what he might say.. On the media cooperation scale, I'd give Ryan O'Reilly and Brayden Schenn high marks.
To my knowledge, I don't think playoff invoices were sent out for season-ticket holders.
I think this could be a real issue, although I don't think it's front burner right now with the NHL as they try to get their own ship in order. Perhaps NHL teams can have larger rosters _ like a taxi squad. But that's only going to help so much if the prospects can't get in games.
I don't see why that's a good idea. So you start in January, right when the football playoffs are in full bloom and you overlap with baseball for two extra months in the summer. Plus, a lot of people like to be outdoors in the summer, or vacationing. I wonder what that would do to the TV ratings.
Well, he got my top vote for the Masterton, which I sent in earlier this week. (It's a separate ballot than the other NHL awards.) And you vote for 3 finalists, ranking them 1, 2, and 3. I think he's very deserving. And irrespective of his life threatening cardiac arrest in Anaheim. He was our St. Louis nominee last year as well. It would be a fitting cap to an outstanding career.
Of course, they want him to be more physical. That's basically a prerequisite to playing for Berube. And I think Parayko did get more physical last year, although I'm sure the Blues would like him to turn it up another notch.
Yes. I think I might have seen one or two while covering basketball games there in past years. (MVC tourney, Busch Braggin' Rights.) On a related note, at an MVC game at the Arena, there was a player at the free-throw line who got buzzed by a flying pigeon during the game.
Which commenators said that? I agree that Pietrangelo is the better player overall but Parayko is a still-ascending player. Parayko has a harder shot and is a faster skater than Pietrangeo. Pietrangelo has better instincts I think, and is a better passer. They're both very good defensively, although their defensive styles are different. And I agree with your point that Parayko has the potential to be a 50-point guy if he got steady time on the power play, especially if it were on the No. 1 unit.
In general, I agree with you. One of the Blues' greatest assets is their depth, and depth pays off the most over the long haul. If/when hockey returns, there really won't be a long haul. Another Blues strength as you point it, is their physical, grinding style of play. Since all these teams will have had about 4 months off or so, it will take a lot of grinding and pounding to wear the opponents down over such a compressed tie span.
Has it been established that he even wants to play? And if the aswser is "yes," how much does he have left at age 35 and coming off ankle surgery.
I think he should be a strong candidate, once again, for the GM of the year award. (But that's not an award that the Pro Hockey Writers vote on.)