Hello again everybody. I'm in Day 4 of quarantine _ or self-isolation _ in Edmonton as mandated by the NHL. I watched the Blues scrimmage today via stream. The Blues are scheduled to leave Sunday for Edmonton, they will play Chicago in an exhibition game one week from today. Looks like this is going to happen, folks. We'll gladly entertain your questions.
Couldn't agree more. I don't know why the league doesn't follow the MLB example and leave it up to the player to decide if he's OK with releasing the fact that he has tested positive. I don't think it's any kind of badge of shame. And using that as a blanket to "hide" actual injuries isn't a good look, either. But we'll see what happens as this goes forward.
Everybody has been on the ice for the Blues over the last week except for Dunn. And I'm hearing he could be return as early as Friday. We'll see. So the prognosis looks good, bur as Berube mentioned after today's scrimmage, the Blues are kind of sweating out these last few days before they depart for Edmonton, keeping their fingers crossed that everyone stays safe as is able to get on the plane Sunday. (At least that's when I think they're scheduled to leave.)
I think the league is paying for COVID-19 testing once the teams reach the hub city. But I would assume the team is paying for everything else, or at least following normal playoff protocol.
Thanks. I'm trying to have some fun with them, although as the monotony builds, I'm not sure I'll be able to keep them going every day. As for the broadcasters, I know the Blues team will not be in the building. I think that's the same for NBC. And would assume it's the same for Blues radio.
Was that you on the earlier question? Glen. As I mentioned below, I think it's all going to be virtual broadcasting _ radio and TV.
Nice. Could be wrong, but I thought I saw on Twitter somewhere earlier today that NBC broadcasters would be doing their work remotely.
We will be in the press box. No in-person interviews.
Yes, post-game press conferences via zoom, and more importantly, no press box food! (I'll have to pack a sandwich.)
I guess I see your point. But it was my understanding that this could also be considered a career achievement award. And even if you don't return play, isn't surviving an episode like that a form of perseverance? I don't think anyone can deny Bouwmeester's sportsmanship and dedication to the game. And he was having a very good season prior to Feb. 11.
Send nothing but your well wishes. And there's nothing like seeing a game live.
Well, he's still logging big minutes averaging 20:34 minutes a game. There are situations in games where he's paired with Pietrangelo _ such as when the Blues are trailing. Petro, Parayko, Bouwmeester (before his cardiac episode) and Faulk were all getting 20-plus minutes a game. Berube found a way to make that happen. So even if he's on the No. 3 pairing, Berube is finding a way to get him minutes. Also, he's there with Dunn partly because the Blues are top-heavy on right-handers. I think you can argue that that Pietrangelo, Parayko and Faulk are still the team's top 3 defensemen _ and they're all righties _ pairing Faulk with Dunn is a way to have 3 right-lefty pairings.
Testing lab capacity and supplies are not an issue in Canada, which is a big reason why the two hub cities are Edmonton and Toronto. But as for testing in the U.S. of hockey players during Phase 3 and Phase 4, yes, I would have a problem if athletes were getting tested at the expense of the average citizen..
Thx for the recommendations! I've been pretty busy up here so far. Not much free time, as i get organized and try to work ahead. And once the playoffs start, not sure there will be a whole lot of downtime. Although I did watch some TV the other night. A History Channel-style document on First Nations history. Pretty interesting.
Thx for this. As I mentioned, it's my understanding that this award is not just for what happened in the season at hand.
The team certainly seems to bond well on the word. I think the expectation is that some of that will translate into these unique hub city/bubble circumstances.
Players can't be exposed to the expansion draft unless they're under contract. So in the case of Bozak and Schwartz, whose contracts are scheduled to expire after next season, they couldn't be put on the expansion list. They would just be pending free agents.
There seems to be a sense here in Edmonton that the OIlers could make a deep run. We'll see. I think they have a little bit more depth. I think they're a little better on defense than recent teams. But I think it's still a matter of: stop or limit McDavid and Draisaitl and you have a pretty good chance of beating the Oilers.