Doug Armstrong has never used a buyout since he's been with the Blues. And a buyout really doesn't free up all that much. They'd have to make at least a couple of other substantial moves. As to your other point, I'm not much of a believer in conspiracy theories. But we'll see.
As for Parayko, I think he was one of the COVID-19 players. Armstrong mentioned that all of the team's positive cases experienced symptoms, including in some cases significant weight loss. Didn't Parayko look a lot lighter to to you? As for Sundqvist, not sure what to say there. But he certainly wasn't on his game.
I'm sure Joe was just playing around. I wouldn't think 2 minutes _ if it was 2 minutes _ would matter that much. But I'm flattered that it does.
There obviously is some uncertainty about the next NHL season, but the working plan right now calls for an early December start. Will they allow some fans in the stands at that point? And how much would that help team owners? Obviously, I don't think any of us expect things to be back to normal in December. So yeah, there's some things that need to be sorted out at the end of this season.
Yeah, it does. Parayko and Dunn, two players who were thought to have COVID, didn't look right in the series, that's for sure. But it certainly shouldn't be a blanket excuse. The Blues were up 3-1 in the second period of Game 5 _ in position to get a stranglehold on the series _ and let it slip away. As for contracting COVID-19, I'm not going to be judgemental there. I don't know the circumstances of how the players contracted the virus, and I think there are cases where you seemingly could do everything right and still get it.
I see where you're coming from. I think the Blues can still be a strong, contending team without Pietrangelo. There are younger defensemen such as Mikkola and Perunovich, who are knocking on the door. That being said, Pietrangelo has been such a cornerstone of the team and a good leader, that you hate to see him go. And there's no doubt the offense is affected without him.
Interesting that you should mention that. My wife enjoys watching sports on TV but she always has to have a team to root for. And a reason why she should root for that team. So I have mentioned Vegas and Tampa Bay to her for the very reasons you mention. We certainly don't want Stan Kroenke's Avs doing much, right? It's the Flyers over the Islanders in that series due to the Mike Yeo factor. (As someone coming into the beat cold 3 years ago,, he treated me well.) I've gotta say though, the Canucks are fun to watch. (Too soon?)
Kerry, check out the answer below. We definitely have kind of a pecking order in the Thomas household. I've enjoyed the bubble hockey.
I would've said Vegas until last night. But I'm still gonna say Vegas and Tampa Bay in the Cup Final, with Tampa taking the Cup.
Remember the Maroon T-Shirt: "Chubby but effective." It would be great theater if Maroon got the best of the Bruins once again.
You could have a point there.
Simply stated, if the Blues don't sign Petro, they can afford to bring Allen back.
Yes. I think that almost have to have that as your mindset on Vladi _ that you can't count on him for next season. But Armstrong can say it with a straight face because the Blues have already shown they can do it. Again, they had their highest-scoring season in more than a quarter of a century without having Tarasenko for 61 of 71 games.
True, do not know if Sundqvist was one of the COVID-19 players. And while it's true that he did bounce around on lines, he did that a lot in the regular season and still flourished.
So I' guessing you were in the camp hoping that Steen retired?
People need to relax with the whole window closing due to how they played in Edmonton. This was an odd year and they played awesome during the regular season. The Blues will be contenders for years to come, especially if the young kids come up and play up to their hype.
I believe Armstrong said after the O'Reilly trade that he thought the team had a five-year window. This completes two years of that five-year window. I think Armstrong's probably a pretty good judge of these matters, so I think they are still in that "contenders" window even with the Tarasenko issue.