Agreed. There is and will always be only one person who was the first to raise the Stanley Cup for St. Louis. His name is Alex Pietrangelo.
Hmmmm. Of course you have to look beyond '21-22 and I haven't done that.
Why are there always rumors surrounding Parayko. Every year. I think the Blues like Parayko. A lot.
I should've had the TV on _ with the sound off, of course _ while doing the chat.
Yeah, I saw that Luke was in the lineup last night.
Doesn't sound like Allen at all.
Yeah, we have. But I don't think there was anything in relation to what adjustments they needed to make in the bubble to improve their play on the ice. The bubble was the bubble. The lockdown was strict, and there was only so much the players could do. At least a couple of players mentioned that bubble life was much more bearable once they got into the Vancouver series and were playing games every other day. Actually, more than every other day. It felt more like a regular road trip (minus the city-to-city travel) at that point. But all of the players seemed to agree that it took them too long to get to their game, that they should've gotten more out of the round-robin. And some energy and compete level was missing.
Normally I do. (With sound off.) But I just forgot to flip on the TV today.
And even then, I don't think it makes much sense. Especially for a team that prides himself on being built from the back end out.
In a way, yes, in terms of how Armstrong views this coming season. Other than Pietrangelo and any corresponding moves the team might have to make to keep him, Armstrong made it sound like the roster basically would return intact. They don't really have the cap room to make anything happen otherwise. He did talk about this being a big year for Kyrou _ especially with Tarasenko's situation. And how Mikkola (he mentioned him specifically and not Perunovich) could step in right away in a world without Petro. Berube said Thomas had room to grow into a top six role.
I don't think that's fully determined until after this current round of the playoffs concludes.
Don't know for sure. Both Berube and Armstrong mentioned speaking with each player after the playoffs concluded, and how each player also spoke with the trainers. But I don't know if that had to be done in St. Louis, or could be done via Zoom or phone.
Again, not sure, but think it's determined after the current round of the playoffs concludes.
You can only be over by 10 percent during the offseason.
Some clarification for Tom and Matt on Blues draft order. The Blues will draft 26th if Boston is eliminated by Tampa Bay in this round. They will pick 27tth if Boston advances.
I'm gonna say Vegas in six. I'm sure the Golden Knights were a little surprised by Game 2 last night, but will adjust. (I wonder if they stay with Lehner or go to Fleury in Game 3?)
Yeah, it certainly was tough for the Central time zone teams. And since the Blues play in the Western Conference, it's hard to see how this gets completely rectified in the future. There are always going to be playoffs where they could be playing a Vancouver, or San Jose, or Vegas, etc. And it was even worse this year, since there were no home games. You'd have to think at least for those games at Enterprise, the Blues might've gotten some earlier starts.
Yes, the Canucks certainly dominated special teams play, especially in those first two games of the series. And Markstrom certainly was the best goalie _ hands down.
OK, we've breezed through 2 1/2 hours worth of questions and cleaned out the queue. Now's your chance to be heard if you want to get a question in.
OK, thanks to one and all for your participation on the chat this season. It should be another interesting _ but short offseason. I'm going to take some time off here for the next few weeks. Look for the estimable Tom Timmermann in this space next week.