Point taken. Well stated. But in the case of Steen, I would say he has a pretty long track record of good play over his career that would give him a longer leash than rookies.
I sure don't think the Blues are trading Petro.
Yeah, Dunn was visibly upset in the locker room after practice although he didn't want to talk. I can't imagine Schmaltz is too happy about this.
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I hear you. I'm sure Yeo would counter that he's in the business of winning games. And if he doesn't see something he likes, he will make changes. And maybe this is just a one-game thing for Dunn. We'll see.
That is a possibility. As you probably know, if Thomas plays 10 games (or more) a year is removed from his entry-level contract. It's kind of like burning a redshirt year in college. I certainly could be wrong, but I think he stays with the big club. Don't know what another year in juniors would do for him. And at the moment, particularly with Fabbri still out of the lineup, I don't think there's anyone in San Antonio ready to step up.
Maybe I was oblivious as a rookie hockey writer. But I was not aware there was a rift last season between a Petro camp and a Steen camp. I certainly didn't sense anything like that. But I do know this. Regardless of the sport, losing does not breed happiness. This could be particularly true in the case of the Blues, where there are high expectations..
I think I answered it simply be saying I thought Kerber does a great job, and I was curious what others on the chat thought. I know Kerber does a lot of prep work. He's always at practice. And he cares a lot about his job, the team, this city.
Obviously you're entitled to your opinion. But I assure you, Kerber tries. And tries to keep the fans informed.
I'll just say no one was complaining about the Blues' chemistry and locker room tension when the team was tied for the overall NHL points lead in the second week of December (right when Jaden Schwartz got hurt).
Some people were just born with radio voices I guess. Have you ever heard Jim Holder on the radio? (Or back in the day he was the PA man at the TWA Dome.) Now that guy has some pipes.
There are people in the organization that really like Jerabek and his puck-moving ability. And the Blues, like the rest of the league, are trying to stress pace, tempo, puck movement. I believe the Blues are going on a strong recommendation from J.J. Daigneault, who is on their staff in San Antonio and was on the Montreal staff when Jerabek was there.
Not trying to be funny here. But aren't there ice guys as well when it comes to shoveling up the ice chips?
As we pause waiting for more questions, a strange schedule pause for the Blues at the start of the season. Play two games, then four days without a game. Team is anxious to get back on the ice in a game. The pace picks up starting with Calgary _ three games in four days. Back-to-back on Saturday, Sunday (I'm thinking Chad Johnson gets his first start in goal Sunday). All told Calgary begins a stretch off five games in 10 days.
Tarasenko has on the first unit (along with Dunn, and now Parayko). But Tarasenko moves around a lot, too, on the PP. He slides down to the wing, scored his power play goal against Chicago down in front of the net. Not sure on the second power play unit, which has consisted of Schwartz, Schenn, Perron, Steen, Petro.
They worked on a lot of things over the three days, and had some long practices _ by hockey standards _ on Monday and Tuesday. As we saw with Chicago on Saturday, and can see with the Carolina quick start, and also judging by that Calgary victory, what you saw last season from a team doesn't necessarily carry over to the next. From what I heard, Mike Smith was very strong in goal as well. The last thing the Blues should do is take the Flames lightly.
I think the Blues are trying to be more direct in their overall approach, downhill, and simpler on the power play. But as you mentioned they are still falling into some of those old bad habits. Even Tarasenko said after the Chicago game that they were trying to be too fancy at times. Even an old football writer knows this: It's impossible to score in hockey if you don't direct the puck towards the net.
Wow. A voice of reason on the Blues chat. Admirable. I think what we all need is some games to be played. And we'll get that tomorrow.
OK, I guess that does it for this week. Talk to you again next Wednesday. . . .from Montreal. Thanks for playing.
OK, we came back in the chat to answer this one. I believe we talked to Petro, the captain, after the Winnipeg game. And Tarasenko, the alternate captain, after the Chicago game. We have haven't gotten to Steen, the other alternate captain, yet this season. But he was a frequent postgame interview last season, particularly after losses. We simply did not request Steen after either of the first two games. (The way the Blues' postgame setup goes, the media requests 3 or 4 players after each game.) I do think the captain and alternates should realize they're going to be asked for after many, many games. It's part of their team leadership duties. I also think the starting goalie should realize he will be tapped for questions after many, many games. (We talked to Allen after Winnipeg, did not request him after Chicago.) Again it's part of the job description. Good question. OK, now we're leaving.