Right now, I don't think you can even entertain the idea of removing Sanford from the O'Reilly-Perron line. Not with 3 goals and 3 assists in 5 games. The other thing to consider is what kind of Fabbri will we see right away? I don't think anyone expects vintage Fabbri right off the bat.
In the NHL, if you see it you write it. There was more gray area in football. You stayed away from trick plays, specific personnel groupings that the football team was employing in practice because game-planning was so much more a part of football. But practice injuries, who was practicing, who wasn't, who was in the lineup _ that was all fair game.
I think that's debatable. (That Barby does them better.) And again, I don't think Sundqvist is in and Bouwmeester's out for the next 20 games _ this is nothing permanent. We've already seen Dunn benched, Bouwmeester benched, Thomas benched, Kyrou benched. It's just going to be that kind of season, especially if there aren't a lot of injuries creating openings for playing time.
Our online editor Mike Smith has suggested "No Cup Pup." Any other suggestions out there?
I've quickly learned that nothing Blues fans say surprises me. No GM has a perfect track record. (Although for a few years, Charley Armey was close with the Rams.) Not all of Doug Armstrong's moves have paid off. But a lot have. I think everyone was pretty excited with what he did in July, right? But all those moves certainly created high expectations, and right now the Blues aren't living up to those expectations. So I get the frustration. P.S. _ Kudos for the Mardy Gilyard reference. Talk about coming out of left field.
One of Spags' other favorites in that New England accent of his was: "I'm not going to go there." Until I started doing hockey, I tried to stay in touch with Spags _ you know a text here, a text there. A good man.
No. He was a longshot to make the team entering camp and exceeded expectations. I think the time in San Antonio will help him. Last year, the Blues had trouble filling out three quality lines, much less four _ in part because of injury. They haven't had nearly the amount of injury issues early this season as was the case a year ago. Right now, they have more depth than they can handle. Has led to some tough decisions.
I don't know if there's any Kroenkeitis going on at this point because both teams are winning.
Lesson No. 2 I learned about hockey: You never say never when it comes to line changes.
No, he's got three more games.
I didn't say it's a crazy question. It's a good question. Again, this isn't the end of Ivan Barbashev as we know him.
Trust me, I get it. And Barbashev stayed in St. Louis almost all of the summer instead of going back to Russia to work and train here. But Sundqvist has also worked hard in the offseason, gotten lighter, gotten quicker, and worked hard to come back from the Tom Wilson-induced injuries.
This just in: Fabbri, Gunnarsson, Soshnikov have all been removed from IR. They are now on the active roster. All available for Thursday against Vegas, although based on Weds. practice only Fabbri of the three will play.
I must confess, I haven't done any research in this area.
You know, I think I'm flipping on this one. Unless there are some injuries in the next week or two, or Thomas starts scoring goals and getting assists, I think he goes back to juniors. I'm not sure that would really help his long-term development but he would get lots of minutes and get to play in the World Juniors.