No, I haven't seen or heard anything since those reports a month ago that he was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Capfriendly.com, which is a pretty impressive site, lists the Blues as $150,116 under.
I like it. I give it a 7.5 on a scale of 10.
He was no Boy Scout. The lasting memory that any of us who covered the Gilyard Era with the Rams is that he didn't like to wear clothes, even to the point that some of his teammates would tell him in the locker room to put some clothes on. There was an NFL films scene in New Orleans, I believe, after the Rams got their first win under Stan Kroenke (since Kroenke became controlling owner). All the players were gathered around Kroenke, he was getting the game ball, the NFL cameras were clicking and whirling (as the late, great Bryan Burwell would say), and Gilyard was standing about three feet from Kroenke during the "ceremony" _ naked.
Barbashev did throw some good lefts.
Not sure what his specific duties entail. Yes, he's active in practice. See him talking to players all the time. I think he's the team's eye-in-the-sky on game days, sitting up at press box level. You may recall hearing/reading that during a couple of the games in which Robert Thomas was a healthy scratch, Thomas watched with him in the box.
Yeah, I heard about that. Not holding my breath. I'm a hockey writer now.
Well almost all of the athletes put some clothes on when the open locker period begins. But not Mardy.
I would think we'll do some stuff on the team as the season progresses. Not sure who the beat writer is for the San Antonio Express. Funny thing is, during that interview, Kostin gave fairly long answers in Russian. The translations were much shorter.
You might want to check with our Dave Matter (aka The Shark) on that one. I was in the press box at Enterprise Center when that all went down.
Which is a good time for me to repeat my Blues pledge: I will not retire until the Blues win the cup. (I can see the headline now: "Blues Win Cup; 95-year-old Beat Writer Retires")
I didn't really get to see the first go-round with Sobotka _ I was covering the Rams then. So it's hard for me to say. His offense actually was better last season, at least based on the numbers. But those who had been around the team longer said his play wasn't nearly as physical.
I don't really have a feel for that. Jeff Gordon's Friday chat is always a good place to visit for such questions. It's an intriguing thought though. But you're talking about a cap hit of $5.8 million, and the Blues have next to no cap room. So there would have to be a related move to create some cap space.
Thanks for that info. And yes, the Blues have certainly had their share of Hall of Fame coaches and players come through the door over the years.
I did not see Sergeev in person. But I was told that he looked so out of shape when he reported for camp that the Blues didn't even have him take part in the conditioning test.
Thanks for that. Recovery time from a torn meniscus generally is much quicker than say for a torn ACL. But yeah, it will take him a while to be healthy.
I would say pretty businesslike, pretty normal this week. And yes, pre-Chicago I still sensed a heavy mood in the room. Which is one of the reasons I wasn't expecting much against the Blackhawks.
That's an interesting comparison. Although I do think Tarsenko does have some pretty good talent around him this season.
OK, that was a pretty quick three hours. Thanks for joining, and we'll see you all next Wednesday, 1 p.m.