The Blues love their big defensemen, so he'll fit in there. He could be a quality addition, though we'll have to see how he adapts to the NHL. Give him a year and see how it goes, but the team is high on him. And all the young defensemen are playing for next season; barring injury, this year's group is pretty much set. Schmaltz's contract is proof of that.
So here's the problem: Unless they win the division, they're playing Nashville or Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs. So making the playoffs is one thing, getting out of the first round, or the second round, is another. I'll have to see how the season plays out before committing on that, but Nashville and Winnipeg both continue to look like very good teams. And with the level of play in the Central, those playoff series can wipe you out, even if you do win.
Well, the press box is exactly the same, so my level of enthusiasm is limited. Seems like it should be nicer for the fans. I'll be curious to see how many people hang around the Biergarten after the game before going home. The Blues are hoping it's like a Ballpark Village within the building. Seats are bigger, it's brighter, more places to spend your money. The building was getting old. It needed some work.
O'Reilly, Schenn, Bozak, Thomas, in that order.
First period of the first game or third period? You can take any of the top nine forwards, through them in the Cuisinart and come out with something you can make a case for. For starters, it will likely be Maroon-O'Reilly-Tarasenko, Schwartz-Schenn-Perron, Steen-Bozak-Fabbri, That should be good for the first 15 minutes
Give Kostin some time. He's played in North America, for one season, as a teenager. Waiting will only help him. The Blues have played youngsters before. Jaden Schwartz's first full season came at 20. Tarasenko broke in at 21. The team kept Fabbri rather than send him back to juniors. Thomas will likely do the same. I've made the case in the past that you don't want to throw five or six youngsters into action at once, unless you're not concerned about how the season goes. And the Blues are very concerned about how their seasons go. This is a team that can't afford a rebuilding season.
He could be, since the top two pairings seem likely to be filled by Pietrangelo, Edmundson, Parayko and Dunn. If he's higher than that, he's pushing someone good out of the way.
Last call before I take the dog for a walk.
About a third of the bottle
Thanks one and all for your cooperation and assistance today. The graphics staff will have edited Jim's picture back into the logo for next week, where we'll have had several days of camp, and even a game to gnaw on and obsess about. As a reminder, you can also find our Net Front Presence podcast elsewhere on this site, which is a lot like the chat, though with Jeff Gordon asking the question. And it's easier to deal with while you're driving. Camp opens up on Friday at the IceZone at Hazelwood, they're on the ice at 10 a.m., and then on Saturday, they'll be on the ice at Enterprise Center, and they'll open the doors so you can come in and see the building. Until then, take care.