I wasn't on the beat at the time, but I think they had too many goalies -- Halak and Elliott were the guys in net at the time of his trade -- and didn't think they would have a place to play him. (Allen was next up in the pipeline.) They got a draft pick that turned out to be Thomas Vannelli, so you're right in saying they didn't get anything for him. That's one of those moves that, in retrospect, was a key juncture for the team.
I do not know. The suspense mounts.
I would think they would lay lumber on Tarasenko and Perron and Thomas if they can catch him. The last time the Blues played Winnipeg, the game turned on Jordan Nolan slamming into Laine, which seemed to take him out of his game. (Laine almost immediately took a penalty for shoving Robert Bortuzzo.) So they'll make sure Laine gets a reminder, I'm sure.
Somewhere, either in Minnesota or Canada, Mike Yeo is sitting around saying, "If only they had given me more time." There's a definite case to be made that this team just needed time, and that eventually, once they sorted things out, would play well. That's why Armstrong didn't tear the team apart when they were struggling. He knew the talent was there for this team to thrive. But there's also the reality that, while the team was still getting its act together, it wasn't playing as well as you would want a team in that situation to be playing. So if on a scale of 1 to 100, if you would say a team that is still jelling would be a 50, the Blues at times looked like a 25. And the coaching change, and some harsh words from the GM, may have sped up that jelling. And, as the season bore out, the Blues couldn't afford to wait much longer for that to happen if they were to make the playoffs. The Blues made the playoffs with nine points to spare. So if their rebirth was delayed another two weeks, that may have kept them out.
You look through years of old Jordan Binnington tweets in hopes of finding something like that.
It hasn't been "announced" per se, but it will be the same lineup we've usually seen. Sanford and Edmundson are in. No Fabbri or Gunnarsson. And Binnington in goal.
As I said on the podcast, as Larry Pleau said to me about 1,000 times, "You can never have too many defensemen." The issue right now is, if the Blues want to play Mitch Reinke next season, someone has to come out, because you've got Pietrangelo, Dunn, Parayko, Bouwmeester, Edmundson (after he gets his new contract) and Bortuzzo signed. You could scratch Bortuzzo - they've certainly done it before. It would make no sense for Reinke (or whoever else wins that competition) to be the seventh guy. At the same time, I can pretty much assure you someone is going to get hurt. Someone always does. But does that mean Reinke (or Defenseman X) starts the season at San Antonio and then gets called up when the inevitable happens?
That Cardinals press conference might have to do with Matt Carpenter.
I would imagine he did it for a lot of people.
I look at a lot of things when evaluating or trying to figure something out. When writing, I don't go too far past Corsi, because I think that's achieved wide enough acceptance and is easily explained. And I've looked at enough entries in game reports on how far goals were scored from that are massively inaccurate -- I think it was a Brayden Schenn wraparound goal that was listed as being from 15 feet -- that I have to view expected goals with some hesitancy. I think over the course of the year, it probably evens out and it all becomes relative, but I use it more for my personal use than in writing. But if you look at charts of Blues expected goals, it gives you a pretty good feel for when this team started improving.
This has certainly been how I've felt for some time. It's the good side for the Blues of not winning the division. They don't have to face Dallas yet.
For anything but my most innocuous posts -- Blues going on the power play, that type of thing -- I stare at them and stare at them before hitting the Post button, and think how can this look bad or how can this be misinterpreted. And I then delete a bunch of them for fear they will be read the wrong way, even if they weren't meant that way. That is probably not a course of action taken by most 18 year olds.
You're welcome. It looks like the painful, agonizing yet fulfilling slog is the easy winner.
I think, barring injuries, Fabbri's legs are going to stay fresh, though Berube said today that they liked what they saw of Fabbri in his recent two-game return. They like Sanford's size and that they can use him on the penalty kill.
Few things have looked like they can faze Binnington.
Consistency is something Berube has done well. As I said in the podcast this week -- and this by no means means you shouldn't listen to it -- I thought he would go back to Edmundson with Pietrangelo and Dunn on the third pairing, but he's stuck with the pairings that players have gotten comfortable with. A lot of Yeo's changing was the result of desperation. He needed the team won start winning and was looking for anything that would do it. Berube, maybe because he had the interim tag when he got the job and seemed a longshot to become the coach full time, was able to take a longer term approach. But don't forget: Berube was the associate head coach. He could have kicked someone's tail back then if he wanted to.
I would think that as soon as the season ends, Berube will want an answer from Armstrong, because of all the jobs that are out there. Now, if the Blues go on a long run, those jobs might not be there any more, but at that point, Berube will have locked up the Blues job. But at this point in time, I don't see a way Berube doesn't get the job unless, as I've said a few times about Binnington being in goal, he goes out and robs a liquor store.
This would be a series where I don't think we'll hear someone say, Well, the NHL always looks out for Winnipeg, of course they get the calls.
Armstrong said there would be no more signings until the season was over, but didn't specify if that applied to the coach as well as to players.
I should send these reminders out before I run out of questions so I don't have an awkward pause like this, though my life seems to be a series of awkward pauses. In any case, any more questions?
I'll be humming to myself in the meantime.
I think the West is wide open. Could be the Blues, could be the Golden Knights, could be the Flames. If Bishop stays hot, it could be Dallas. In the East, it's hard to pick against Tampa Bay. Which of course means someone else will win.
Because that would have been where Chicago should be had they not been selected and moved up. So if they weren't 12th, they had to be in the top three because there was no way they could be in spots four through 11.
OK, time to get back to my awards ballot, which has to be in by 6 p.m. I expect we'll be back next week, and I expect it will be me because next Wednesday will be the day between Games 4 and 5, and unless someone sweeps the series, Jim will be on a plane to Winnipeg that day. And a reminder that you get a second chance on hockey questions on Friday when Jeff Gordon has his chat. (At least I think that's on Friday.) Until then, I hope the playoffs don't tear away at your innards. But they probably will.