Looking back on the whole playoff run reminds you how easily things could have been different. If Winnipeg holds on to that 2-0 lead in Game 5 of the first round, who knows what happens.
Nashville, lest we forget, won the Central Division last year, so that move is a big one for them.
One of many that can be on this list. Game 7 against Dallas by itself had several.
Lack of dead money is a big thing for the Blues. Even if you think Steen is being overpaid, that's, what, $2 million more than you would like? I've said it before that I think one of the measures of a good GM is not having dead money lying around on the books. It means you haven't made bad contracts or bad deals.
That's a few ifs down the road, but if Binnington cements himself as the No. 1 but Allen also plays well, that would certainly make Allen more attractive to other teams in a trade and the Blues more confident that they could turn the backup duties over to a cheaper player. It also would be very good for the Blues, who would likely win a lot of games under the scenario you propose. The one question would be how many games would Allen have to play to convince other teams to go all in on him. Would good play over 30 games be enough?
Jim Thomas and I were both among the five first-place votes Binnington got for the Conn Smythe, so you don't have to convince me.
Not a random question -- this is a Blues' chat -- but certainly one I hadn't considered. Winning the Stanley Cup certainly helps the case for both. Right now, I'd say no, just because there are a lot of good players and GMs out there that haven't gotten in. Armstrong may have the better chance because he's competing against fewer GMs. Bouwmeester has never finished higher than 11th in voting for the Norris and has gotten votes in only one of the past 12 seasons.
One of the neat things is that most players have some form of public event where they share it with their community. And not that we needed a reminder, but hockey players know how to have a good time.
By the way, the crowd has built slowly in the chat, so if you're one of the newcomers, here's an invitation to ask questions.
I don't believe so. The NHL is in charge of that and has released just the highlights package. I don't know how big the demand would have to be for it to be worth the effort.
I think Berube needs to win a second Cup to get a statue. I'm not sure what the best way is for the team to commemorate it out front. Though if Pietrangelo ever gets a statue, him holding the Cup would certainly be the way to go.
It was a season of adjustments in San Antonio. Practically an expansion team. A new coaching staff, lots of players who hadn't played together before. Many of the most promising prospects there were spending time shuffling back and forth to St. Louis and others, like Kostin, were still youngsters. They like Drew Bannister as head coach and the goal is to play the same way there so, like when Berube was coaching the Wolves, the transition to the NHL is seamless. They should do better this season, and the prospects, like Kostin and Reinke, should be more NHL ready.
The expansion draft for Seattle would be in the summer of 2021, the same season Allen's contract runs out. But since he'll be a UFA when his contract runs out, he can't be counted as the goalie the team has to make available. So the Blues would have to extend his contract to make that an option, which seems an unlikely move to make.
Yes, I would think that would be the next move. I've made the case that even if you have to slightly overpay, getting that taken care of would be good for the team. And now they have another UFA to think about, though they can't talk extension with Edmundson until midseason.
I was surprised the vote was so one-sided in O'Reilly's favor.
I think on a talent level, he's behind Pronger and MacInnis (which is not to diminish any assessment of Pietrangelo's talent), but on a success level, at least in St. Louis, he's ahead of both of them.
As those who have seen me in person may have noticed, I'm not much of an eater, especially compared to some other Post-Dispatch Blues' writers, though people do marvel at my ability to eat as much food as others and not gain much weight. I was a big fan of the wall of doughnuts they had in Boston during the Final. That was awesome. Which just goes to show you where my interests lie.
I hadn't heard that. It's hard to imagine the Blues having to cap season ticket sales. I don't know where that compares with the rest of the league, but I would think having four or five thousand seats available for each game is probably standard. In Toronto, the cutoff is 15,500 for season tickets in a building that seats 18,900.
I was in Boca Raton. Shattenkirk should be a good fit in Tampa Bay since goal-scoring is a big thing there. As for landing there now, any port in a storm, and that's an awfully nice port. Sometimes you have to look to restart your career in Ottawa. Other times, you get to do it with a Stanley Cup contender in Florida. That's a very nice raincoat.
I don't think they can rescind the qualifying offer to Barbashev. And there isn't an offer to Maroon at the moment. But I get the idea. The one challenge with Barbashev is that he's a center, which makes him a little harder to replace. The Blues have plenty of guys who have played center, but most of them are playing the wing now.
In case you hadn't seen it, today was Larry Pleau's day with the Stanley Cup. I think from there it goes down to Mike Van Ryn in Florida, then back up for an equipment manager in New Jersey before heading to Europe. Not sure if there's anyone else mixed in there before it heads overseas.
The Blues want the coach and general manager speaking for the team, so the assistants are not just not prevented from speaking on camera, they can't speak to us lowly print types either, except for special occasions when the conversation is not about the team. Ott was a great interview subject and I would love to talk to him more. When Rick Wilson was an assistant coach for one season, I don't think I ever spoke to him. Since I've known Ott and Van Ryn for a while, they at least know me to say hi.
In Bouwmeester's case, the voting for the Norris is done by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, while voting for the Hall of Fame is done by a separate committee of hockey people which doesn't include writers. So it is a different set of eyes that would be looking at him, and by the nature of being a defensive defenseman, he's not going to get the voting love in the Norris that offensive defensemen get. So maybe he'll be looked at more favorably by that group. Certainly winning gold in three different tournaments is one of the main things going for him. Same for Armstrong, who is the only active GM to have been part of gold-medal winning management staffs for the Stanley Cup, the Olympics and the world championships.
When I saw Stillman at the victory parade, he said renewals were going very well. Ironically, one of the reasons the league put next season's All-Star Game here was that at the time, they thought the Blues would need help in getting season-ticket renewals.
I am very surprised he hasn't been bought out. I would also be very surprised if Backes played in the AHL next season. I think he would retire before he did that. I also don't think the Bruins would try to send him down to the AHL unless he said he was OK with it.
He put together the framework for a team last summer that turned out to be good enough to win the Stanley Cup. He appears ready to move on from Pat Maroon to open up a spot for Jordan Kyrou. He brought back two defensemen coming off good seasons at a reduction of about $5 million in salary and signed them to short-term deals so as not to block the chances for prospects coming up. A big trade or free agent signing was just not going to happen. This was a team that as built was going to have chances to win the Stanley Cup over multiple seasons. They still do.