Tough question because over the playoffs run so long, and guys who play great for the whole two months become sung heroes rather than unsung. If you rule out stars on the theory that there's no way for someone like Tarasenko or Schwartz to be an unsung hero, than Gunnarsson certainly had some moments. For all the credit Maroon gets for the goal against Dallas, Robert Thomas certainly made that play happen. He was less of a factor in the Boston series because of his wrist injury. Sundqvist had some good moments. As a group, you had to like the fourth line. They're more than one person, but they might get my vote.
Marchand is one of those guys that everyone hates if he's not on your team. If he's on your team, he's a great guy, and I think Boston fans and players feel that way, and you can't blame them. Having spent a fair amount of time in the Boston dressing room during the playoffs, that was quite clear to see.
The last word from Armstrong on this was that everyone should be back and be ready to go by camp. But even with that, I would expect the regulars to see less action during the preseason than they normally might. That was a long season. I wouldn't think we'd see Pietrangelo playing 27 minutes in a game in October. The tricky part to that, of course, is that the Central Division is so tightly packed, you can't go giving away many points. It will be a fine line to walk.
You could and I'd admire your consistency, but if Marchand was putting up 100 point seasons like he did last year, I think you'd be in the minority.
Anyone else have a vote on an unsung hero? I think the way the playoffs went, unless you chose someone like Jake Allen who didn't play much, I don't know that there's a wrong answer. Almost everyone contributed at some point.
What does it say that I'm hosting a Blues chat? The interest has certainly been there. I go into these every week expecting no one to show up.
I'm going to say under. Division is tight, Blues may struggle at times early after the long season. I think 100 points would win it.
Seattle to the Pacific, Arizona to the Central. That way everyone has eight. I can't complain about an extra trip to the Phoenix area every year.
Niko Mikkola is 6-4 and actually was on the opening day roster last season because of suspensions and injuries, but he was sent down without playing a game. He had two goals and seven assists in pretty much a full season for San Antonio, so he's not a Parayko guy who's going to be firing blistering slap shots. But he fits in with the Blues as a big guy with long arms who can cover a lot of the rink. Last year was his first year in North America after playing at home in Finland, so he's still getting used to the smaller North American rink.
Distractions were at a minimum for this team, and yes, you could point to Allen as an unsung hero for his role in supporting Binnington and not being a distraction or a drag on the team. Allen could see what was happening with Binnington and let him run with it.
I would think that would work on his side. It's not Sundqvist money (he's making $2.75 million), but it's more than Sanford. Question would be how comfortable the Blues are with being that close to the cap. Though they've had years where they've been right up against it at the start of the season.
I haven't seen anything, though in the days immediately after the season ended, I was a bit distracted by parades and all. Color me surprised that he didn't get a buyout after the season. He's still got two years to go at $6 million per.
Thanks for stopping by for one of our last chats before things really start getting serious. Camp should begin around Sept. 13, a scant three months after last season ended. Until next time, thanks for joining in.