By which I mean, ask questions.
One thing the Faulk trade means is that the Blues have a ready fallback on the Pietrangelo front. If the price is too high (or the years too long), it's a lot easier for them to walk away now because they already have a replacement in place. Does that hurt Pietrangelo's leverage? A little. The thing is, Pietrangelo will get paid. He if he goes on the market, someone will make him a good offer. The one thing I wouldn't see is a midseason deal of Pietrangelo, unless the season has fallen apart.
By the way, Jim's game-day blog will be going up shortly. Everything is as expected. Berube said Bortuzzo got the spot in the lineup tonight instead of Gunnarsson because of the effectiveness of Washington's power play and their wanting a heavy body on that side to deal with Ovechkin.
It came out of the blue in the sense that were a lot of teams that made a lot more sense to try to get Faulk than the Blues, who already had a full collection of right-handed defensemen. The Blues were not a name talked about on the Faulk front. Armstrong knows what he's dealing with with Pietrangelo's agents, so I don't think it's the case that he spoke to Pietrangelo's agents, picked up the phone and called Carolina. But as I said earlier, the Blues don't have to worry about getting caught up in a bidding war now for Pietrangelo.
I think the party's over after tonight and the Cup goes back to Toronto and wherever else it goes after that. Which is probably welcome news for the guys who have to take it from place to place.
No, but they'll have to count on getting a good amount from young guys on entry-level deals. Unless you're really good, it's a young man's league, and that's why.
Greetings to all of you just joining in at our regularly scheduled time. Question away!
I don't know if there was a connection there, especially considering the passage of time and the fact that Bouwmeester plays on the other side. It wasn't until late last season that the thought of re-signing Bouwmeester even seemed conceivable. Let's face it: up until January or February, the only issue was how quickly they could get him off the books, or at least the fan base thought. His salary was already being spread about to other players. But the Blues like him, he's a very quiet leader, he's respected in the room and he stays in very good shape, so if he avoids injuries, he's going to give you a good game. And now he's on the team's shutdown pairing. Go figure.
Zach Sanford said he got booed when he played in a charity game near Boston over the summer, so I would expect that some hard feelings will persist. Though I have to say, a lot of Boston fans stayed around after Game 7 in June to watch the Stanley Cup presentation and they were well behaved, I think showing respect for the accomplishment. But it's Boston. I think boos are inevitable for the return visit. And there was a feeling by some in Boston that the Blues were a "dirty" team.
OK, I'll be back shortly, but in the meantime, even though the answers say they're from me, they'll be from Jim Thomas. Be back in a bit, unless you're having too much fun with Jim.
Jim Thomas here. . . .Well, this is Blues chat history, with me stepping in while Tom takes care of a scheduled interview here at Enterprise Center. If only we can get Gordo in for a few questions we'd hit the trifecta.
A very good question. It will certainly be a different dynamic with the speed of Fabbri taking the place of the physical play of Maroon. As you may know, Thomas only played in one game this preseason as he completed the rehab and recovery from his offseason wrist surgery. And Bozak didn't play in that contest. (The Kraft Hockeyville game vs. Detroit.) So this will be their first time together in a game. Last season, Fabbri played on a line with Thomas 13 times, and on a line with Bozak six times. But never on a line with both Fabbri and Bozak. So it's safe to assume there will be an adjustment period.
Pretty sure, the players _ Edmundon and Maroon _ will get their rings when the Hurricanes and Lightning come to town. I know that's how Sundqvist got his ring from Pittsburgh after he left for the Blues.
Don't think that'll happen. They still draw 12,000 or so (fans in seats) for home preseason games at Enterprise.
Thanks and the check is in the mail. (Is this a relative?)
Barry, hope you're good. But I can't help you. I'm not in the ticket biz.
We'll see. I think Berube likes Blais in that spot because of his physicality. But these aren't Supreme Court appointments _ they're not jobs for life _ so we could see a change if Blais is unproductive there.