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The Blues could have been in a similar bind earlier in the season. If Bortuzzo had been suspended and Gunnarsson sick before Tarasenko went on LTIR, they would have had trouble filling out the roster under the cap. I don't know what Bowman's situation might be. It wasn't like this situation came out of nowhere, and it's the same with the Blues: If they sign Pietrangelo to a big contract with many years, they know something will have to give down the road.
One of the things Savard has preached has to be less predictable, so if the Blues were too focused on getting the puck to Tarasenko, it was their own doing. I think one of the keys to any power play is getting set up for one-timers, to move the defense and create an opening. I suppose you could say that losing Tarasenko has forced the players to rethink their ways.
Four games seemed fair in keeping with what the league has handed out in other similar cases. And a lot of guys play on the edge. (See Tom Wilson.) Certainly watching the NHL video on the suspension,which included a compilation of Bortuzzo's greatest hits, didn't look good. All of this isn't very good for Bortuzzo's reputation, and the Blues are getting a bit of a reputation for being a bit too aggressive owing to all their recent suspensions. But that's who Bortuzzo is, and it's going to take a lot longer suspension for him to change.
The signing of Brouwer had as much to do with him being a veteran as it did with levels of talent. Armstrong isn't ready to have the team have a bunch of rookies and players in their early 20s just yet. It could well come to that, but Brouwer right now gets to be a glue guy. He is, as they say, good in the room, and he'll certainly be far more talkative than Kyrou or Kostin will be. Hockey is big on morale.
I wouldn't want to be giving up Kyrou or Kostin for a rental. Hall only makes sense to me on a long-term basis, but to do that, the Blues are going to have to step away from some of their current players, and I'm not sure that's the best thing either, because you may have to part with two players to make him fit.
This was the thing about the Faulk deal: for this year, at least, fitting everyone out there in an orderly manner was going to be rough. And if Pietrangelo is back next season, it will continue to be rough.
Hitchcock certainly knew more about it than anyone. I wasn't around Andy Murray much, but he loved the teaching side of it. As to how good he was at that, I can't say. As anyone who's taught knows, there are a lot of factors going into it. You need to know the stuff and you have to convey it in a way that people hear it and put it to use.
The second six, or five since the Seals are gone, doesn't quite have that resonance, though, as you all may well know, the Original Six is a misnomer since they aren't the Original Six. They were just the Six For a Long Time.
Before I totally run out of questions, I'll send out a last call for anyone out there who still has one.
I'll grant them language in most cases, though after a while, if the f-word is every other word, it loses a lot of its effectiveness.
As has been documented in this forum, and others, many times, my ability to prognosticate is sharply limited. I would say Schenn just based on the odds.
New Jersey seems pretty hesitant to play Domingue.
OK, and with that, I'm going to call it day. See you next week! Thanks for stopping in.