Will Perron carry other markets he's played in? How will they remember him in Edmonton or Vegas or Pittsburgh or Anaheim? Will they vote for him in Montreal? All sorts of variables in play here. And just how motivated are people to vote on this one? St. Louis fans will vote because they feel Perron got snubbed and the game is here. Are people in Winnipeg saying the same thing?
Thanks. Good gosh, I learned all sorts of things. One thing I neglected to mention is that the ice is kept at 19 to 21 degrees. My biggest surprise was probably that the Olympia doesn't have brakes. I had never even considered that. The lines and the ads on the ice are very deep under the ice, almost at the bottom, but when they put temporary signs on the ice, like for the Stanley Cup playoffs or the start of the season, they're not very deep, because they have to be removed soon. So those might be just under a few layers of ice. And unrelated to the ice, this was a discovery: There's no longer any separation between the two penalty boxes. There used to be a wall the height of the boards, but now it's just one big space. If players from opposing teams wanted to go at it in the penalty box, all that's between them is Tom Calhoun and some off-ice officials. That was a shocker.
I didn't have a chance to see his game at the world juniors, but the Blues have been pleased with his progress and they had to be glad he got a game there. That's the kind of experience that makes that tournament valuable. The Blues look to have some good young goalies backed up, but that's the trickiest part of the game to forecast.
I think the severity of any punishment is governed by the CBA and any stronger punishment would be challenged by the players association.
And he's more than willing to do it. Berube is of the mind that you shouldn't shoot just for the sake of shooting and he'd rather the team keep the puck and get a shot that matters, but he's fine with Faulk's shots.
His status is he's still with the team, and until Blais comes back, unless someone else gets hurt, they don't have to make a move and he'll stay here. He's happy to be here -- in fact his family has just moved to St. Louis to join him and his daughter (I think) has enrolled in school here. So he'll be here for at least another month and if someone gets hurt, he'll be here even longer. And then if he can make it to the trade deadline (Feb. 24) when the roster limit comes off, he'll finish out the season. He's a good veteran leader and he's good to have around, even if he's not playing.
Players were free to join the Blues in Winnipeg and not come to St. Louis. Parayko did that, getting in the night before, and I think MacEachern did it too and possibly Perron. (It's easier to do within Canada or, in MacEachern's case, from Detroit.) Why the league doesn't have the Blues play Chicago or Nashville on that day, I don't know. Last season, Buffalo played here when play resumed, and they had to fly in that morning. That's the rule. You get three days and everything resumes on the 27th. Some teams have had their morning skate at their home rink and then flown to the game site. That's what the Blues do in the preseason.
I know, and we went through all this in 1999. But it just seems more realistic to deal with things when we stop using 201x and have moved on to new numbers. Consider it an end to the 2010s.
I have no idea, but the Colorado game won't be easy, assuming the streak is still going then.
I was in the dressing room one day on the road and one player chose to pull a prank on another. He took the other player's shaving kit and dumped out the contents on his seat and was quite pleased with himself. So needless to say, I'm not impressed with the level of pranking on this team. If there's really good stuff, I haven't heard it.
Kyrou's position seems safe for now. Berube has been keeping him away from tough defensive assignments. That's why Barbashev moved on to the Schenn and Schwartz line for most of the Winnipeg games. But what he has had to do has been good and he hasn't been caught unawares or out of position at a level that would make the staff look askance at him. High on his to-do list is to stop respecting his elders so much and feel comfortable taking shots and playing offense. Defensively, though, it seems the coaches are satisfied. I've noticed in my dealings with him that Kyrou seems more confident in the past. Someone with the team told me that when you see guys like Thomas show they can play in the league, that other guys start to think, well if he can do it, so can I. That seems to be happening with Kyrou.
Good question, and I don't know. At least one of the guys has been doing it for 50 years. I'd imagine having had experience doing something similar at some level is a plus. I'll have to ask about that.
It's gone and it's not coming back.
Oh, here's something else I learned when reporting the ice story: The NHL has what I guess you could call driver's ed classes for Zamboni and Olympia drivers.
A definite possibility that he could fill a Chris Thorburn role. But if they have to make a roster move at the start of February when Blais returns, the numbers could work against him and he might have to be willing to spend some time in San Antonio before coming back.
Actually, the bigger concern they had for the parade was if the two propane tanks would be enough to make it the distance of the route and back. Even though it doesn't have brakes, you can still stop it by taking your foot off the gas or by turning down the rpms. Also, it has a deadman's switch. If no one is sitting in the driver's seat, the engine shuts off, so you can't have a runaway Olympia. So the driver can also stop it by standing up.
That's one of the things Berube has stressed this season. Lots of optional skates, like this morning in Arizona, and more days where there's just no skating. Berube has had to do that because guys like O'Reilly take very few days off.