Because sometimes you have to give up players to make trades and Hofer is so far away from the NHL that he's not going to be the asset that makes a deal. Bokk was at a point where he wasn't going to be in the Blues' immediate plans and was at the start of that second tier of prospects.
For those who haven't been following Jim's twitter feed, he said that Allen was the first goalie off today in practice, which should mean he's in goal tonight. It figured that he would get one game on this trip and that Binnington would play against Colorado on Thursday.
The league added the one-game suspension to pressure guys to play, and there's not much more they can do. And the Capitals have to go along with Ovechkin's decision, because it's them that lose him for a game.
Allen is playing more because he's playing very well, he needs to get games, there's no reason to be afraid of him, and they want to keep Binnington rested. At some point in mid-March, you're going to start seeing Binnington every night for as long as the Blues season goes, so they're banking some offdays for him now.
He is going deeper, but he started doing that last season when he was paired with Gunnarsson because he knew Gunnarsson wouldn't be going deep and he could. He and Faulk seem to have built that chemistry that each knows when the other is going in and knows not to do it too. The absence of Tarasenko has given everyone on the team the message that they need to score too.
Before the hopper goes dry, I'll pass along a call for anymore questions you may have as we head into the home stretch.
I hope it was everything she wanted.
Right now, the Blues don't know what the difference is between playing Bouwmeester and Mikkola. But if you're taking out the guy you're using against the other team's top line, it's not an easy one-to-one substitution. Now you're putting Mikkola on the third pairing, moving someone else up into Bouwmeester's spot -- Dunn or Bortuzzo -- and right now, is that something you want to do?
The Blues have announced every home game this season as a sellout and I would expect that to continue the remainder of the season. The only thing that would keep a regular-season attendance record from happening would be that the seating capacity isn't as high as it used to be, so even if they're at 100 percent for every game at 18,096, it may not catch the crowds from years where the building sat close to 20,000. If you were go to by percent of capacity, this year would figure to win.
Hofer, by the way, stopped 17 of 19 shots today for Canada in the final day of pool play at the world juniors.
Seems to me I saw him in the dressing room after practice.
The goalie situation forces coach's hands. You've got to play the other guy from time to time to keep him ready. And the Blues will likely play Sanford and Brouwer at some point to keep them fresh, but it will come at the expense of sitting MacEachern.
With Guentzel now out for the rest of the season, things keep getting tougher in Pittsburgh, and if the Penguins don't make the playoffs, Sullivan isn't winning anything. Coach of the year -- which I don't vote on -- is largely dependent on the standings, so who wins out won't be clear for a while. Berube certainly deserves consideration for the job he's done with this team as an encore to last season. Usually, though, you look at a team that was bad last year and is good this year. With that in mind, Quenneville will be a candidate. If Arizona wins the Pacific, Tocchet will be a candidate.
Based on yesterday's lines, Kyrou should be back on the Schwartz and Schenn line tonight. Lines and pairings should be the same otherwise and Allen in goal against the Coyotes.
I can't recall the last time I've seen Hull around the team. Though other than at a game, I don't know that I would expect to see him.
Thank you and thank you. Much appreciated. We'll try to continue to live up to those expectations in 2020.