Maybe at some small level, but I think the Blues are operating on a very short horizon now. It would be easier if there was some certainty on when Seattle was joining the league, but there's not right now. If he can help the team win now, I think they'll take that chance. As Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said last week when asked about resting a pitcher one day since he might be needed the next, "But what if it rains tomorrow?" I think the Blues need to live for today.
Does Kyrou still count? He did take part in the prospects tournament. He and Thomas are the guys. I haven't seen any other youngsters we haven't seen before who have stood out obviously. I don't think there's a Parayko or Edmundson in this camp who's going to grab a spot we didn't see happening. Also, Yeo has been very cautious in his praise. MacEachern had goals in two scrimmages and he pretty much shrugged off one of them and said he hadn't practiced well at times. (He did compliment him on his play as well.) Yeo said today that Maroon's play in Dallas on Tuesday was the best he's looked in camp so far. Expectations are high.
I'll take the under on that one
The Blues have not advised us of any. Preseason, as everyone knows, can be dodgy because the games aren't normally broadcast, so sometimes all you get is the single-camera, in-house feed, if that. And it being a non-NHL arena makes it even dicier. If I hear anything, I'll let you know. (Not personally. Via Twitter.)
There were all sorts of reasons for Karlsson not staying in Ottawa, from messed up management to a complicated relationship with teammates. San Jose got a good deal.
I think after 50 years, some part of the fan base feels like they're living under the sword of Damocles, and something bad is going to happen, so why wait? Everyone likes to be seen as being ahead of the curve. Though I've got to say, the questions in the chat today have been mostly positive. But they also haven't played a game that matters yet. Things can change in a hurry.
Working out an extension with Karlsson is not a simple process, so it's not likely something they could take care of before the deal was finalized. There are plenty of salary cap complexities and the team has to chart out their path going forward, knowing who to keep and who to let go in what figures to be a monster deal to keep him. I'm sure San Jose hopes that Karlsson finds the Bay Area a good selling point to simplify the negotiations.
OK, I've apparently typed faster than everyone else out there and I've either answered everyone's questions or bored everyone to death because I've got nothing left in the question hopper. The Blues are on real KMOX tonight, not the online version, and are at home on Friday in the new and improved Enterprise Center, which was still getting painted and spruced up this morning, and I'm sure they'll be doing even more on Thursday. And Friday afternoon. I'd check for wet paint on my way in.
So on that note, I'll bid everyone a fond adieu until next week, when either me or Jim will be answering questions, and we'll have a little more to talk about. I'd expect to seem some cuts announced on Thursday after two games, though they're still schedule to have two groups in practice, so it won't be a lot of people being sent out, especially since San Antonio's camp doesn't start until next week, so a lot of these guys wouldn't have any place to go.