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If this goes on long enough, we'll likely get to everyone.
No, though right now, I'd say it won't be in 2020.
It would. Reunite him with Erik Johnson and Ian Cole?
Doesn't work. If the Blues sent Steen, at $5.75 million down, they'd still be on the hook for about $4.75 million against the cap. You don't get total relief. Guys who are making the minimum don't count when they get sent down because you get the minimum plus a few hundred thousand dollars relief. But on big contracts, you don't. And I think sending a veteran like that down would not be well received by anybody. And the Blues would still be paying them the full salary. Other than the guys who sign specifically with the AHL team, the Blues are paying the salaries.
You're not the only one coming up with those ideas.
Pietrangelo has invested a lot of confidence in his agents. I don't think he would break his ties just so he could stay in St. Louis.
Many years ago, I also did one of these a week for the Cardinals, and I was never turned down, though sometimes it happens by default if the team doesn't know how to get hold of the guy. That usually means they've reached out to him before and have been rebuffed or ignored and have lost track of the guy. In the case of a lot of these players, they're delighted to talk. They're 60, 70 years old, and it's a welcome opportunity to revisit what was probably one of the great moments in their life, especially since in a lot of cases they don't get to talk about it very often. One day, 30 years from now, some young sportswriter will call me and say, "Tom, what was it like doing those Blues chats during the coronavirus period?" and boy will I tell stories.
As Berube often says, he had a lot of time to study the game since he was sitting on the bench so much. Rick Tocchet at Arizona got in a lot of fights in his day, including against Berube. Either he or Bob Boughner at San Jose were the player that Berube fought the most in his day. Blues assistant Steve Ott was certainly a pest in his day and he could be an NHL head coach someday soon.
I didn't at the parade, but it was largely because of proximity. I was never near any of them. They probably got to the stage area an hour before I did. At that point, anything they said would have been so innocuous that I doubt anyone would have minded. It's questions of strategy and personnel that I think Armstrong is most concerned about. I would love to be able to talk to those guys. Van Ryn and Ott are interesting guys who I got to know in their playing days. Haven't really gotten to know Savard very well.
I get a lot of hockey books mailed to me. Just got a biography of Toe Blake and I still haven't gotten to Cujo's, which is in the stack by my bed. It's tough to find time for all of them. You can't go wrong with anything by Roy MacGregor, who has been described as being close to the poet laureate of Canadian hockey.
Any more questions? We've been at it a while.
Just saw a thing from Mark Spector at Sportsnet that the most popular playoff scenario with NHL types is one where the top six teams in each division go to one site. 1 plays 2 to determine the division champ, while 3 plays 6 and 4 plays 5 in elimination series and the playoffs go from there. The only No. 7 that would probably complain is the Rangers, who are one point out of sixth but have played two more games.
The high end of Steen is well above the high end for MacEachern. Can't see playing MacEachern other than on the fourth line, while Steen can go into higher situations. A lot of times Steen ends up on the fourth line, but he's more versatile than that.
The veteran guys who are signed with AHL teams like Springfield usually are on one-year contracts, so there's no guarantee any of them will be around next season. Looking at their roster, no names jumped out at me (other than Rob O'Gara, who started the season at San Antonio). How well Springfield does in wins or losses will depend largely on the quality of guys the Blues send them.
Ho-Sang, whose name our filter has issues with (it's aitch-oh Sang for the uneducated), remains property of the New York Islanders. He's in San Antonio on a loan and is a restricted free agent after the season, with the Islanders holding his rights. Where he goes next season is entirely up to them. Usually with a loan situation like that, the team a player goes to only takes him if they can fit him in without costing their own guys playing time. So they'll cross that bridge when the time comes.
Apparently I can type Ho-Sang but chatters can't.
There were stories that they weren't happy with his conditioning
As always, thanks for stopping by. We couldn't do this without you. Your time and questions are greatly appreciated. I'm continually impressed that six weeks into nothing going on on the ice, we're able to keep this going, for three hours today. Stay safe and either Jim or I will see you next week.