I think so. If he's not, something has gone wrong.
All the "old" guys. Bouwmeester, Steen, Thorburn, Butler. They've put in a lot of time and to finally get to lift the Cup was special for them. Not that it was less special for someone like Edmundson or Bortuzzo, but for some of those guys, it was literally their last chance.
Winnipeg is smaller. If you go by just the population of the city and not the metro area, Edmonton is three times bigger than the city of St. Louis. If you go by the metro area, St Louis is three times as big as Edmonton.
There's certainly the potential for wide-open games, at least at the beginning. By the time you get to the conference finals, I think things will have settled in and teams will look a lot like themselves and it will look what we're used to seeing in the playoffs.
Bad teams can be fun. It's mediocre teams that are the pain. I've been fortunate to not have covered many bad teams over the years.
They should be pretty good, I would think, though all of a sudden, we may go from no sports to a lot of sports all at once. If things work out, there could be MLB, NHL, NBA and MLS games going head to head. Or there could be none of those.
Edmonton has a pretty new arena with a big hotel attached to it, which simplifies a lot of things. Calgary's building is old, and Winnipeg isn't as good as Edmonton. And Edmonton made a big push for it.
I would take the guys most recently retired. Start with Jay Bouwmeester and work my way back. Don't see how you can wrong choosing the 35 year old guy over the 50 year old guy
Armstrong has often said that no trade clauses don't mean you can't trade the guy, it just means you have to ask him first and most of the time, you can work something out. Now, that may mean trading the guy to a team he wants to go to rather than sending him to Ottawa, but players usually figure that if the GM doesn't want you around, you're better off elsewhere.
I wouldn't be surprised if he does because the mesh on his head isn't as tight as you would want. Safety first.
Per capfriendly, his no-trade clause expires on Feb. 1, 2021, but all that will have to be adjusted by whenever they start the 20-21 season. That would be about three weeks before the trade deadline. They'll do a revised calendar when they know what next season looks like.
The Chris Pronger trade (for Eric Brewer and others) was the dumbest. Gave away an irreplaceable asset. Getting Ryan O'Reilly was highway robbery. And Schenn for Lehtera was pretty good too. Both of those deals led to a Stanley Cup
I do. If something had happened to Binnington this season, or if it still happens to Binnington in the postseason, Allen could get the Blues to the Cup.
No. With three games, the'll want to get Binnington two and Allen one.
I'd ask Jeff Gordon that question on Friday. He's seen a lot of guys I never saw.
I'm sure there are a lot of great quotes out there that I've never spoken too, but ex-Blues Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Reaves never disappoint.