When Ballpark Village was jammed for the Icebreaker and the team's new acquisitions were trotted out, I didn't get the sense people thought there was incompetent management then. When Armstrong traded Berglund, Sobotka and Thompson for O'Reilly, that seemed like a good move. Heck, the guy traded Jori Lehtera for Brayden Schenn. That alone should count for something. The team went to the conference finals not all that long ago. Now, did he make a mistake in keeping Jake Allen as the Blues goalie? You can definitely make a case for that, though I'll also add that at the time the team re-upped Allen for four years, they had an assistant GM named Martin Brodeur and I don't think Armstrong made that move without talking to his assistant. However, for whatever reason, this combination of players and Yeo didn't work, and Armstrong's next coaching hire will almost certainly be his last. If whoever replaces Yeo on a permanent basis doesn't pan out and produce results, Armstrong will be out.
I don't know all the reasons that went into picking the players they did. Maybe they wanted players who they could have family members of on hand to join in the ceremony. Maybe they asked and no one could make it. Maybe they wanted to limit it to the six people they did. There could be all sorts of reasons we have no idea about.
Definitely, and he and O'Reilly have worked some good stuff together. I think it's less of an issue if that line is cranking out goals on a regular basis, but Tarasenko had a run of five out of eight games where he didn't have a point. He's certainly been taking shots, but a lot of times when a player starts struggling, you start taking shots for the sake of taking shots and they become pucks that are right into the goalie. But yes, as some wrote to me along the way, Tarasenko needs to be more Hull, less Oates.
The tough part of trading Tarasenko is when you trade a guy who scores 35-plus goals and don't have another one on the roster, that's a big hole you're creating. So your Heritage sweater is probably safe, unless the Blues find someone else willing to part with a similar player.
Depends how you feel about David Backes or Ryan Reaves, I suppose. Would the team have been better off keeping their captain, though Backes' injury issues may have made that a whole nother problem. Would having Reaves around make the team a more cohesive unit? (Certainly the media wouldn't complain.) Possibly. You never know about injuries, but trading Shattenkirk and Stastny doesn't seem to have been bad moves, based on what they've done at their next stops. That would be the past two seasons.
It doesn't seem like the surgery is the trouble. Though players have a way of not acknowledging that fact.
I'm going to ask you to rephrase the question because, as someone who has had a gun pointed to his head, I know it doesn't always produce the best answer.
It will be tough for him, at least in the near future. He'll get an assistant coaching job somewhere, or maybe a scouting position, but the next time there's an opening, it seems unlikely his name will come up. That was one of the reasons the Blues made him coach-in-waiting under Hitchcock, for fear he would be hired by someone else. But also, he's a relatively young guy. There's a long horizon ahead of him.
I think it's an awful lot for one person to handle, though it certainly would have helped Quenneville's situation in Chicago. Though I suppose when you get fired, you get fired from two jobs rather than one. I don't think the Blues would go that route.
I guess they got it out of their system last week. I would say he isn't the Blues' coach because he's making $6 million this year and next for doing absolutely nothing, which is a pretty good deal that I wouldn't mind having. And he would be really expensive for the Blues to hire. And he may be looking at the Seattle situation. And he could be at the race track.
Well, for one making it work against the salary cap would be hard. Two, I think both teams like their Tkachuks.
And yet, when I was in Chicago two weeks ago ...
This season will kind of suck the enthusiasm out of everybody. I think he's frustrated over an inability to score, and the team's inability to win. He's playing a more all-around game but, as noted before, that may not be what you want from a guy being paid to score goals.
They do seem to miss, don't they? One thing I contend, though, is that when you're aiming for corners, you're more likely to miss, and it will be high or wide. And that seems like the only way the Blues score, when they pick a spot. The number of odd-man rushes they get compared to their opponents seems quite small.
Price's name came up last year. Not sure of the trade value of Bouwmeester at the moment. Teams have scouts, you know.
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