I think if you're going to call Kyrou up, you need to give him a look. He certainly needs to be on a top 3 line, probably a top 2. Otherwise, he should be in San Antonio, rolling up goals and good vibrations. As I said a few questions ago, the best thing for his development is to get some NHL experience, learn some lessons, take those lessons back to the AHL, work on them there, and the next time he comes up, you have a better player. But I also think expecting Kyrou to come up now and be a stud is misguided. He's still developing and learning. Both Mike Yeo and Craig Berube have shown a reluctance this season to give Kyrou too much to handle.
Haven't heard anything. Jim told me they were having an optional today, but haven't had any updates. We may not hear anything until after the morning skate tomorrow.
No, and it's an interesting situation. Allen plays so well on the road. Binnington is hot. I think there's a case to be made for Allen on Thursday, then Binnington on Saturday at home vs. Ottawa. I think there's also a case for playing Binnington for as long as he's hot. This might be a case where you can't go wrong on Thursday, but you can go wrong on Saturday, where Binnington seems the slam-dunk choice.
Defense was definitely stressed with Thomas, and every time Blais gets called up, he says he's been told he has to play better on the defensive end. If the team has issues with a player's defense, then using him against a top line is asking for trouble and certainly something the team wants to avoid. Sanford may not be cranking out the points on offense, but the Blues staff certainly has confidence on him playing defense.
I don't know how strict it is, but every time a TV camera shows up after a game or practice, they put on a hat and often a shirt of some sort that says Blues on it. They don't do that for me.
It would look like you give Fabbri, who's an RFA after this season, another one-year contract and see where that goes. Or you see if you can trade him. I can't see how the Blues could give him more than a one-year deal, though there's almost half a season still to go.
Before we get too caught up in this, let's keep in mind that Sanford is filling Steen's place. He's been there five games. When Steen comes back, which could be Thursday, could be Saturday, Sanford will go back to a lower line.
No word from Yeo, who probably isn't in St. Louis, though I'm not sure, and I haven't seen anything from Berglund either. I'm not sure that anyone even knows where he is right now.
Yes, but the trade deadline moves the Blues make will likely not be about building the team for the future. It will be about unloading potential UFAs, unless the season goes in the Dumpster and they're moving front-line talent.
Steen is one of those sports debate topics: How long do you wait for a guy to re-find his game? Before he got hurt, Steen had five goals and five assists in the first 16 games which made him one of the more productive players in those early, ugly days. Since he came back the second time after missing two games with a concussion, he had no goals and four assists in 14 games. You could live with those numbers if Schenn and Schwartz were producing, but they're having their own slumps, so now you have three of your top nine not producing, which all of a sudden is a real issue.
It's always the quiet guys.
Certainly there's more flexibility in hiring after the season is over. Another issue with Quenneville would be the cost. He'll command two or three times what most other coaches would get.
They probably wouldn't be claimed but looking around the league, how often do you see teams try to put established, veteran players like that on waivers to send them down? It doesn't happen and I think GMs fear it for a lot of reasons.
Bobrovsky is a UFA after this season, so it would be foolish to give up much for him now since he could be gone in three months. Unless you somehow thought you'd acquire him, dazzle him with how great the Blues and St. Louis are, and then get him to re-sign before he goes on the market. If I were Bobrovsky, I'm probably willing to see what the market will bear.
OK, I've exhausted all the questions that I currently have. Anything else before I move on?
OK, on that note, it's time to move on. Jim will have something from Boston at some point, then the Blues are home on Saturday (at 6 p.m., take note), then it's on to sun and fun in Southern California for me, which means you'll probably get Jim in this spot next week. Thanks for the questions.