For sure. You'd rather play the Avs without MacKinnon than with him in the lineup any day of the week. But Colorado has a lot of depth. They could do well without him, just like the Blues did without Tarasenko during ost of the regular season. The Avs beat the Wild last night without him, 2-1.
I don't think so. I don't think you'd want to make it a 6-on-4 situation. But the Blues definitely had problems, as you noticed, closing that game out last night. That's another example of missing Steen. He was excellent as a late-minute closer.
Perunovich for sure. I think the only reason he has been on the taxi squad here lately is he's coming back from an injury _ upper body I think. And I agree with you on Hofer. Once the AHL gets going, it would make a lot of sense getting him some games in Utica.
I think part of it is because of his father passing away not that long ago. I'm sure it had to be traumatic. And just a guess, but he might not be ready to talk just yet because he would certainly be asked about his father. I can respect that, if that's the case. Schwartz has always been media shy any way.
I don't think so. I think those are only for the home teams.
Pretty exasperating isn't it? But it's nothing new. The Blues had 11 of them last year. I don't know what to tell you, other than the Blues are anxious to get on the ice.
I've been doing this for a long time. I've learned not to sweat the small stuff, or rush to judgement. As for Tom, I think he's pretty goofy. . . .I mean, I think he likes to goof around as well
Doug Armstrong told me the other day, the Blues have decided to keep him in the KHL. What with limited space in the AHL this year due to new affiliate Springfield (Mass.) not playing this season, it makes a lot of sense. Although he had 3 assists in a game Tuesday, he has not had a productive season, with just two goals and nine assists in 36 games.
Interesting I read some stuff right when he signed wtih Vegas, that related moves to free up cap space to make room for Petro might hurt the Golden Knights' depth. We'll see how it plays out.
Totally agree. The Zoom format is stiffer to be sure.
I like Panger. No harm, no foul.
Yes, the man can skate. And that goal Tuesday had Tarasenko-like velocity, didn't it?
Maybe there is. But Armstrong would have to be on a very short list. I enjoy his aggressiveness and willingness to take perceived risks. Reminds me of another "Army" from years ago on the football front _ former Rams GM Charley Armey.
Thomas has hit a little rut. But I think he'll get going. He needs to look for his shot more, and take it. I think opposing teams might have a book on him _ they're playing pass-first.
There are a couple of gaps, I believe, in the schedule of open days where teams can fill in some of the blanks. The Blues had two such five-day windows and used part of one for the Vegas makeup and part of the other to move a San Jose game (because the Sharks had to juggle some other gaes around). At the end of the regular season however, it looks like not everyone will get 56 games in. So points percentage will determine your place in the standings _ which was done last season.
All players with three years in pro hockey must be protected, or else they're exposed. Mikkola is in his third year of pro hockey, so he's on track to NOT be exempt.
Whether it's behind the bench or in the press conference setting, I find "Grumpy Chief" to be entertaining.
Depth can be a difference over the course of a season. It certainly was the case for the Blues during the Stanley Cup season.
No, I think he goes Sunday against Colorado in the second gae of a back-to-back.
No, I think the salary cap is set at $81.5 million this year and next. There are some intricacies as far as the escrow, etc. But the cap is fixed.
Yeah, but he's got _ what it is _ $61.6 million reasons to be happy.