Sorry. I hit too questions at onnce. First, I'll answer the question about crowd size at Enterprise. Actually, during the last homestand, attendance was increased to above 2,000. I heard the next phase would put it at 3,000 but have yet to get confirmation on that.
And now for the qeustion about the Tkachuks. Obviously it would be great. Their style of play fits Berube and fits the Blues. But I don't believe Calgary or Ottawa has any intention of parting with either player.
The Blues have already cleared that space by placing both Bozak and Barbarshev on LTIR (rather than regular injured reserve.) They are now cap compliant, meaning Tarasenko can join the active roster at any time.
That was a season of a lifetime, and he had better defensive support around him. So I don't think 1.89 (GAA) is going to happen again. But that's not to say that Binnington cant be, and isn't, a very good goalie.
It doesn't really matter at this point. Not really sure why they didn't put them on IR, although in at least Schwartz's case I don't think they anticipated the player being sidelined this long.
If you're asking should the Blues get to the inside more, the answer is a resounding yes. Crash the net. Hunt for rebounds. Take the goalie's eyes away.
No. But even if you trade them, it might mean another player you might like to keep, such as a Sanford, or Barbashev or Scandella might be taken by Seattle. Remember, you can only lose one player in the expansion draft. And you're probably going to lose one you'd like to keep.
As I sit here today in my hotel room less than a mile from the Honda Center, I'm going to handicap it as 75 to 25 percent Binnington stays.
Don't have a feel for that.
Yes, he's back in Alberta. Don't know if he's been asked to stay on in some capacity.
In the game before he was benched, Mikkola had a couple of rough moments that led to goals. It was also a case of Berube choosing to go with experience in the lineup, by playing Gunnarsson and Bortuzzo at the same time. Obviously, the Gunnarsson option no longer exists. Berube has said on a couple of occasions that he wasn't really down on Mikkola. Sometimes it's good for younger, inexperienced players to sit back and watch for a game or two.
I see your point, but Perron has shown no signs of slowing down. If that continues to be the case over the rest of this season, why expose him in the draft? Twenty-goal scorers don't grow in trees. He has had a late-career revival, and with his effort and feistiness is part of the heartbeat of the team. He's a bargain at $4 million a year. He has only 1 year left on his contract, so if you keep him next year and he falls off the edge of the earth it's not like your stuck with a contract. That's my thinking on this. As for the age issue, I guess you start to wonder any time a player hits his mid-30's.
Surprisingly good by Joshua. He won faceoffs, played defense, worked the corners, made good decisions, and was the recipient of a goal simply because he was hustling. Walker has played a little better than expected. He's been getting a lot of minutes, too _ 15 minutes-plus in both games. He's high-energy, a good skater. Plays bigger than his size. He had a couple of good chances Monday and had 5 shots on goal.
I know. Maybe it's because they're wearing all that gear.
By the way he fell, looks like it might be a hip. But don't know for sure.
Yeah, he kind of comes and goes in terms of being noticeable on the ice. I found it interesting that he got only 12 minutes of ice time on Monday and he's back on the second power play unit (had been on the first). Pure scorers are kind of streaky and have been known to "pout" when there not scoring. But Hoffman's numbers are good this season: 6G, 9A, plus-10. I think the Blues are getting the production they hoped for. And the last time I checked with Berube he said Hoffman's defense was fine.
Not sure. Petro? Or did he need to re-sign with the team for that to happen? Binnington needs more longevity to get in the running for a statue. I don't now about the pose, but the inscription should read: "Do I look nervous?"