Yea, definitely think Colorado is the team to beat. I don't know, though, that I quite see the Predators at the level of the Blues and Stars.
No. Unless he has some kind of rehab setback, I think Tarasenko's back at some point.
No entirely sure, but I think he's doing fine.
I think we'll certainly see those combos at some point. Although I think I prefer a top for of Scandella-Parakyo and Krug-Faulk.
Bortuzzo has this year and next on his current contract, which has a cap count of $1.375 million. That's pretty cheap labor. So I think it's entirely possible that he finishes out the contract.
Thanks for pointing this out.
I talked to him a few times over the years _ when he was a Cardinals executive _ but didn't really have a relationship with him. I think you could make a strong case for him as the best pro football player to play for a St. Louis team. For starters, he's the only St. Louis Cardinal or St. Louis Ram to make the NFL's 100-year anniversary team. That says a lot right there. I remember watching the game as a youngster when he intercepted a pass wearing a cast on BOTH HANDS. He was practically the inventor of the safety blitz. (Technically, he wasn't the first player ever to blitz from the safety position _ but he was the player that really popularized that strategy.) I watched the Monday night game this week between the Cardinals and Cowboys and noticed the No. 8 patch the Big Red were wearing in his honor. The announcing crew finally mentioned something about him (and the patch), but did so with all the enthusiasm of reading a promo for the 10 o'clock news. I was very disappointed. (Show some old footage. Try injecting a little passion) He was a remarkable player.
An upset of course if not O'Reilly. Right?
Among the D-men, it would have to be Parayko, Scandella, Bortuzzo, Gunnarsson and Faulk getting the bulk of PK. Perhaps Mikkola, too, if he makes the roster. I certainly expect a Scandella-Parayko pairing as the shutdown duo. And yes I think Krug got a lot of O-zone starts in Boston.
Not sure. Remember, he was injured in the bubble, something I believe he aggravated from a practice injury in camp before leaving for Edmonton.
Interesting thought on would Petro have re-signed if the Blues had not won the Cup. I think the security he got in Vegas may still have got him out of St. Louis. As for dodging a bullet, you could be right _ at least on the last two, three years.
He told me last season, around the time of his 1,000th game _ but before the injury _ that he wanted to paly again this season. I don't think the injury is considered career-ending.
"Usually" is the operative word here. It didn't happen this time. I don't think it's a big secret, though, in terms of some kind of cover-up.
Good point. He did have some ups and downs. But his production was up markedly from '18-19.
These chats now automatically shut down at 4 p.m. So it's time to go. Once again, we didn't get through all the questions. My apologies on that, but please come back next Wednesday. Regards. . . .