He certainly is a glue player. And their won-loss record with him in the lineup is noticeably better than when he's out of the lineup. That can't all be coincidence. But he also misses a fair amount of games due to injury - partly because he plays so hard. So who do you expose to make room for Sundqvist at forward? Schwartz, Schenn, O'Reilly, Thomas, Kyrou, Tarasenko, Perron?
My untouchable list would include O'Reilly, Perron, Schenn, Thomas, Kyrou, Parayko. Maybe I'm being over-generous here. But I'm not giving up on prospects like Thomas or Kyrou, just because they're injured (Thomas) or struggling (Kyrou). You've invested a lot of time and coaching into them. Similarly, I'm not ready to dump Schenn just because he's in a scoring slump..
I don't want to say he's the most disappointing Blue, but I expected more from him in terms of physical play. Klim Kostin has to make the roster next year - he's a physical player, at times too penalty-prone _ and I think he could step right in on the fourth line. Clifford has one year left on his contract after this season, which pays him $1 million a year.
Don't know what to tell you. But how many times have you heard Berube say he'd like the Blues to play a simpler, "north" style of hockey?
And in an ideal world, I think Faulk and Krug would be a pretty good second pairing. I'm not sure if there's a lefthanded D-man out there for next year that the Blues could pair with Parayko? Could Scandella be that guy? (Asking for a friend.)
I didn't necessarily notice that in the last couple of games, but yeah, for the most part this season, Binnington has been allowing more soft goals or "goals he'd like to have back." than in the prior two seasons..
It's very puzzling, isn't it? I realize there's another team out there, it's a balanced league, and things aren't always going to go your way. But this has been going on for much of the season.
I can't pick all three, huh? I'd probably give you a different answer based on what day of the week it was. I guess I'll say strengthen the group of defensemen.
All the injuries tapped out the team's depth. To me, the fourth line has been the most under-producing line this season in large part because of injuries. Obviously, most of the injured players are back right now, and the fourth line is still not contributing.
I think you can still make the playoffs and yet realize you need to upgrade the roster. And yeah, I'm pretty sure the Blues have a first-rounder next year. Someone out there correct me if I'm wrong.
If you add draft picks rather than established players in the offseason, that usually means you're not getting help right away. Does that mean you think the window has closed or is closing on the current group as a legit Cup contende? If that's the case, then that's a change of opinion for Armstrong, who at least entering the season thought that window might stay open for another 2, 3, 4 years. I know that doesn't really answer your question, but it's hard to predict which way Armstrong will go in the offseason
The sooner the better, right?
You know, I was traveling to and from Arizona on the days of the public and private memorial services, so didn't watch them first hand. But I read our P-D stories, and it sounded like the Blues did it right.
Haven't talked to Kroenke since the Rams left town, but in past years I talked to him a lot both in personal conversations - like in the hallways at a league meeting - and in formal interview settings. Things changed dramatically once he assumed control of the team in 2010 (I think it was 2010). Before that he was pretty amiable.
Stan's perfect business model is to keep his teams just competitive enough to keep the fans spending money and coming out. He's had to have the Rams more competitive in LA because he needs to sell seats in his new stadium. He is all about the money, though. A smart businessman but not smart enough to realize you can't take it with you. And apparently unconcerned with his legacy.
That was an excellent column by Gordo. Some might call it trust. Some might simply call it a lack of confidence. But it's certainly missing right now.
You captain also won the Conn Smythe. Your previous captain, you know the first guy to ever lift a Stanley Cup in St. Louis, wasn't exactly a rough-tough player I don't think it's the captain.
Even in trying times, Perron is fun to watch. I didn't know what to expect when he came here, but he has exceeded most expectations, I would think.