You're right about that. If the Blues start like they did during the Cup year _ well, forget about it. But I think they're in the playoffs this year, and once you're in _ anything can happen. Like most observers, I have the Blues finishing third in the division behind Colorado and Vegas. Even more than not having Pietrangelo, the goaltending will be key. As much Husso as the No. 2, as Binnington.
I think Steen earned the right over the years to be given enough time over an offseason to make up his mind. And I agree with your last point. There's no guarantee Pietrangelo would've stayed anyway, given the issues over signing bonus and the No Movement Clause.
Not just O'Reilly, but Schenn as an alternate. I've always thought Schenn had a lot of leadership potential. And I think you'll agree that Schenn plays hockey the Blues' way.
What I want to know is what happened to A.A.'s defense? He was about minus-1 zillion in plus-minus last season. You know you gotta play defense to play for Berube. But maybe if you can get him on the cheap you take a flyer on the guy.
That would be awful. I'm OK with the helmet ads _ they look pretty small ad unobtrusive from what I ca tell. I guess I'm even OK with an ad or two on the ice. But that's it.
There will be a taxi squad _ kind of like the "practice squad" in the NFL. Teams can have four-to-six taxi squad members practicing with the team, attending team meetings. They can even travel with the team, but they can't play in games. It's my understanding that the Blues plan to use the full six members for their taxi squad _ one of which will be a third goalie. The taxi squad will be pretty important this year. They're the short list of the players the Blues will consider as callups.
Sorry for any confusion here. I answered the question about callups, before I posted the question.
He was slated to play for the Edmonton Oils Kings of the WHL again. But with the WHL delaying the start of its season due to COVID-19, the Blues then loaned him to the Brooks Bandits of the lower-level Alberta Junior Hockey League just to get some games in. But before Neighbours could get a game in their the AJHL suspended its season, and they're still on hold
Or have lots of cardboard cutouts in the stands. People pay for them I understand. Of course, they'd have to remove them once fans were in the stands.
Nothing's been discussed yet. But I would think the Post-Dispatch, as usual, will be at all games. And since I have antibodies as someone who had COVID, I'm probably the logical choice.
With basically enough players for two squads, I would think they'd have two separate practice groups. But they won't have to be out there in small groups. Counting goalies, you'll have basically 19 players in each group.
Totally agree. Keep in mind. The Blues can't do anything with Enterprise, without approval of the city of St. Louis and its health officials. I'm pretty sure the city will err on the side of caution.
I believe Florida is going this way as well. The Blues have a roving goalie instructor in their organizational system in addition to their goalie coach. But it's my impression that they're not necessarily worried about having the same style of goalie. Keep in mind, it's routine for all of these goalies to have their own personal or private goalie coach _ I know Binnington does this _ so they're getting plenty of coaching.
The Coyotes are 6-2-1 against the Blues in the three years I've been on the beat, and many of those Arizona wins were by lopsided margins. Because their coach is one of Berube's best friends, he knows Berube's style of hockey well. Frequently over the past three seasons, I've felt they've beaten the Blues at their own style of game. So yeah, they will be a handful. I don't think they have enough offensive firepower to win the West, but they certainly have the defense and the goaltending.
I don't think the Blues need a replacement per se for Steen, or are necessarily looking for one. But I'm sure Armstrong is leaving no stone unturned.
Tarasenko would say otherwise. But I think the Blues have every reason to be concerned. I've stated and written many times. The shoulder is a hard thing to keep healthy once there's ligament, tendon damage, etc. And from talking to doctors on the subject over the years, dating back to my time on the football beat, the more you dislocated a shoulder, the more likely it is to happen again. So we'll see.
Did this just happen while we were on the chat? Wow. I know the Lightning have a lot of good players and a lot of depth, but that's a tough one.