I haven't really gotten a good look at Binnington. In every practice so far, and even in the Wednesday night scrimmage, he has been at the far end of the ice. So it's been hard to get a good look, particularly with players in front of him. Normally we'd be able to move to the other end of the rink, but in these pandemic times media movements are limited at Centene _ we have to stay in one area of the rink. Husso hasn't really left much of an impression on me to this point, good or bad.
Did you mean Tuesday? Or Wednesday after the scrimmage? It just seems like regular Berube to me. I still like to get him to crack a smile with an off-beat question or two. But he's an intense guy.
I don't know how it got started or if it will continue, but somehow I ended up in the role of "set-up" man for Binnington's postgame routine. It made for interesting copy, so on that level I had no problem with it. And you're right, Binnington loves a crowd and doesn't mind one bit playing the villain on the road.
There's no doubt he is. But the Blues may have to remove some payroll at some point to get under the cap, so somebody could have to go.
No he hasn't. When we got him on Zoom on Monday _ the first day of camp _ it was several hours before the Springfield (Mass.) news came out. I'll try to ask him next time around.
Thanks for asking. Over a 10-month period we had only about 6 weeks of "hockey season" to cover _ back in July and August. So Tom and I are glad to be busy. Besides, compared to football training camp, this is a relative picnic. Four weeks in Macomb, Ill. at Camp Vermeil. Two-a-day practices that lasted 3 hours apiece in 95-degree heat. . . . .
I haven't seen or heard much of her. One of the last times I saw her in person was actually during the White House visit last season, which seems about 5 lifetimes ago.
Do you mean, available on certain carriers? If so, this is something we need to look into Perhaps our media writer Dan Caesar can look into it.
Yeah, on paper any way, the PP could be formidable. As for the PK, the Blues will be missing some regular there in Steen, Bouwmeester and Petro. I think we're looking at defenders such as Faulk, Scandella, Bortuzzo, Gunnarsson, some Parayko. (And Mikkola if he's on the "varsity.") Up front, there are old reliables such as Barbashev, Sundqvist, O'Reilly, Bozak. Sanford starting get some work there last season and I think that will continue. I think Berube has talked about trying Thomas there some as well.
Binnington had a very good season last year, and started out great in Edmonton, but it was the last few games in the bubble where the bottom fell out for him. He is a highly-motivated individual to begin with. But as you point out, being in a contract year will be even bigger motivation.
Yeah, would've been fun. I was busy watching Seattle fans trying to throw beer on Isaac Bruce back then.
Seems like a pretty logical take here. Again, I'll try to ask him when I get a chance.
Armstrong isn't afraid to think out of the box and isn't afraid to take chances. In that respect, "Army" reminds me of "Armey" _ former Rams GM Charley Armey who helped built the Greatest Show Rams. As part of our Blues hockey preview section coming out next week, Ben Frederickson is writing a column on Armstrong's 10-year run as Blues GM.
I hope you have extra "tape." I think I smell overtime or two in that one.
Trust me, Hoffman wouldn't be here _ much less working on the top power play unit _ if he wasn't signing here. The expectation is that the one-year deal will be in the $4 million range. It's a fait accompli as they might say up in Quebec.
Yeah, the bounce off the ref. I had forgotten that.
He looks fine. We're only in the fourth day of camp (and today, Day 4, is a day off), so it's not like we've got a bead on all 40 Blues in camp,