So I'm guessing you voted "no" on the the poll?
Compared to what what Petro and Krug were making on their previous contracts, I think the new deals are about right. In normal times,, I'd think Petro would top $9 million a year, and Krug would top $7 million per. Armstrong obviously jumped out quickly on Krug after it became apparent that Pietrangelo was headed elsewhere. Maybe he could've waited on Krug in the hopes the price would go down, but waiting could have left him empty-handed. And since Pietrangelo and Krug were easily the cream of the crop among free-agent defensemen, that was a risk Armstrong didn't want to take.
Nothing new that I've heard of. Keep in mind, he's still pretty early in the rehab process.
I'm not really a big uniform person, but I don't like them either. It would be different if red was one of the Blues' primary uniform colors. But it's not (with the exception of those '95-97 uniforms.) If you were going to go reverse-retro, why not have Blues' gold/yellow as the primary color instead of red? As my oldest son pointed out, red is the color of two of the Blues' biggest historical rivals _ the Blackhawks and the Red Wings.
That's an interesting question. As my colleague Tom Timmermann pointed out, maybe the schedule will at least by backloaded _ with a heavier concentration of games in the spring _ in the hopes that with a vaccine out, you could get at least some fans in the stands. Of course, we have no idea right now how readily available the vaccine will be right away. I would think hockey fans would be down the list a ways, behind front-line medical people, first responders, essential workers, the elderly, etc. But I think in general, the earlier games can start the better as far as the league is concerned.
Well, too late for that, eh? Maybe they should've given you a call
I think the minimum is 48, and the max maybe something like 72. Some are saying 60. So there's your range. Obviously, the later the season starts, the lower the number of games played will be.
In general, I think your idea is a good one. But even so, I don't think Armstrong has to rush into it. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure he's always making calls. But right now, it's early in terms of getting a feel for when Tarasenko will realistically get back. Plus, what if by the time Tarasenko and/or Steen are healthy there's another Blues player on LTIR. That's probably more likely than we think.
Sure. If the Blues are in a realigned West--Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose,, Vegas--they're pretty familiar with those teams already. And I think they'll see these teams more often than 3 or 4 times because I think the idea is that there will be few or no games between divisions. So, for example, in this realigned West if the teams played each other 8 times, that would make 56 games.
Hah. Yeah, a little bit. But it's just one of those idiosyncrasies of hockey that I find fascinating. Like not stepping on the team logo in the locker room. Or having the starting goalie lead the team out on the ice before a game. Or letting a rookie take a lap on the ice before his first game prior to the rest of the team, etc.
That's part of it. I think they want to be finished no later than about July 15. And they definitely want to be done by then because NBC has the Olympics starting July 23
Speaking of captains. . . .When practice starts, we'll see if anyone's wearing a 'C." At worst it might be in the preseason games. At very worst, right before regular season starts.
I'm pretty sure it won't be the last time. But yeah, I think $8 million a year over 8 years is a pretty fair offer in these pandemic times. And yeah, with a full no-move clause and the kind of signing bonus money Pietrangelo got in Vegas, I think he stays here.