Chat all things Blues with Tom Timmermann at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Chat all things Blues with Tom Timmermann at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Get your questions ready and join in at 1 p.m. Wednesday for our weekly Blues chat.

    Welcome to the chat. No way to put a pretty face on it: The Blues are in big, big trouble. It's really hard to see a way back for them. With that said, let's go to the questions.
    Hi, Tom. Thanks for your Blues coverage and your insightful chats. I am almost resigned to the Blues missing the playoffs and am amazed how the team has played so poorly after getting so many of their star players back from injuries. Do you think there is a good chance the team will trade Vince Dunn before the end of the season? His defense is awful. I am ready for Walman and Mikkola to play more minutes and move on from the Vince Dunn era to start a bit of a rebuild. Your thoughts?
    Almost anyone on this team could be traded now, but Dunn would be a leading candidate for a lot of reasons: He's young, he'll still be an RFA so cost-protected, and has an upside. He probably only gets you a second-round pick at best, but right now, the Blues can stand to re-stock the farm system. At first, it looked like they would trade him to get back under the cap. Then when it looked like they would keep him because he was the player most likely to go in the expansion draft. Now, it probably matters less to the Blues if they lose Dunn and somebody else.
    The Blues looked like they were getting close until this last game. Binnington signed for the money and now it's time he earned it. The goalie will always be the #1 key so put the team on his back and ride w him. Paranko skated a little better as the game went on but the Blues still need a big RH D this year to have a chance and will need one next year so might as well get one before the deadline. Speaking of that get what you can for Dunn as the D and PK will be better w either Mikkola/ Walman as the 3rd LH D. This move will be "addition by subtraction." The same goes for Hoffman. Blais would help the Berube style more and he could then go back to Schwartz-Schenn-Tarasenko, O'Reilly-Perron-Sanford as top 2 lines and run w them. If this season washes out get Paranko's back surgery done ASAP and Army better make Sundqvist one of his 7 protected forwards as this team seems to need all of his skill sets to be it's best self. There is still hope this year especially w O'Reilly leading this team. Go Blues
    We're not seeing from Binnington (and Husso) something we saw in the Cup season: the big save at the big time. The Blues, as we've seen lately, are in a fragile mode right now, where a shot this someone and goes and they fall behind and the next thing you know, the game has gone out the window. Keep that goal out, keep the game even, the Blues eventually take the lead, and they go from there. In the current seven-game run, they had a 2-0 lead on Anaheim, and that's it. In the other six games, they've never had a lead. 
    I would expect all the UFAs are on the market now. Would think there's very little reason to keep Hoffman at this point.
    With Sunny being hurt this year and would need to go through rehab; would Seattle still take a chance on him.....Should we risk leaving him exposed to protect another player
    This will be one of the gambles the Blues will have to consider. If Dunn is gone, Sundqvist would be one of the players likely left exposed, unless the Blues took a chance on exposing Perron and hoping his age would scare them away. But would his injury situation lead the Kraken somewhere else? Still, is he was only going to miss the first month or so of the season, the Kraken would be well-advised to grab him, I would think. It's a long-term play.
    Have the Blues tuned out Berube? Has Chief lost the ear of the team? As I see it there are a number of players the Blues could offer up for younger talent or draft picks. Bozak, Dunn, Tarasenko, Sanford, Hoffman, Schwartz, Bortuzzo. Hypothetically, let’s say all these players are gone by the trading deadline. Who would be available then for the Kraken to take?
    I've said this before, but on the concept of tuning a coach out, there's so much turnover in the NHL that it seems hard to do. Has Krug tuned him out after four months? Or Faulk? They haven't been there very long. And among the veterans, has O'Reilly or Schenn? Maybe you could have one or two guys do it, but it would take a lot to spread throughout the room. Still, Berube's been preaching and they haven't been responding.
    Hypothetically, that's a lot of players to be gone at the deadline. There have been only a couple trades so far, and it remains to be seen if there will be a lot of trades. And if they've traded that many people, at some point they must have gotten a human being back. Having a lot of extra picks in this draft isn't a great thing. But if the Blues had a yard sale like you suggest, Scandella could be appealing to the Kraken.  
    Hi Tom T, thanks for your time today. I really don’t want to see Berube lose his job because of this team’s not playing well. We need to have the “check” back into the Enterprise Center, and everywhere else!!!!!! So, Dunn and Hoffman for Manson. Tough, good checker. Bortuzzo, Schwartz, Tarasenko for Jack Eichel. Let Blais, Sanford, Mikkola play and prove they are winners.
    I think if Manson moves, it will be to a contender this season. And Hoffman does Anaheim no good. 
    Berube has probably built up some capital with Armstrong after winning a Stanley Cup. When Yeo got fired, Armstrong felt there was still time to turn the season around. (And there was) Not so this season.
    This roster needs a shake up, and since it's unlikely Army can find enough players to dramatically alter the team's trajectory this season, it's time to get a jump on reshaping the roster for next season. Trades like Hall for Hoffman won't really help the team this season, and flipping Dunn for a 1st round pick won't help the team next season. Tom, what kind of moves, if any, could Army make at this trade deadline that will better set up the Blues for success next season?
    I don't think you're going to see a "hockey trade," of player for player right now. Teams that are dumping players are sending them to contenders, and the Blues aren't going to get someone back from an expiring UFA. The Blues need to restock the farm system. Other than Kostin, not much on the forward front in the system. Maybe if you can get a prospect from a team in one of these deals, that would be good. But it will be tough to get someone that helps right away, but if they could get a youngster who's a year away, that would be a good take for them. But for that, there will need to be a team that thinks the missing piece is Hoffman or Dunn or someone like that.
    Good afternoon Tom. As always thank you for taking our questions and talking all things Blues. In my opinion Craig Berube is the best coach in the NHL bar none. He appears to be firmly in charge of his team and not overly concerned about “political correctness “. Tells it like it is even if it’s not what the players want to necessarily hear. In yesterday’s PD there was an article referencing the team coming full circle from when he took over from Mike Yeo. Even TLR said coaches messages get old to the players. If the team’s awful malaise continues the remainder of the season is Berube’s job in jeopardy? I believe he deserves a do over because of all the injuries to key players. Thanks
  • If Armstrong thought he could salvage this season, it might be considered, but now, the focus is on next season. But if things don't play out next year with a good roster, then it's certainly on the table. And the injuries this season are certainly a mitigating factor, though the team is starting to play just as bad now that players are coming back.
    Every NHL coach has a shelf life. Berube’s has expired. Thanks for the cup, pal, but time to move on. It’s just not working. Up next...John Tortorella. Please tell me you aren’t scared at the prospect of covering Torts like your colleague Gordo.
    If Berube doesn't work, Tortorella is the answer?
  • Hi Tom, thoughts on your lunch today? And thoughts on when would be the clear signal to sell at the deadline? Sorta thought it would be last game, but maybe dropping tonight and the first to Minnesota would seal this season's fate?
    Had a salad for lunch. Eating Ritz crackers during the chat.
    I see no reason for any more information. The Blues are looking at having to win 11 (if the right ones) to 13 of their final 18 games to make the playoffs. That seems like a haul, and if they do, it's hard to see a deep playoff run, though I suppose if they closed with a run like that, maybe the optimism would go up. 
    And even if Arizona falls on its face, San Jose is there too. All these games are against each other, so catching up is going to be tough. 
    There hasn't been much talk of Schwartz signing an extension of late. If the Blues decide to sell at the deadline, any chance Jaden moves on to a contender? Army could always pull the old Tkachuk, and trade Schwartz to a playoff team and then resign Jaden in the offseason.
    Armstrong said that things were going on behind the scenes (or actually, I think he compared it to a duck paddling his feet, so in this case underwater), but right now, I would expect that the talks have gone on hold pending whether it matters or not. There is always the chance for a Tkachuk like return if you moved him on, but he was also 35 at the time and was eager to come back. Schwartz has more of a future ahead of him, so that wouldn't be a given to come back.
    Prediction for score tonight? I’m thinking 5-2 VGK.
    Based on recent games, that would be right in the wheelhouse. But I didn't think the Blues would play a 2-1 game with Colorado.
    Tom, I'm not sure I understand why a player could be traded from New York to Los Angeles and report the next day, but a player from Detroit to Montreal goes into moth balls for two weeks? As long a a player tests negative, at this stage of the season I don't get why the delay. If it's a US/Canada thig then I think it's pretty silly.
    Canada has reduced the quarantine on players crossing the border to seven days, and with the COVID running through the Canucks, the league has plenty of reason to still be cautious. And that player going from New York to Los Angeles can only play the next day if he flies on a charter and not a commercial flight. Otherwise, he has a quarantine too.
  • I think it’s sell time for Army and the Blues. This team isn’t playing inspired hockey and hasn’t in weeks. Who’s trade bait? Hoffman, Bozak and Dunn, if takers?
    All the UFAs are available, as is Dunn. And at this point, if the right offer is made, almost anyone could probably be had. There are probably only a few untouchables, along with a few guys whose contracts make them untradeable. Not sure of the market for Bozak, especially with his cap hit, but Hoffman and Dunn should attract some interest.
  • Is the Pronger ceremony on schedule to be held next season?
    On schedule for next season, assuming things are back to normal and there are fans in the building. Which I'm guessing will be the case.
    Krug hasn't come close to equaling the production lost with Petro's departure. Husso hasn't proved capable of replacing Allen, and Hoffman hasn't provided enough scoring. None of the Blues' offseason moves have panned out. Couple that with the injuries, COVID reeking havoc on the schedule, and the team trying to rediscover its cohesion without the benefit of any real training camp or preseason and it's little wonder the Blues are likely to miss the playoffs. Tom, does the front office view this season as somewhat of an aberration caused by so many factors working against the team or does Army view the way this roster is currently constructed as fundamentally flawed and in need of an overhaul?
    I think the "window" for the Blues with the current cast of characters is closing rapidly. Armstrong could decide that this season was an anomaly, between the injuries keeping them away from full strength and COVID keeping the new faces for fitting into the group. Krug, like Faulk, figures to be better in his second season. Tarasenko should be closer to 100 percent, though it's still to be seen what fully healthy looks like for him. There could be the feeling that a jolt is needed, and a big name is traded. But if next season doesn't pan out, then the window is closed and the overhaul begins. Right now, this team has a lot of talent and is underperforming. But definitely some extenuating circumstances.
    One more question, why the hell is it an 8:00 start tonight?
    On Wednesday, the NBCSN has an exclusive window that goes for 90 minutes, I believe, after the start of its late game. So if the Blues game started at 7, it couldn't be televised locally. The second game on NBCSN, Montreal at Toronto, starts at 7:30 Eastern. Colorado at Minnesota also starts at 8 Central tonight
    Try Trader Joe's Red Chili Crackers much better than a Ritz.
    I used to work for Nabisco, so I have some brand loyalty.
  • Tom, let's say Hoffman is dealt to the Lightning tonight. Is it the responsibility of the team getting the player to provide private transportation so that the player is allowed to play the next day? Does the league monitor and verify the transportation?
    I would think it would be the responsibility of the acquiring team to deal with that. After all, what do the Blues care any more? And the league would monitor how he got there. Teams have people in charge of making sure the protocols are being followed.
    If the Blues are down at any point in the game 3-1 or more its time to even the score with Stone.
    Maybe 4-1. Even with a struggling team like the Blues, hockey game can change quickly.
    Tom, I really believe the outcome of tonight’s game will seal the fate of this team for the season. If they come out and lay an egg then a shakeup is in order. This team was playing with heart and energy prior to Tarasenko coming back into the lineup. Since then they have played lack luster hockey. I really believe Tarasenko’s comments about not being selected as captain has changed the mood of the locker room upon his return… when he finally did return. It certainly put O’Reilly in an awkward position. Trade Tarasenko and get a #1 & #3 draft pick. Dunn, Sanford and Hoffman need to be moved as well. My 15 year old grandson could knock Hoffman off the puck. We don’t need a total tear down, just replace a few non-working parts.
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