Hello again everybody. Looks like the NHL is creeping ever closer to a return to play, Dmitrij Jaskin keeps scoring goals in the KHL, and the Blues (like most of the NHL) lost money during the pandemic according to Forbes. What's on your minds today?
Steen, Bozak and Gunnarsson are among a handful of Blues whose contracts are up after the 2020-21 season. Pick two of those three. In fact, all three could be gone.
Looks like Jaskin struck again in the KHL. His 24th goal of the season gave Dymamo Moscow a 3-2 win over Dinamo Minsk today.
Where would you like to see the Blues placed. _ in a western division with the California teams,, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas? Or in a Central Division that might include Chicago, Detroit and Nashville, but also Tampa Bay and Florida?
Well, I guess you could list Schwartz-Thomas-Schenn as the top line. Sanford did his best work with O'Reilly and Perron last year, so it makes sense to have them start out the season that way. I guess the biggest stretch is having Kyrou on the third line. But I like his speed, and I think he needs to play. Now the biggest change might be when Tarasenko comes back. I think you have to start him out with Schwartz and Schenn. So what do you do with Thomas? Do you drop him to the third line with Blais and Bozak (thus dropping Kyrou to the fourth line _ not ideal _ or out of the lineup altogether?) Or do you try him on a line with O'Reilly and Perron, dropping Sanford to the third line _ again probably at the expense of Kyrou? I think both Berube and Armstrong want to see Thomas get top 6 minutes this season. To do this, Thomas needs to continue to improve on defense and needs to shoot more.
I think mid-July is more likely _ just before the Olympics start. If you squeeze in 56 games in 3 1/2 months, you leave a cushion of one or two weeks for any games that must be rescheduled due to COVID, and then you allow two to 2 1/2 months for the playoffs.
Yeah, a very slow start on the questions today. But it usually picks up as we go along. And think about it _ we've gone 9 months with only six weeks' worth of Blues hockey season _ from July 13 (start of training camp 2.0) to July 21 (when the Blues lost Game 6 to Vancouver in the Edmonton bubble).. Maybe most Blues fans are finally out of questions.
And as to the previous questioner asking about more info on Steen, yes, the hope is we will get more details on Steen's status once camp starts. But you know how the NHL is about injury info _ easily the worst in pro sports _ and that's been especially true during the pandemic.
I accidentally punched out two questions at once _ on ads on jerseys, and postponing ceremonial nights for Pronger and Pietrangelo.
As for ads on jerseys, I know it's pretty commonplace in the European leagues, but I guess I'm old school on this. I'd rather not have any ads. And I say, just tough it out _ the revenue (or at lest most of it) should come back post-pandemic. But if you have to go that route, your idea of a single bar at the bottom of the jersey would at least be somewhat palatable.
I'm pretty sure anything he's mentioned to the media already has been discussed with Berube. He has also said on more than one occasion that he picks the roster, but the head coach decides who plays and how much.
I wouldn't be surprised if we had an agreement on return to play by the end of this week or early next week. The economic impasse basically put things in stalemate mode for 2, 3 weeks. Now, if I understand it right, the league (meaning owners) have just decided to pass on the economic discussion and will abide by the CBA agreement of last summer. So I think things should start moving now.
Farr's been away for some time. He's part of the Rams' broadcast team in LA, and does some social media work for the team as well as far as I can tell. I miss D'Marco. He was a fun guy to be around.
My thoughts exactly. If they could work out an agreement where it would be inobtrusive and only be for a season or two while the league re=establishes itself post-pandemic, I might say OK. But if it's successful the NHL probably would want to continue the practice. Isn't that the way it almost always goes?
I'm not sure if the ad revenue you're talking about would go into the 50-50 players' split with the owners (teams) or not. But you're right, these are unusual times. And better to put up with something like ads on the ice than, say,, an increase in ticket prices or higher concession prices, parking, etc.
I have only seen the ornament as depicted on social media. Glad you like it.