I haven't heard an update, but at this point, he might as well stay because he's going to get a chance to play there that he won't get in America for at least a month. Eventually, the Blues will want him back because you don't want him to have to re-learn to play on a smaller NHL rink or to decide he's not going to get a chance in the NHL so why not stay in Russia? Kostin will be a tricky issue for the Blues. They need him to know he's still part of their plans and they really want him, but that right now, this is what's best for his development. He'll have a year to go on his Blues contract after this season.
The Blues haven't said anything to the contrary. He wasn't around in training camp, at least on the ice, which is all we see. With everything that's going on, having someone drop in is something the NHL is discouraging, so for right now, there isn't much for him to do in person.
There are probably some teams for which that's true. In fact, there's probably a lot of teams for which that's true. Bettman said about 50 percent of league revenues from tickets and other game-day sales, such as parking and concessions. As for the billions, I don't know if he's counting losses or just lost revenue. The absence of ticket sales means a lot of money you don't get, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're losing money.
If anyone sits on the defense, it's Bortuzzo and/or Gunnarsson. Hard to make a case for any of the others to sit out. On offense, they'll want to work Blais in somewhere. Clifford will probably sit from time to time, and Kryou could come out as well just because. But guys will get hurt, guys will get banged up, things will happen to create spots. But if there are guys who have to produce, it's pretty obvious. Faulk would have to do a lot wrong to be coming out.
Key injuries. Binnington going out, O'Reilly or Schenn missing a lot of time. Or maybe both of them. The way this team is set up, it's a lot of guys who have a job to do and know how to use it. The team showed last season it can overcome something like Faulk not scoring.
They all do. Steve Ott gets a lot of credit from young forwards for the work he does helping them out. Same goes for Mike Van Ryn on defense. I'm sure Jim Montgomery will leave his mark too. With Montgomery in charge of the power play, having Hoffman and Krug will make him look like a genius.
If not me, then I'm sure someone will ask him. That might be a case where Tarasenko brings it up before we even ask him in an effort to control the situation. Sure, I wish everyone would talk to the Post-Dispatch first, but that's how these things go. And I can understand him wanting to do an interview in his native tongue. If I was living in Russia and an American journalist wanted to talk to me, I'd probably be more interested in that interview than with a Russian paper. I'd feel more confident in being able to say how I felt.
The Blues do appear to be a deep team, though most of the forwards waiting in the wings are fourth-line guys. Though you would have the ability to plug them in and move Sundqvist or Barbashev up in the lineup. Ultimately, they're more than fourth-line guys.
Jesus has returned to Houston, where he is editor of a Spanish language sports website, ouresquina.com.
Erik Johnson of Colorado has tested positive. With the start of the season, the league will begin identifying players with positive COVID tests, but they didn't for training camp. Not exactly sure why. Columbus, Pittsburgh and Vancouver are teams that have cancelled activities at some point. Erik
It could force teams to make trades earlier, so you're getting more time with the new player, and it certainly would impact any trade between a Canadian team and an American team. Teams will still look to unload UFA's they won't re-sign. The return may not be as high as in the past.
Dunn has gotten some looks with the second pairing before, and will again if the Blues are playing catchup. But on a regular basis? His D will have to get better.