Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
Brayden Schenn will be an interesting case. He is coming off of a down offensive season, so he may want to bet on himself and go for the bigger money. The Blues are glad to control him for another year. At worst, they can use him as an excellent rental for another playoff run. Alex Pietrangelo is the bigger priority for a contract extension. Elite two-way forwards are precious and those dollars will get large. While I would endorse a Schenn extension given his hard-nosed style that adds real value, I could see how he could become a salary cap casualty given the team's depth up front and his potential for a big ask. Robert Thomas will command a major role and the you have Oskar Sundqvist and Sammy Blais taking big steps. Jordan Kyrou needs to play in the NHL next season as well and Zach Sanford raised his hand during the playoffs.
No. And I expect that it was nothing amazing. I believe this team needs to look outside for power-play help, as the Nashville Predators did.
I will keep an eye out for you.
With these pitching injuries piling up, it's hard to be optimistic about this season. Pitching was the strength going into the season and then lots of bad stuff started happening. They are a few more bad weeks away from getting buried. They are lucky the Chicago Cubs haven't already put some real distance on them.
She did watch. Like you say, Game 7 is Game 7. She was with her 92-year-old mom and had the volume down so she not hear the record number of F-Bombs the Blues dropped on NBC's on-ice microphones.
Indeed. Mike Liut and Curtis Joseph both had a chance to be special, but they didn't enjoy sustained postseason success before exiting. Grant Fuhr got hurt. And then there was Roman Turek . . .
I have not. I believe he is still involved teaching at the Banff Hockey Academy. Glad to see that they stayed in hockey after his coaching career.
Brad Marchand had a tough Cup Final. The Bruins didn't get much from their top guys at even strength and that's why they are not having a parade. Credit Jordan Binnington and the top Blues D-men for some of that, but, like you say, your best players have to be your best players. All the top Blues guys had strong postseasons and the pulled off the upset.
Bill DeWitt III is tight with Tom Stillman and a big hockey fan, but I'm not sure if he made it over. He doesn't draw the camera the way Yadier Molina does.
All the key players should be back for one more year. The Binnington contract could cause some minor salary cap concerns and the Blues may have to reduce some of their forward clutter. Pat Maroon will be an interesting case. The league is going for more speed and I am not sure what the market will look like for him.
Yes, the competitive window will stay open for a while. They nucleus is prime age or younger and there are some decent prospects coming into fill gaps. That said, the NHL features remarkable parity. As we always say, any team that gets in has a chance to win it all . . . and any team also has a chance to take a quick powder, as Tampa Bay did this season. So enjoy the parade and don't get greedy!
Boston had the better team in terms of high-end talent, but the Blues played better -- as they did against San Jose, another loaded team. Boston fans are mad at Tuukka Rask, but he's the reason why they played for the Cup. They are mad at Patrice Bergeron, but clearly he was playing hurt. And, of course, Zdeno Chara played while visibly hurt. Bruins fans just couldn't imagine their heroes losing to the underdogs in Game 7.
As a goaltender, he was just a guy compared to some of the big names who played here. As a broadcaster he was one of the best ever. And as an executive, he started this franchise down the road to the Cup. St. Louis owes him big time. And he is a fabulous guy on top of it all.
Again, enjoy the parade and remember that this Cup took 52 years. I believe we will some excellent hockey during the next few years, but matching this run . . . well, that's asking a lot. Again, there are so many contenders on this side of the league.
Oh, it happens. Plenty of people hope on board deep into the title run. But the depth of love for this franchise by the diehards is hard to describe. Those are the people I'm thinking of right now.
No idea. Check with the baseball guys to see if they know.
Although the media has been focused more on the Blues lately, Cardinals management noticed that the team is not faring well. Its stated goal is annual contention and that's where the urgency comes from. This team will fall out of contention if it doesn't change course soon. Urgency led to last year's midseason managerial change and it led to the bullpen overhaul. What will happen this summer? We'll see, but complacency in the face of .500 won't be one of them. I would expect changes of some description.
It will be interesting to see where Craig's dollars go. Mike Babcock set a high bar in Toronto and Joel Quenneville got paid in Florida. Berube doesn't have the same head coaching longevity, but he's been around the block. He won't sell himself short.