Possibly, but that's longshot. As you know, getting this deep into the postseason in such a competitively balanced league is a rare achievement. The first step will be to scale back their beer consumption, but it could be a while before we see that . . .
He had run his course with the Blues. He had been the middle of so much drama here. He needed the change to reset his game and become a Cup-caliber player. It's great to see him back helping the organization because he so positive and passionate -- and fun.
I haven't talked to him in the last few days. But every time I saw him during this run he was smiling. He did some hard time for this franchise and, like Hull, is one of the more passionate and fun guys to have around.
No, he has earned some down time.
Duly noted for readers of the chat.
I was very, very happy for all of those fans who saw the team through the dark days. And the same goes for long-timers like Bob Plager and Bruce Affleck, guys who did so much for the franchise over the years. I could go on and on about those who never gave up on hockey here. And, to be honest, I am still having a hard time believing this really happened.
He left St. Louis because Boston offered him one more year at the same rate. It appears he could get a buyout. If that happens, he can look back on his decision to leave with some regret. He left a great situation here with some very close friends on the team.
For sure the franchise was in limbo for a while. Laurie created a real mess here, one that required quite a cleanup by Checketts, John Davidson and Co. Remember how Mark Sauer, then the team president, was telling everybody that hockey could not make it here?
I'd be shocked if a goaltender got a huge offer sheet based on a half season plus a hot playoff. History tells us that NHL goaltenders are a dicey investment. Plus, the Blues spend to the salary can they could create whatever space they need to get him signed.
Tony had some down years on his watch, especially early on. A bigger issue is going from teams that had the greatest hitter of his generation, "MVP3" offensive depth and tough veteran pitching to a mishmash offense and an unpolished pitching staff.
No idea. Not in New York, don't have the Weather Channel on.
Mike has moved on to a good gig in Philadelphia. But painful? Oh my,
I like that comparison. Faulk was a super smart player, tremendous with his preparations. O'Reilly is the same way. In terms of enjoying the pro lifestyle, both are 10 out of 10 for that too.
No, he still has some hockey left in him. But like Steve Ott, he could move easily into a coaching role.
I bet Wainwright comes back as a starter because this staff can't stay healthy. I imagine there will be rotation openings all year.
Right now I'd say Mikolas. His slider has lost his bite. If he doesn't get that pitch back, then how can he stay in the rotation?
Yes, context means everything in that assessment. One franchise is butt deep in trophies, the other is not.
Everybody else who has hit there has struggled. So what's a manager to do?
I expect him to get one more contract here. Armstrong has made every effort to keep his key veterans. Like I said, he made a good try with Backes.
This is a strong ownership group. Getting the Taylors more involved is gold. The franchise is going nowhere.
Hey, it's not like you couldn't run into David Freese out and about in the STL back in the day. And the Cardinals do lots of public events. But, yes, NHL players can seem a bit more engaging in public in general.
And thank you. Time to move along for this week. See you next time!