Goal scorers can be streaky and Tarasenko has had his share of streaks - both of the hot and cold variety. But I'll also add that at least recently he has been battling something physically. In terms of missing some practice time lately, it has been presented to us as a "maintenance day" but it's more than that. And that perhaps under nomral circumstances, he might not have played Tuesday.
The Blues have signed Jon Gilles to a two-way contract. He was in Utica (which the Blues used as an AHL affilate) for part of last season, and then from March 4 on he was on the taxi squad.
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I just asked someone about this today, and they weren't sure on the J&J. I've also asked a doctor the other day, and he said the J&J has proven to be only slightly less effective than they others - and that use of J&J wouldn't be an issue in terms of the higher positive rates in the NHL. (I'm working on a larger COVID story, which should run in the near future.)
Understandably, his head's about to explode with all this. Can you blame him? But he'll be all right.
We'll find out Thursday against a young, talented Detroit team that appears on the rise.
Actually, Vegas went with 10 forwards a couple of times last season. But it is highly unusual. No one around the Blues could remember beginning a game with just 10 forwards. But you're right, it is a perfect storm of injuries, COVID and salary cap issues. Armstrong knows all the rules. The Blues are just very aggressive in terms of spending to the cap.
Since Berube is in the final year of his contract, the organization obviously is taking a wait-and-see approach. I've heard nothing of any contract extension talks.
Yes it did. And we don't know yet how big of a price in terms of the down time for Husso or Walman.
Totally agree. And they missed a pretty obvious slash on Jordan Kyrou as well.
The inury occurred on Nov. 26. against Chicago. From there it's a minimum of 10 games AND 24 days. In this caes the Blues wiill play more than 10 games in the 24 days. So at minimum, Perron would miss six more games (11 total) and be back for the Ottawa game Dec. 21 iif placed on LTIR.
Thunder from Down Under. Nathan Walker has been called up and was on the ice for today's optional practice.
COVID has been a moving target, and unpredictable to say the least. So I assign no blame here. But clearly, the league has to make players on the COVID list exempt from the salary cap.
I believe it's a case to case judgment call, and the Blues have to be a couple more COVIID cases away from being on the brink of postponing games.
Yes, even in my relativly short (5 years) tmie on the beat, the trend is definitely to skill and speed. Small defensemen have been successful all over the league. Postioning and leverage can help a D-man compensate for smaller stature. I do find however that in the playoffs, physicality still seems to be important.
Given the unpredictability of COVID and injurieis, and the fact that the Blues defense remains a work in progress, I have no idea. But if they have even reasonable luck with injureis and COVID over the long haul, yeah, I'd say there ni.
I would say Carolina and Florida. But on a different level, the team I was most surprised by was Detroit. They looked much better than I thought they would. Young, fast and skilled.
Last night was just another example of why I almost always thoroughly enjoy the Berube postgames. Highly entertaining, rarely let you down.