Tarasenko is truly adored by the fans here, and as you mentioned, I think Tarasenko basks in that adoration. I agree with you. He's got a great situation and would be hard-pressed to find a better situation elsewhere. And yes, I too found it interesting that Berube has gone out of his way at least twice lately to praise Tarasenko's leadership skills. Unsolicited.
For sure. And totally out of character for the normally straight-laced Schenn, Not quite the caliber of "Do I like nervous?" But pretty good stuff nonetheless.
No doubt. Just like pitching in baseball, or a quarterback in football, it's hard to do it at a championship level in hockey with strong goaltending.
Don't know about that. But II do think he was hesitant about trading a lot for a rental. And in the case of Lindholm and Giordano the Blues almost certainly couldn't have made it work cap-wise.
I was not aware of that. Then again, I'm almost always at the game, not watching on TV.
On at least a couple of occasions recently Armstrong has categorized it in so many words as "water under the bridge." The shoulder does seem fine. Tarasenko does seem happy. He's just two goals shy of his 6th 30-goal season, has tied his career-high for game-winning goals in a season (8) and already has set a career-high in assists (39).
Interesting. Yeah, I wondered at the time: Why is Frederic doing this? Why is he trying to harass Tarasenko?
Kostn certainly has shown flashes. Just not enough of them. His inconsistency bothers Berube, who doesn't know what he's going to get from game to game.
Ideally, Joel Hofer needs another year. I myself wouldn't be against beginning the year with Lindgren as your backup if you can't keep Husso.
Unless, Brown really turns ti up, why not give Bozak a couple of games? Especailly with MacEachern sidelined.
As someone still reltively new to covering hockey on an everyday basis, I find these rinkside chats fascinating. Is it some kind of hockey tradition? Or just a Berube thing? I don't know. But if we see it, obviously we're going to ask about it and report on it. Berube is a good motivator. And more than one player has said they appreciate Berube's forthrightness, even if it's not always praise coming from the head coach. Players like to know where they stand.
For sure. Just another indication that where you finish in the regular season often has little to do with what happens in the playoffs. I think this is true in hockey more than just about any other major pro sport.
As Tony La Russa used to say. Maybe he still says it. Men not machines.
No I think he was tired coming out of the All-Star break, then got sick. And also is getting plenty of attention from the opposing team. He's no longer a secret.
Actually, Brown reached the 30-game threshold last night. In the midst of a pennant race, I don't think you concern yourself with such things. You can't.
Over the last year or so, I've heard such things on more than one occasion on Steve Ott. Now he's only 39, so I don't know if he's got enough experience yet to be a serious candidate somewhere.
Brown is at 35.6% this year; Bozak is at 44.8%. Which is a down year for him.
Per CapFriendly, the Blues have about $11 million of cap space for next season with Perron, Husso, Leddy, Bozak, Rosen, and MacEachern scheduled for UFA status. (And Mikkola and Perunovich scheduled for RFA status, with Mikkola arbitration eligible). It will be difficult to make it all fit uner the cap.
Our three hours have flown by. Have to leave now to tape this week's edition of the NetFront podcast. It was fun to be back on the chat. There ware many questions I couldn't get to. I apologize for that. But please try Gordo's chat, or try again next week. Regards. . . .