I think it was partly tight checking and partly being out of sync. The Blues looked a little tired to me. As for the second part of your question, I don't know what to expect from the playoffs. Defense and physical play generally are what carries teams in the postseason.
Don't think Kyrou is going anywhere. But yes, it's not the firsst tmie with Kyrou.
I'm not aware of it going full-time or even increasing. Although streaming does seem to be the wave of the future. There's nothing like that hometown familiarity on the broadcasts.
All I can say is the opinion of Parayko around the league seems to be greater than it is here in St. Louis.
I think there's something to what you're saying. At least that seems to be the case when they're having success.
They just decided to wear their Winter Classic jerseys. Don't know why. I'm not the world's biggest uniform guy, but I like those uniis.
Words have never been a problem for me. I'm not saying they're necessarily great words! I've always tried to write as if I were having a conversation. Maybe have your children try that. Write as if they were talkng to someone about the particularly subject.
Well, I don't think you can overlook experience. Scandella is closing in on 700 NHL regular-season games. Rosen has played 34. You still don't know what you're really going to get from Rosen over the long haul. And keep in mind, Scandella has spent a lot of his season going up against top lines, while Rosen has spent most of his time with the Blues playing against third and fourth lines. There is a difference.
Thanks for your input. I think the Blues arleady are in the Wild's heads to a degree. And if, as you mention, the Blues could win Game 1, it might increase that feeling. Hard to say how lack of past playoff success will factor in. Of course, it could be that this iis simply a better Wild team then their recent predecessors. Especially with Fleury available in goal.
I think I'd also rate Carolina right up there with Colorado and Florida. Maybe they simply caught the Blues on a bad night. But they look so fast, so aggressvie. I wasn't at the Blues game in Florida - TomT had that trip - so I've only seen them once in person. But skill, confidence, speed. That's a lot of offensive firepower there. Same with Colorado. In my mind, they're the top three teams in the league. Don't know if I'd pick one over the other.
I don't think it's a failure at all. It has been four years from the trade - a lifetime in pro sports. With the Blues, Thompson wouldn't have gotten the playing tmie he's gotten with a lesser club like Buffalo. Injury wiped out Thompson's 2019-20 season, but he had 15 goals total since the trade until this season. How many fans would've been saying he's a bust, it's time to move on. The Sabres could afford to be patient.
There have been a lot of players enjoying career years for the Blues this season. But I think I'd have to include Thomas in that top group.
Keep in mind, he's had next to no NHL expereince until this season - 30 games over four seasons with Ottawa. So this is the closest he's gotten to any kind of extended playing time in the NHL. I think Brown has gotten better along the boards and walls, but still needs to be better. He needs to get better in front of the net. He's got to put in a lot of work over the summer. He'll have a hard time making the roster next season
Really. I haven't noticed that. That's wild.
I'm sure the coaches have been constantly harping on it. And as you know, there still is some dusting - and over-passing - taking place.
No fines. Can't afford one.
Yes, I think it is a good thing. And I'm pretty sure the Blues like it that way.
Actually, I would think the Flames will make every efort to re-sign Tkachuk before the 2024 season. I would think this would be the offseason to do so. Of course, the Blues would be interested in Tkachuk. But that would be a pretty long line of suitors. I'd also think Tkachuk will come in north of $7.5 million.
Agreed. I'm surprised Schenn doesn't get more love from the St. Louisi fans. He seems like the prototypicl St. Louis pro athlete. Lunch pail type. Scores, plays physical, leadership, will stick up for teammates, plays defense. And now, we discover, he has a sense of humor as well.
I don't think the trade was questioned. I think the question was whether the Blues undervalued Thompson and didn't realize he had 30-goal potential.
For sure. When Tage Thompson is a team captain, wins the Conn Smythe and the Sabres have won a Stanley Cup - then we can have a discussion about the trade.
If you can get MacEachern back cheaply, you do so. But he will have a tough time making the roster next season, especially with Neighbours on the way. I think you look into re-siigning Lindgren, especially if either Binnington or Husso are gone. (Ideally, I think Hofer needs another year in the AHL.) Otherwise I agree with you. And I like what Leddy has done, but I just don't think the Blues can afford him.
The Vegas column was written by Jeff Gordon, so kudos to him. About the only "weakness" I can think of with regards to Colorado is Kuemper in goal. I don't quite trust him in the playoffs. But he has had a very good regular season, and the Avalanche may be good enough elsewhere to overomce any shorcomings he might have. I think the Blues have better depth at forward. I'm looking forward to getting another in person look at Colorado next week. It's been a while.
Pretty good. Maybe a little better than expected. He skates almost effortlessly. Is maybe a little better offensively than I thought. I haven't seen him make too many mistakes. Pretty cool and patient when under pressure. Still a small sample size. After being minus-33 with Detroit, he's plus-5 with the Blues.
That's it for today. Playoffs approaching. Thanks for your participation. Really liked the questions today. Until next time. . . .