Join Blues beat writer Jim Thomas for his live chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Join Blues beat writer Jim Thomas for his live chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

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    He had done some things on the ice that were embarassing to be sure. I wouldn't rate this incident very high on the list.
    I think Husso has shown he can be a good 1B but not a 1A, where do you think Army slots him, is someone going to pay him 1A money.
    I think it's too early to say definitively that Husso is a 1A or a 1B. I'm guessing Armstrong's in the $2.5 to 3 million range. Strictly a guess. There aren't may goalies on the UFA market - so I definitely think there will be some interest in Husso around the league.
    JT, in your opinion, do you think Toropchenko has solidified the Sundqvist spot? Also, do you see the Blues holding onto Logan Brown? It seemed as though, the more chances Brown received, the better he played.
    I don't know if I'd call it the Sundqvist spot. But I think Toropchenko definitely has see the last of the AHL. He needs to start scoring some to make a long-term push for third line status.
    I agree with your read on Brown. The problem for him is how does he get a consistent run of playing time where he'd get some minutes. I'd still like to see him be more competitive up front and get to the net more. He needs to have a very good camp.
    Regardless of 91’s comments last summer, do you hold onto him through this coming year and take the risk and leaves you with nothing but salary cap space after next season? It seems like Army has held Gus and let them walk, but is there a point where the asset is too valuable to just get cap space?
    I think that's where it's trending - hold him through this year and see what happens. If Tarasenko's No. 1 priority on his next contract is make the most money possible, it's probably not happening with the Blues.
    Could the Blues sponser a bring your recyclable water bottle recycling day to the arena next season when the Ava play. Even if Kadri leaves as a free agent it would be funny.
    Hi Jim. On the series ending goal there were five guys on the ice that could have made a play to stop the puck, not just Kyrou. Why does Berube seem to call him out more than others? I know he addresses the whole team in private, but Kyrou seems to be a public whipping boy. I hope they don't shop him. You never trade youth or scoring. Thanks.
    IF you look at the play. Kyrou was the first and most obvious guy. And Berube never named Kyrou by name after the contest. But we all knew who it was.
    One question and one comment. I am a Blues fan living in Colorado. I find some of the Denver Post writers to be over the top name callers who lose their minds about the alleged "goon" on Nashville who purposefully poked his stick in Keumper's mask but also call St. Louis fans and players ignorant for failing to recognize what they claims was a Kadri "hockey play" that accidently hurt the Blues goalie. Then they call Peron a goon for going after Kadri. Do you and your St Louis peers ever get in press room disagreements with the Colorado writers?
    On Parayko; Colorado is a very difficult team to defend. Edmonton would have loved to have Colton last night. He is not perfect. No one is. But the Blues would be is sorry shape without him back there playing big minutes against the other teams top lines night after night.
    We noticed some of the questions asked by Colorado writers and noticed some of the Tweets. But personlly, I don't tknow any of the Denver writers well enough to have a discussion. But yeah, we were suprirsed by some of the stuff.
    JT, if Husso does sign elsewhere, does that mean Hofer becomes the backup or do they move Lindgren into that spot?
    Ideally, I think the Blues feel Hofer needs more seasoning. More games. He's had only 50 minor-league starts. So maybe it's Lindgren, at least at the start of the season. But remember, Lindgren is scheduled for unrestricted free agency himself after this season.
    Do you feel Berube is still running this team with the 2019 mindset but without the players to make that type of team fire on all cylinders? Smaller on the back end, and the opposition generating WAY too many shots. I would love for them to go after MT or some other scrappers that fit that Berube mold but can still score, and maybe lose a finesse player or two like a Kyrou. Probably in the minority there.
    I think he and Armstrong realize thte game is changing. That offense, skating, speed, are more prevalent. At the same time, Berube still wants to see checking, defense, smart puck play. That will never change. The Blues improved defensively this year, but did give up too many goals and too many shots.
    Saying that, I wouldn't get too bent out of shape over Colorado's shot totals against the Blues. They're a talented team that takes a lot of shots. Even if they're not high-percentage shots, they like to put a lot of shots on net.  I noticed they had 47 sots on goal against Edmonton last night.
    I'm sure Berube would love to have M. Tkachuk. I'm also pretty sure he wouldn't want him at the expense of Jordan Kyrou.
    Btw, the Blues chats were awesome by the Blues writers this year, as always. I really enjoyed this team. I was impressed by how many players had huge improvements over their game last year. I really wish this team was still playing. I think they would have shut down Edmonton. They always do. The Blues dial in on McDavid and Draisitl and they're teammates rarely make the Blues pay. Berube is the best game planner in the business. You give him an opponent short on lines and his staff finds a way. I can't wait until next year! Let's go Blues!
    Give Tom Timmermann most of the credit for the chats. He does most of them while I'm on the road.
    I too thought if the Blues could somehow get by Colorado that they would be in the Cup Final this year. I'm not saying they would have won the Cup, but I thought the Blues would've gotten by Edmonton or Calgary. The Pacific Division just wasn't that strong this year.
    But I was on-record - either on the NetFront podcast or on the radio as saying Avs in six games over the Blues. And that's what happens.
    With or without Kuemper in net, I'm saying Avs in 6 over Oilers.
    Great work, Jim. Signing Rosen for 2 yrs was a smart piece of adding quality depth, with good Offensive skills and D, and future potential. He's still young for a defenseman. What are Blues chances of signing Leddy? He was a big plus. Thanks.
    Rosen was a good depth signing. You're almost always going to have one or two D-men out with injuries. Or in the case of the Minnesota series - four of the top six at one time or another. So it's nice to have some dpeth in the 8,9, 10 spots.
    Parayko is not why this team didn't advance. Inability to sustain pressure in Denver's zone killed them. They need to trim down the tweeners on this team. Guys who play a heavy regular season game that can't win board battles and don't have the size to make a big impact with their physicality during the postseason. Also learned that the fancy passing game from Thomas, Vladdy and Buchy gets shut down in May. They need to learn from their failures and come up with solutions for next year's playoffs. Baby needs to be upgraded to someone who has more oomph to his game. If Armstrong can package Perunivich and his first round pick to get into the top ten, I'd tell him to do it. This team needs one more star. If he package either the young defensemen or Barby with other less substantial pieces, to get who he thinks is in the cream of the crop of this draft, there isn't a better gm in this business who can hit paydirt with picks. Cause combine last years to pick with this young core and another stud, and he's looking at a team who should be cup contenders six years from now.
    Appreciate your thoughts But the problem with packaging some players on this year's squad to move up in the draft - by the time that draft pick is ready to make a meaningiful contribution, some of the vets on the current team will be retired or playing elsewhere
    OK, that's it for now. We got through all the questions (by running a little over on our allotted time - don't tell my boss!). It has been a great season. Thanks for all your interest in this chat. Much appreciated. Until next time. . . . .
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