Hello again everybody. Sorry I'm a little late. Blues practice cycle was a little bit later today and I decided to dash home and do the chat from home office. Let's get to it.
Very small sample size so far on life without O'Reilly and Tarasenko, so I don't know if it's enough to influence Armstrong's thinking one way or another. If they keep playing this way through February, sure But yeah, there might be a team willing to take on a "bad contract" in order to reach the cap floor. I think Arizona comes to mind. That might be a little harder to do with Krug, since he has multiple years left on his contract. Scandella, on the other hand, has just one year left on his deal after this season.
I agree, but with this proviso: If Armstrong thinks this team has a chance to make a deep run in the playoffs with Tarasenko and O'Reilly on this year's roster - he will keep them
Chris Kerber and Joe Vitale are on KMOX, 1120-AM. I'm sure you can stream their games online. They do a great job.
There is fan voting for the all-star game, but I don't think it's of the last-man up variety. But yes, Buchnevich is deserving even those he's missed like 9 games this year. Nothing against Tarasenko, who I respect as a player and a person, but I thought it would be either Kyrou or Buchnevich as the league-selected all-star last week.
Berube has talked about this. He's high on Alexandrov and thinks he has a good future but he wanted Acciari in down the stretch for his checking ability. Simple as that. As for Neighbours, he's played pretty well these last couple of games.
I'm sorry. Brain fart there. There on 101 FM. But you can stream them and they're never pre-empted for NHL.
The Schenn deal definitely has been a big win for the Blues as well, but at least the Flyers have gotten some production from the two first-rounders they also got in the trade, particularly Joel Farabee - who's had 20- and 17-goal seasons with Philly. Morgan Frost, the other first-rounder, not as much. Although he's been more productive this year with eight goals.
Tarasenko and O'Reilly may very well be gone at the trade deadline, but I guarantee you, Armstrong isn't looking at it the same way.
Agreed. Calgary is a different-looking team this year. There were times last season when they would take your breath away with their skill and speed and offensive prowess. To me, they're much more of a heavy, almost plodding team this year. Kadri is a skilled player, for sure. And I'm sure if he were playing for the Blues, most fans would have little to no problems with his extracurriculars.
You can't blame it all on the defense in front of him. Binnington's (and Greiss') numbers have to be better.
I think they have allowed young players to play at the NHL level. Players like Kyrou and Thomas and Binnington and Husso and Mikkola and Husso to name a few.
Agreed. And this is something Berube has noted about Mikkola's game on several occasions - that he needs to be better with his puck exits and puck management. I felt he had gotten better with it for much of this year, but has fallen into a little bit of rut lately.
What I wonder, though, is if it's the same people!
Both players should be available right around the time the Blues come back from the all-star break/bye week. After that break, the Blues have 9 games in February and 1 game in March. So yeah.