I think 4-3 would work for them. If the games start becoming 5-4, I don't like the Blues' chances. Though if they don't improve their defense, I don't know that 2-1 wins are happening. They had a lot of games last season with one or two goals. Not surprisingly, they didn't win many of them. The offense does have the potential to have some spark, but we haven't had a chance to see it on full display yet.
Quite possible for Perunovich to do that. Right now, he and Mikkola seem a good match, but if he warrants more ice time, that would be the way to do it, though Parayko is going to log a lot of ice time. (Though I doubt we'll see Perunovich illing penalties.) Big defensemen don't have the market cornered on being good, physical defensemen. I think the Blues can win with some smaller guys.
Kostin does all that, though he probably hasn't had a spectacular camp. Though you can't say the Blues haven't given him a look. Tonight will be his fifth preseason game out of seven. I think if there weren't extraneous factors, like waivers and contracts, Kostin starts the season with the team.
I'm sure the topic will come up at some point. Though until they re-open the locker room, we aren't going to get many chances to talk to him. Though also, at this point, I doubt we'd get a different answer.
The Blues would share the player's medical files, which presumably includes the MRIs and things of that nature, with the other team, and they would go from there. Then, after the trade was made, the player would get a physical when he arrived at the other team. There have been cases of trades being negated when a player failed his physical upon his arrival with the other team.
No, only that preseason hockey is one thing and regular season hockey is another and Perunovich has gone more than a year without a competitive game and has never played a professional hockey game that counted. It is a big jump to take. If there is some seasoning to be done, of getting used to the speed of the game, it can be done relatively painlessly in the AHL. Even if Perunovich starts the season in the A, I think he will be in the NHL pretty quickly.
Way too soon for me to think about free agents the Blues will sign after this season, but on the current roster, Perron, Clifford, MacEachern, Bozak, Bortuzzo and Husso are UFAs after the season. (If Neal were to sign, he probably would too.) Walman, Mikkola and Brown are among the RFAs.
Schenn and Buchnevich are a pair that's getting a look and Thomas and Tarasenko too. As you say, this team has a shorter runway than in other seasons. The Blues will lose games, but if they start losing games they should win, then there will be trouble because the division is so packed.
I believe he can be called back when his junior season is over, though I don't have information at my fingertips.
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I can't speak for the asker of that question and what he or she meant. The fact the Blues had so many injuries last season certainly was a contributing factor in them having fewer points than anticipated last season. Some players, like Joshua, had to play way above where they should have been. Last year was just a weird year all around.
While that line did get the Seguin line, at even strength last night, O'Reilly was -5 and Perron -2. And the 5 on 5 ice time of all three was within a minute of each other.
I haven't seen the rundown of the uniform choices for this season, but I would expect to see the Winter Classic jersey a few more times in the second half of the season.
It's the cap hit that's going to make him tough to trade. Looking down the road, since you would have to think the chances of Tarasenko re-signing with the Blues as a free agent after next season have taken a dip, not keeping him until his contract runs out and getting nothing for him may not be the choice Armstrong makes.
Buchnevich was really, really good at that last season, setting up in the low slot to the goalie's left. He had lots of chances from in there for the Rangers. He had three goals on tips last season. As an aside, Maroon did not do a whole lot in front of the net last season.
In the Cup season, the Blues were at their best with Barbashev, Sundqvist and Steen on the fourth line. Last season, they got off to a good start with Clifford, Barbashev and Sundqvist on that line, but once the injuries started and they had to take it apart, that's when the troubles began. Now, in many ways, that's cause rather than effect. It wasn't breaking up the fourth line as much as why they had to take it apart. Guys started playing out of position or over their heads. The Blues would like to get a line like that going again. Is it Barbashev, Sundqvist and Kostin? If Sundqvist is higher when he gets back, does Brown fit in? At its best, that fourth line was a group Berube could put out at any point without being afraid. Obviously, that's something that they would like to be able to do again
Berube got a three-year contract after the Cup winning season in 2019. So this would be the last season of his deal.
If trading him in the offseason couldn't be done, trading him in season will be harder. When we talked to him yesterday, and it was for six minutes on Zoom, so talk about a small sample size, but it was as good a mood as I could think of seeing him in while talking to the media in a long time.
Not if he's not vaccinated.
I'm guessing this is a Tarasenko reference
Growing up I lived and died with the Dodgers and I do not have fond memories of Ozzie Smith. I did not go crazy. But the Dodgers have had some changes in management since then, and some were annoying enough that it became, as has been said elsewhere, where I was rooting for laundry. So I kind of gave up on them. But they're my hometown team, so they'll always have a place in my heart. But I also have long since stopped rooting at sporting events, for any team.
Only a few minutes left, so last call for questions.
With two home games and Jamaica and Panama on the schedule, they had better get six or seven or they're in trouble. Costa Rica at home is the kind of game you have to win to separate yourself from the field.