Wait. So you didn't hear the press conference, but you're positive that something wasn't brought up, and because of your incorrect assumption, because the question was asked, you think we're doing our job poorly?
When the schedule comes out, the director of team services sits gets together with the coach and GM and they figure things out, when they want to stay over, when they want to fly out, because they also have to be able to get ice time in whatever city they're in if they're going to practice. The Blues spent the night in Anaheim after that game because flying after the game like they normally do would have gotten them into Winnipeg at something like 4 a.m. local time, which screws up everybody's body clock. So they spent the night in Anaheim and made the long flight the next day. The Blues game on Saturday in Carolina starts at 7:30 local time because there is a college basketball game in the building that afternoon. Originally it was a 7 p.m. start, but the Blues let them push it back because of the arena changeover, but when Carolina said, how about 8 p.m., the Blues said no, because they have a game here on Sunday. There are other factors. The San Jose airport has a curfew, where you have to pay a fine if you take off or land after 11:30 p.m., so the team was scrambling after the LA game went to a shootout, delaying their departure for San Jose. Once the Blues couldn't land in Chicago because of weather, so they landed instead in Milwaukee and had to bus down, which meant making changes while the plane was in the air. It can get pretty hectic, but Rich is usually pretty cheerful about handling it.
In a salary cap provision that I wasn't aware of, since the Blues are in LTIR, Armstrong said last week when I asked him about not calling up Perunovich, all bonuses in Perunovich's contract apply toward his cap hit, which they wouldn't otherwise. So as long as the Blues are in LTIR, his cap hit is $2.175 million compared to the $925,000 it would be otherwise. So once Sundqvist comes back, and if no one else gets hurt, it's a bit more do-able.
I don't know if you're too optimistic, but certainly optimistic. The team needs to tighten up defensively, because you don't want to be going to the Binnington Superman well too often. The offense shows flashes of good play, but not consistently. Some of that is because of the COVID absences, and we'll know better when the team has had some extended play at full health. They have gotten through some potentially tough times fairly well, which bodes well for them. Losing points at a time like this would have been one of the things that could hurt them in a tight Central race. They have strengthened their playoff chances in this, but there's a long way to go.
Some of them can apply to this season's cap if they end up with space. So if a $7.5 million salary, for instance, were to go off the books, there would be some space. The Blues are hopeful that the cap will go up some next season and make things a little easier, and that could happen.
Yes, they will. It's not a risk-free move, keeping a really good player off the books until the playoffs, because you run the risk of not making the playoffs or finishing with a worse seed.
If I knew how good Colorado was going to be, it would be easier to say. When everything is going right, I expect Colorado to be a much better team and one the Blues will have a tough time getting past. So far that hasn't happened. But as we've also seen, you just have to get in and anything can happen. The Blues are getting good results, right now, probably a little better than they deserve at the moment. But they are playing at a decent level, and signs, like Parayko's health, Kyrou and Thomas' development, are encouraging.
That will be an interesting decision when the time comes. Thomas has done well enough that Schenn may be the third line center, which would be a pretty good situation for the Blues to be in. Right now, the Thomas line is quite productive, so it could happen.
They are allowed to go out to dinner in restaurants this season.
The Blues have been known to try to take advantage of the system at times
Yeah, Binnington would be a difficult to replace part on this team, at least the way he's going right now.
There are promising signs for the future, though after Perunovich, the system is a little short on defense. Though Faulk, Krug and Parayko all have very long term deals, so they're not going anywhere.