That's for sure. The fan reaction to his good games has been something.
I don't think a first-round pick alone is enough to get a team to take Binnington. You're talking about someone who's getting paid $6 million over the next five seasons. That's a big commitment some team is going to make. Yes, Binnington playing well is the best option, and in some ways, because of his contract situation, it's the only option. The Blues can't bury his contract, and they can't give him away if there's not a team that thinks he's going to be their No. 1 going forward. Right now, the Blues are playing their goalie who is doing well, and I think they feel he's a better option than Lindgren.
I'm sure it's been explored, but I don't think there's a hard and fast answer. Tampa Bay's current roster has $25 million going to defensemen. Florida's has $16 million. Colorado has $30 million. Much would depend on if you had low-priced entry level players at the position, like Makar before he signed his extension.
I didn't know anything was going on.
Looking at some numbers, and the two best defensemen on the team, in terms of unblocked shot rates and expected goals, are Bortuzzo and Mikkola, who get the most sheltered minutes. (Walman was up there too.) Among the others, Parayko, Faulk, Krug and Scandella, Parayko has the best numbers, and by a pretty good margin. So while his play may be perceived to be lacking at times, he's still the best the Blues have got. So it's no surprise that Berube and Van Ryn put him out there in the tough situations.
At their best, the Blues look fairly good, and at their worst, they don't look that good, and you just don't know which team you're going to get any night. I don't know that I'd say they're immature, but as a group, they don't bring their full game every night. That will have to change. Can the Blues go back to channeling the way they played in January and February? No reason they can't. It's pretty much the same team. Things can change quickly in hockey.
OK, most of the other questions I haven't answered deal with topics already addressed, like Parayko and O'Reilly. So unless there's a late-breaking questions, it's about time to wrap it up.
Winnipeg vs Buffalo is the only game with any significant impact on the Blues postseason today, but it's not a very big one, one percentage point according to hockeyviz.com.
I don't know that they're fatigued, but hesitant teams tend to look slow, I guess because they're being hesitant. Rest doesn't seem to be a problem for these guys. Berube has been very focused on that during this stretch of a condensed schedule, and when there's one day between games, as is the cast most of the rest of the way, they have either a practice or a morning skate, but not both. Berube is keeping them off their skates as much as he can so they don't get worn out. And when they do practice, they're generally pretty quick, no more than a half hour. The downside of all that is there isn't a whole lot of time to work on-ice on things. So there's a lot of video work going on.
OK, no new questions, so I'll say good bye until next week, when we'll do this all over again. Thanks for your participation. Take care.