So you think Armstrong doesn't know if Tarasenko would OK a deal? Seems like that would be something he would have wanted to know maybe a year and a half ago.
You've apparently never lived in Ottawa. Or Phoenix. How about Chicago? Lots of teams have needed to be blown up over the years, and some have been in much deeper holes than the Blues.
It's hard for me to think that there was some secret sauce that Montgomery had that MacTavish doesn't, or that the rest of the Blues coaching staff can't figure out. Berube alluded to it the other day. When they fall behind, they start to fundamentally play differently. Less aggressively. Opponents see that and take it to them and pretty soon one goal becomes two and two becomes three. That one power play in Boston was dreadful. They miss a lot of things. Would the presence of Perron and Bozak in the room help at a time like this? Probably wouldn't hurt, at least in the room.
There are plenty of guys who are candidates to be benched. Not a whole lot of forwards who are dazzling at the moment, on either side of the puck. Kyrou at least is a threat to score.
That's a spot where a defenseman should be.
It's still early. The Blues are not that far out of a playoff spot, and other teams are still getting a feel for what they have. Absent a team losing a key component to an injury and seeing a gaping hole in their unit, I think everyone is going to be inclined to wait at the moment.
There is a very small number of moves the Blues can make, and that goes for most other NHL teams, which is why coaches get fired so quickly. A coach in a different spot in franchise history than Berube or with a different contract may well have been fired by now. Mike Yeo was fired for less. Armstrong has expressed his confidence in Berube, and I think Armstrong will start taking the team apart before he fires Berube.
I'd suggest waiting just a bit longer before selling the players for scrap. If you want to get a good draft pick, the Blues will be just as likely to be in the race for one a month from now as they are today. The only reason to make a move now is to try to change something with the team, generate some kind of spark. It wasn't that long ago that good things were expected of this team.
Yes, but LTIR is only a plus if the injured player is going to be out the whole season. If the guy is coming back in April, you have to have a plan for what you're going to do when that happens.
I think there's a difference between that happening in November and it happening in May.
There is a member of the St. Louis media who says pretty much that exact thing in the press box four or five times a night: Get it out of the zone. (It's not me, not that I don't think it.) Parayko's case last night is symptomatic of a wider thing: The safe and smart thing is to get the puck out of the zone, but when a player thinks, I can spring someone for a scoring chance, the way things are going now with goals hard to come by, that seems like a good option. Until it's not.
At 5 on 5, the Blues miss the net on unblocked shots 31.25 % of the time. That's fourth worst in the league, behind Nashville, Carolina and Washington. Thanks to moneypuck.com for the answer.
Thanks for disagreeing respectfully.
For a guy who takes losses as hard as O'Reilly does, this has not been an easy stretch. Though by some offensive metrics, he hasn't been that bad, especially compared to his teammates.