I'm not ready to go there. Not yet.
I hear you. It's a tough call to me.
The net front issues (on both ends) is one of the biggest deficiencies of this season in my mind. As for why this was the case on offense, I have no idea.
Agreed. Even though it improved down the stretch, I do think defensive issues are the No. 1 concern.
And now, a note of optimism.
I'm gonna say the Islanders and Lightning advance, the Wild force a Game 7.
I don't get a lot of things about NHL officiating. I was wondering that last night watching the games: Why does it seem like cross-checking is so haphazardly enforced?
No, with Pietrangelo, it was his insistence on a full no-move clause, which would protect you from being exposed in any future expansion drafts.
No problem. Sometimes they skate or their own, or with the extras. But sometimes they skate with the team.
The only thing I can think of is that the baseball game ended late, and you received an earlier edition of the paper.
Great points. Thanks for making them.
Agreed. I think Armstrong has a good handle on where this team is at both personnel-wise and also in terms of how much they can do money-wise with a flat cap.
None that I'm aware of. Trust me, I wish there was.
I believe it works like this (and somebody correct me if I'm wrong): If Montreal gets knocked out in the first round by Toronto, the Blues would pick 17th.
One thing I came away with: Man, do the refs protect Nathan MacKInnon,
For sure. Role player extraordinaire.
Hah! That wasn't that long ago. Full disclosure: I felt the same way. On our Net Front Presence podcast, Jeff Gordon said a few weeks ago he thought Colorado was the tougher matchup.
Interesting you should mention that. On the Zoom call with Armstrong, he mentioned that he thought Mike Van Ryn and the defense needed to figure out something in terms of lessening the net-front presence of opponents. Armstrong said he didn't anticipate any staff changes. But they always say that.
Thx for the input. Regardless of the circumstances around him, and there were several this year, he's got to figure out a way to start winning again in the postseason. Nine straight postseason losses for him.
I still think the defensive dropoff was the biggest issue. But yeah, especially with the fourth line their depth scoring was down. I think this was due in large part - but not exclusively - to injuries. Fourth-line guys got moved up due to injuries elsewhere, and that left taxi squad guys and Utica callups playing on the fourth line.
Berube was asked about not playing Kostin in the playoffs during today's Zoom call. I would've played him in at least one of the games. I forget if it was Berube or Armstrong, but one of them said Kostin looked a little tired - he played 67 games in the KHL and then had the long trip to the U.S., etc. Armstrong is very high on him. As for Clifford, I thought he was OK this season, but I expected a little more in terms of physical play.
Hey, thanks for all the questions. I couldn't get to about a dozen of them. So my apologies. But you can always hit up Gordo on Friday. He's much better on what prospective free agent might be a better fit for the Blues than I am. Until next week. . . .