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I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not over-valuing him and I am glad he's getting NHL time, I just believe that the return wasn't in line.

3 years, 1 month ago on St. Louis Blues 2012 Trade Deadline Live Blog


I'm not impressed. 


I think that getting a 50th+ pick next year isn't Bishop's value. I agree that Bishop was a UFA at the end of the season, but it was still low.


IF Army is looking to ship this pick in trades, fine, but I doubt it will happen any time soon. I would have liked a depth forward, or packaged with a pick for someone like Zibinejad.


My other thought is that are the Sens looking towards the new CBA? Dump Anderson's contract and play on through Bishop.

3 years, 1 month ago on St. Louis Blues 2012 Trade Deadline Live Blog


Pretty much what the previous poster said. I genuinely feel that to flip Bish for someone isn't enough. We won't get enough quality to break up the side IMO

3 years, 3 months ago on Brian Elliott Signs a New Two-Year Extension


I liked Reaves' moves in the Montreal game. The biggest thing will be, will Hitch continue to let him play like that? And does he have the nous to continue to make those kinds of breakthroughs when/if the opposition is wise to him. I think Reaves could be an excellent Backes/Stewart Lite on the 3rd line in the future, AS LONG AS HE'S GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY.

3 years, 3 months ago on Ryan Reaves Signs a Two-Year Contract Extension


I think it's just belief. Hitch has come in and said "Do it" and the guys have responded. It's far easier to come from behind when confidence is high, than otherwise.

We're still in January, so any prediction from me is useless, but we're playing better than last Jan and if we can get over the Wild/Preds hump, we'll be well on our way.

The top 4 in our division are in the top 10 of the NHL. So to be in that top 4, hell, to be joint-TOP of that top 4 is extremely gratfiying.

3 years, 3 months ago on Blues Lead Central Division at Season's Halfway Point


I fully agree on the mental side. However, I also believe that Halak was signed on the strength of his performances of the Eastern Conference teams. Also, look at the Canadiens team he came from. Big shot-blocking team, which he could get behind.

Halak, for me, is a good goalie. But he's only on the level of say, Niemi or Lehtonen. A perfectly satisfactory keeper that will give up some games and win one or two. We all got swept up in the fact he had the Caps and Pens in his pocket in the playoffs, but it was a hot-streak.

3 years, 3 months ago on Halak Enjoying Success, Strength of Opponents Questioned


I was very impressed by Hitch's candor and at Army's statement that "Payne had to take the bullet for a lot our people's mistakes, including mine"

If we'd have had the just-post-Columbus Hitchcock, I would have been clawing at my own face, but this break seems to have done him and his time watching other coaches can only help. Most telling of all was his comment that "The older I've got, the more I know that the game changes", which bodes well.

His desire for accountabilty and responsibilty is extremely welcome however, why in God's name didn't Army dump the rest of the coaches? Mellanby aside, I haven't seen a spark from any of them (especially Hirsch) and I think a total clean broom would have been the way forward.

But overall, yeah, I'm happy. We'll see in January though [/mantra]

3 years, 5 months ago on Payne Relieved, Ken Hitchcock Hired


@AlainPosteur I also think that during the playoffs, Halak didn't have time to overthink or lose concentration. Halak is at his best when shots are constantly flying.

3 years, 5 months ago on Is Brian Elliott the New Number One?


It is just Halak's issues that are the problem. Elliott is solid, if unspectacular (and is prone to hesitancy). But I can't help thinking that after watching the first goal that they gave up to Philly, I wonder if the 'being deep in net' thing is a Hirsch trait? We all know Halak stays back, but it seemed to be that when Elliott played on the crease, he looked unbeatable. When he shrank, he looked vunerable.

For Halak, he just needs to work on his concentration and rebound control as this is what has let him down recently, and in fact, since last season.

3 years, 6 months ago on Is Brian Elliott the New Number One?


I have:

James Neal LW
Jay Pandolfo LW
Phil Kessel RW
Matt Read RW
Anze Kopitar C
John Tavares C
Hal Gill D
M-A Bergeron D
FLEX Ryan Wilson D
Ryan Miller G

3 years, 6 months ago on House Team for Tonight's Freeroll



1.) The goaltending. Halak was too far back in this net again. I think Panger mentioned in the last game, Grant Fuhr (one of my heroes) told him "If you look down and see blue, you're drowning" and I think that rings true. He didn't have much of a chance for the first three, but I do wonder if Halak's hand-eye co-ordination needs working on? The rebound control has been off, but his miss in the first period from Kopitar's shot that rang off the post and the fourth makes me wonder if he can match his glove to the shot.

Elliott looked solid in net when he came in, but I was disgusted with the fifth. His movement across was sound, but he hesitated badly on the move, allowing Gagne to finish. Having watched other keepers in this stretch, a lot of them seem to be four-to-the floor in their saves, throwing themselves across goal to stop stuff, Quick's pad stop on JL15 being a classic example, yet Elliott's hesitation was symptomatic of the malaise in goal and the coaching.

2.) A perfomance that was phoned in. Yes, we missed Carlo, A-Mac, Beej and DP57, but that's NO excuse. The veteran presence has been a bit of a non-entity atm. Arnott and JL15 have faded, whilst Scott Nichol hasn't have the effect I hoped for. Nikitin has dropped badly, through naiveity more than anything.

3.) Dump and chase: This is something I've been bitching about for a long while. As a team, we are not suited to the D'n'C. LA's play was really good tonight as they went forward, then pulled the puck back and waited for the rush. This is what we should be doing as we have the talent, however, we're just playing at the level of a bottom 5 team. I know it was a long road trip to Cali, but they need some spark, some pushing.

4.) Coaching: Is Payne limited? Possibly. Our PK and PP teams are woeful. The clearing of the puck from the zone has been our biggest problem, along with stupid pens (Petro's call that led to the 5-on-3, CGDS's cheap shot on Brown). On the PP, we're cycling the puck badly. 3 shots on 3 PP's is beyond, beyond, beyond shocking. Pucks on net win prizes. Even low percentage shots more of a chance than nothing.

3 years, 6 months ago on Embarrassment in LA: Blues Fall 5-0


I took the night off work to watch the game and here are my thoughts:

1) Loved the high-profile additions to the roster. JL15 was hustling all night, playing a role and really endearing himself. Arnott looked sharp too. His goal was deserved, even if he wasn't as visible as JL15. Scott Nicol was a little un-noticed, apart from the chirping with the Preds early on.

2) The speed! Andy Mac looked like he was going to take off everytime! There were some excellent moves by the Blues at speed, especially behind the net and along the boards.

3) Halak. Well. He was horrific. He looked like he was fighting himself and the puck all night. I booed at home when Hirsch was introduced and I seriously believe Halak should have been brought back a hell of a lot earlier, to work with the D and in transition.

4) The other thing that concerned me was the repetition and bad shot decisions. When Bergs rifled the early goal, they then tried that a number of other times when it was plainly obvious that Nashville had adapted their plan so as to stop that. The other part of that was our plan seemed to be skate down the left and shoot from the point. Bad, bad, bad. We gave Rinne so much to his glove it was unreal. Not saying that Rinne wasn't outstanding, but the low percentage shots really padded his stats.

Onwards and upwards though, I guess. (Great NATR ref too! Love that film). Oh, and to 'Montreal', is the sky still falling where you are?

3 years, 6 months ago on Reaction: Blues Drop Opener 4-2


Well, I fall directly into the third catagory and stayed well out of the fourth, making sure I drafted well in the goalie position first off. You can't win a league with just goalies, but you certainly can lose it!

I agree that if you're playing a serious league, then ALL bias should be put aside, but as you say, it's fun, friendly league so why not employ bias ;)

3 years, 6 months ago on Frozen Notes Fantasy Draft Analysis


If it was a straight cash offer, then I think that Checketts has been at the water again. We may be projected to be a near $200m organisation, but to be honest, with our recent track record, who would pay for that?

If this $167m cash offer was legit, Checketts should snap their arm off and then negotiate a bonus payment when the team is making money.

Can't see CitiCorp being happy that they 'turned down' a viable bid..

3 years, 7 months ago on Blues Allegedly Reject $167 Million Offer


Holy shitcakes. It burns, master, it burns!! That is Did I miss a meeting and we're back in the 80's? That's the ad equivalent of those insane pics stupid couples put up on Facebook.

Right, a bit more rational now. For a start, that damn song ISN'T inspiring at all. It was so overplayed because of the Glee resurrection that people got sick of it.

Then, carrying on, Bergs looks embarassed to be there to be honest. DId the guy who went "You know what's popular? That Glee programme! My daughter watches it and it must be great! We'll use that song for our promo campaign this season" take control of this?

The Backes/Bergs/Petro/CGDS montage was just dated and over it all, that damn song. It's just one of the worst ad campaigns for a brand ever, as bad as the 'You're Never Alone With A Strand' one in the UK.

The high-ups need to hear the boos at the home opener for this song when it get played. Perhaps it'll change their minds.

Quick 30 second way to fix it: Play Rammstein's 'Feuer Frei' after every Blues goal. You'll get the whole arena screaming along with it then!

3 years, 7 months ago on Newest Blues Commercial Amps Up the Cheese


Wow. A great first post, and I look forward to more on the subject.

I'd add Evander Kane to that list. He's due a breakout and will get you a lot of PIMs

3 years, 7 months ago on Fantasy Hockey: Multiple Category Producers


I'd add Cheechoo to that list. A total free pass for him and us this season, no pressure.

3 years, 7 months ago on Players/Things to Watch in 2011-12


I just don't understand how ONE person didn't look at the lyrics and go..."Hang on, they mention Detroit in this....I don't think we want to know this"

It's one of the worst own-goals I've seen from this organisation for a long while.

3 years, 7 months ago on Pass or Fail: Blues Slogan Begs Fans to "Don't Stop Believing"


Backes without a shadow of a doubt. With Steen, Petro and CGDS as the A

3 years, 7 months ago on No Surprise: Fans Want Backes as Captain


I think really I have to go back to my mantra, we'll see in Jan. He's had the free pass for last season and, to be honest, I'm willing to back him all the way, no matter what til Jan. After that? He needs to be producing the goods. Not standing on his head every night, but solid like Vokoun and Bryz were.

As for Hirsch, well we know my thoughts on him but again: new season, new chance. I just hope his output is better than last season's.

3 years, 8 months ago on 2011-12 Pivotal for Jaroslav Halak


How annoyed will you all be if you lose to a guy who's country doesn't even seem to realise that hockey exists? ;)

3 years, 8 months ago on Frozen Notes Fantasy Hockey - Signups


I'm still waiting until January. We SHOULD make the playoffs on paper, but the division, hell, even the conference have significantly upgraded.

But, after last season, I'm not taking anything for granted. Arnott and Langenbrunner and even Cheechoo have been great acquisitions and I think we have a soild basis for going forward, but injuries could still bite us.

3 years, 8 months ago on Are the Blues Playoff Bound?


I'd like to see Bish get the backup slot. I was SERIOUSLY impressed with his play last season. Yes, he fanned on a couple of opportunities, but his maturity and general presence were great glimpses of what he could be.

Elliott? He's....there. He's been good and bad in equal amounts and if we've signed the Avs version, he should rot in Peoria. If we've signed the Sens version, well, I wouldn't be averse to giving him the backup job.

3 years, 8 months ago on Talking Backups: Bishop or Elliott?


What I couldn't give for the Blues to give discounts to overseas fans. To buy a regular jersey costs almost double with shipping! As for something small like a baseball cap or t-shirt, you're still looking at near on $70-90 shipping to the UK.

I love Mike's idea and would love to see these ideas implimented, if not for overseas fans, then for the non-STL based fans!

3 years, 9 months ago on Frozen Notes Contest Winner Announced


I am FULLY behind this deal. Everyone deserves a second chance, I mean, look at D'Ags and SobeSobe. They would have floundered if not given a second chance.

I agree that he'll find it tough coming into the roster straight off, but he has a chance to make it in camp. I hope he regains some form and grabs his second chance.

3 years, 9 months ago on Blues Sign Jonathan Cheechoo


I have no problem with Whinypeg swapping with the Inbred Wings as my divisional hatred quotient will remain the same. But Minny instead of CBJ is not for me. I have a low-level liking for them and I'd look forward to games against CBJ more for the abuse and dislike

3 years, 9 months ago on Changes Coming to the Central Division?



3 years, 9 months ago on Frozen Notes 1k Contest


I'd like to see Grachev have an excellent training camp and pre-season and come in in Sobotka's place (w/Perron) with Langenbrunner and D'Ags swapping places and w/o Perron, Sobotka swapping sides with Crombeen and Grachev replacing him.

I agree on Stewart possibly being on the top line too, he's total dynamite, but I also think Payne will miss a trick if he doesn't put Arnott & Langenbrunner together

3 years, 9 months ago on Crystal Ball: Discussing Possible Line Combinations


Quietly happy about these signings. They'll be invaluable in adding some veteran savvy and grit to our youthful enthusiasm. Plus Arnott and Langas should be decent role models to players such as Oshie and Perron, Oshie especially.

It's remarkable that we finally have 4 decent NHL lines for the first time in a long time, however I still don't see us as a playoff team. Not yet. These rentals have us on the right path, but January is when I'll believe.

3 years, 9 months ago on Blues Ink Veterans Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott


I like this deal. As an anchor to the third line and an experience head, it's a fantastic deal. Plus, Army's now legendary eye for a deal means he's got a Torres contract to prove himself. Big fan of the idea, if not actually the player

3 years, 9 months ago on Blues Add Kent Huskins


I was screaming "NOOOOOO" at first on this deal, but on quiet reflection, it's not that bad. He's only making $600k for a start on a one year deal, where if he screws up, he's in Peoria. That's the bestthing about this deal, the two-way bit.

But he had 29 wins a few seasons ago and I'm sure he'll be better than Conks was last season, so yeah, I'm happy!

3 years, 9 months ago on Brian Elliott Signs One-Year Deal with St. Louis


It's a great contract IMO. A new CBA round the corner means that we could sign him up for a more accurate contract then, than signing him to a monster, possibly obsolete contract.

I'm still on the fence as to whether he'd be worth losing to an offer sheet next season though. Let's hope his play proves me wrong this season.

3 years, 9 months ago on Reaction: Oshie Signs One-Year Extension


Quite worried he might be the new Eric Lindros. Obviously you can't tell from just one concussion, but I would be VERY wary of him spending time out again.

I know this is very negative but at the moment, it's a 'Hope for the best, plan for the worst' situation.

3 years, 9 months ago on David Perron Injury Update


To be totally honest, if someone came with a decent offer sheet and were a lower rated team, as in high draft picks, then why not let him go?

He IS good and very popular, but 1st-3rd round pick for him (assuming that's the level he goes for) is a very good deal.

However, if say the Inbred Wings or S**tehawks try it, I would sign him up.

3 years, 9 months ago on Qualifying Offers Sent to T.J. Oshie, Ben Bishop and Ryan Reaves


I am a big fan of this signing. He could be this year's Sobotka / D'Ags, IMO

Stick him in as the silk on the third line and we could have a winner

3 years, 9 months ago on Get to Know Evgeny Grachev


A few moments for me. First was the 10-3 win over the Inbred Wings. I've never see us so utterly ruthless against such a woeful team. Cammer's first goal for 18 months and just an awesome forecheck!

Second was following every second of Ben Bishop's first NHL shutout. I think I was making every save for him by the end, I was willing him on that much.

The final on-ice moment was Oshie's goal against Nashville. I actually got to watch that game as I wasn't at work and to watch that play develop and end in such a display of individual skill was a moment I'll never forget!

Finally, Chris Kerber and Kelly Chase's commentary throughout the season on the NHL app was just superb, wonderful interplay, great insight and above all the sheer enthusiasm just shone through.

3 years, 11 months ago on Sound Off: Top Moments from 2010-11