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@miendiem Reaves seems to be an obvious choice too, but I really like what he brings to the fold. No one else can replicate his size and strength when it comes to the forecheck.
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As for Halak, I'm left wondering what went on behind the scenes. I assume the goaltending change and the decision to bench him was probably just a move to spark the rest of the team, but I think it may have also been tied to something which took place off the ice. It's pretty surprising to see a team bench a pretty solid NHL netminder in favor of a KHL guy. Was there more to that incident than meets the eye?
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Backes, Oshie and Shattenkirk fail to medal in Sochi
@jerko If you ever see it again, take a screenshot for us.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on How to watch the men's Olympic hockey tournament
@jerko Those aren't the types of ads we want on this site. We've notified the ad network and we're trying to get them removed.
@miendiem Three things bother me:1. Sample size. The whole inability to beat Cali is still based on a relatively small sample, all things considered. Over large enough stretches you're bound to see some small statistical anomalies over different lengths of time. Now that we're focused on the narrative, the narrative seems larger.2. The 5-0 victory over LA. Yes, Quick was out, but fans are forgetting the Blues shredded LA's defense and completely contained their offense. That's pretty noteworthy, in my opinion.3. "Blues can't beat the best teams." What about Chicago? Blues beat CHI three times this year. The days of the Blues failing to beat CHI each and every game are over. That's noteworthy too.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Fans are panicking during current Blues slump
@miendiem At this point I could see fans praising Miller even if he performs exactly like Halak. There's that huge divide that either loves or hates Halak. It's not really fair. Miller and Halak could post identical numbers and fans would still pick Miller just because he's not Halak. You're 100% correct on that last point. Armstrong never (to date) tips his hand. All of the big trades have been almost total shockers and the Blues have come out (arguably) on top. I'd imagine that to be the case in the future as well.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Report: Blues may be willing to deal Paajarvi, Halak and a first-round pick for a goaltender
@miendiem Cardinals gear? I basically only know you through Twitter and I even know your color is Blue.
2 months, 1 week ago on Blues fans celebrate Christmas
@AndrewSims That's a fair thought, but I wonder how long that excuse might be valid. Considering fans could find Blues seats for under $10 for several recent home games, I struggle to still chalk up poor attendance to MLB playoff games from a couple months ago. I think it definitely played a role at the start of the year, but now there doesn't seem to be a logical excuse.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Blues keep spending despite poor attendance
@miendiem I'm dumbfounded when it comes to attendance. Top team in the league with a nearly spotless record at home. Add in the extremely low prices on StubHub (some sub-$10), it's really remarkable that there haven't been larger crowds.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Tarasenko's quotes show team-first mentality
@IanRagsdale Great comment! Now you just need to correct the whole "never seen them play in person" thing, and you'll be set.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Analyzing the Ryan Miller to St. Louis trade rumors
@travelbethbug The photo at the top of the article is from the #2 fight on this list.
3 months, 1 week ago on Hockey Fights of the Week: 11/25 - 12/1
@miendiem Hmmm...that's a strong point about the team's depth at C. I suppose there are some variables there, however, which could present itself in the free agent market. Team might have to go after a cheaper option if they plan on keeping Steen and signing Halak/Elliott.
I also imagine the cap will rise, but I doubt the STL owners want to spend more considering the disappointing attendance. That fact alone might push Berglund out if push comes to shove.
3 months, 1 week ago on Is Patrik Berglund worthy of a new contract?
@LGB42 I'm not sure you read the article. No where is a trade advocated for. Simply, the rumor is discussed. The Blues can not spend more due to their cap situation, so the investment would remain the same.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Analyzing the Ryan Miller to St. Louis trade rumors
Agree with The Hat.
However, I would caveat the "winning fixes everything" to "winning in the playoffs fixes everything." They've shown they can win in the regular season now. Just not more than 2 games in post season since what, 04?
Regarding the sales team, they've recently created a "Client Development Team." I received a new STH Account Rep in early October. She has been contacting me frequently with information, offers, and is quite friendly. Not dealt with her enough to know about the accommodation part yet. NOTE: My last STH Rep was also quite friendly and she WAS accommodating regarding my requests and listening to my concerns.
I've heard horror stories of poor customer service, with flat out lack of caring and empathy from the Blues office. They've lost a dozen STHs due to their lack of "interest" and caring that I know personally. Several others that I've heard about.
Sorry this comment was directed at the STH side. But points to issues with retaining and taking care of their core. STHs.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Examining St. Louis Blues attendance after 10 home games
@miendiem If we're talking business, the NHL would be wise to view it as an investment of their own. Odds are these kids will remain fans and will more than return their investment over the years as they buy merchandise, tickets and other NHL items. Also it's a great PR move. Invest early!
4 months ago on David Backes donates $24,000 worth of hockey equipment to children
@miendiem Two great ideas. Why not use voices associated with the team?
4 months, 1 week ago on Blues unveil second commercial with Joe Buck
@MSP Too soon!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Alexander Steen's late goal against Chicago
@miendiem I personally think every NHL arena should have an organ which they make full use of after a goal. Should be a requirement. That's one thing the Blues do right.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Devils are accepting submissions for a new goal song after fan backlash
@miendiem King Henrik's slow start is definitely one of the most surprising stories. Have to wonder if the contract is playing with his mind more than he is letting on. I expected the Rangers to make the playoffs with ease. Their early blowouts are almost shocking.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Metropolitan Division may be the NHL's worst
@miendiem I think it's kind of like Tampa Bay: They're almost always lacking defense and strong goaltending. Tampa Bay made some improvements in net, but Edmonton is...Edmonton.
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