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@miendiem It's amazing that (in my opinion) Elliott is still an underrated goaltender despite a ton of stats to prove that he's above average.
6 hours, 45 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/a-brian-elliott-trade-would-be-foolish.html
@miendiem Don't get me wrong, your research is awesome. It's actually yielded some results I wasn't expecting. It'll be interesting to see how that progresses the rest of the way. Will they continue on that pace? We haven't really seen a significant losing streak this year and just about every team eventually goes through one, so I suppose we may have to check back on this.
5 days, 9 hours ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/blues-are-still-struggling-to-close-games-out.html
@miendiem Great stats and research. My only counter would be the area of the ice those missed shots are originating from. For instance, Pietrangelo missed twice within 15ish feet twice against the Avs. Of course they also have the missed shots from the point, but I wish we could calculate (without spending days and days on this) and determine if the Blues are missing more often when they are closer to the net.
5 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/blues-are-still-struggling-to-close-games-out.html
@miendiem Interesting. Seems pretty comparable.
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/brodeur-loses-in-debut-teams-problems-more-evident-than-ever.html
@miendiem The man advantage play has me particularly irritated as well. The strategy, as you mentioned, looks identical to what we saw last year. Puck is moved to the point and a shot is taken even if the shooting lane is blocked. There isn't any creativity, which is a waste seeing the talent the Blues have up front. It's as if the tactics are holding them back.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/brodeur-loses-in-debut-teams-problems-more-evident-than-ever.html
@miendiem As I mentioned on Twitter, I'd much rather see Bryz than Brodeur. I just can't imagine that Brodeur has much to offer considering his age and adding in the fact he hasn't been playing. Of course, Bryz hasn't been seeing any time either, but I think he's the better option. Probably a cheaper option too.
Personally, I don't want to see Binnington. I just don't think it'd go well. I could be wrong, but I want someone with some NHL experience in case (knock on wood) something else happens.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/blues-invite-martin-brodeur-to-practice-following-brian-elliott-injury.html
@miendiem Without knowing what other pieces might be involved in a trade, I'm not sure I can support this deal. I would love to see Berglund bail, but I'm also mindful of the cap and what realistically we can expect from the Blues.
What happens if we deal for Eberle, push our spending to the max and then there's a serious need on defense due to injury? We could find a cheap replacement or call up a youngster, but my bottom line is that a big deal this early may limit what the Blues can do later in the year.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/report-blues-may-be-talking-to-the-oilers-about-jordan-eberle-and-patrik-berglund.html
@CollegeWolf Thanks! They're a lot of fun to put together. One of the highlights of the week!
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/puckdrunklove/
@miendiem I'm pleased with it. You usually don't expect a trade to be made when the team is clicking, but it makes a lot of sense. It'll also be really interesting to see what Butler can bring to the table on the nights he plays.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/jordan-leopold-traded-to-columbus.html
@miendiem Good point with Miller and Stewart. I understand Berglund has his strengths defensively, but that point aside (and that is a strong point), I feel they are missing the boat offensively.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/
@miendiem This would be one of just a handful of questionable contracts handed out by this front office. With that in mind, you almost have to wonder where pride comes in. It's as if no one wants to admit the deal was costly and perhaps a big mistake.
@miendiem I'm planning on writing more about Allen soon. I think he's playing above almost all expectations. It's a small sample, but it's encouraging.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/tarasenkos-heroics-masking-blues-troubles-on-offense.html
@leftwingbarbara Nope. Why would I? They were funny.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@DP_Snotty Traffic was up roughly 10%, if we're being specific.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/open-thread-114-12-pm-nyr-optional-last-nights-loss-stepans-return-imminent.html
Thanks for stopping by, Rangers fans!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/vladimir-tarasenko-named-nhls-1st-star-of-the-week.html
@miendiem I'm hoping it's a series with pranks on several players. Shows a fun side of the team.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/video-ryan-reaves-pranks-kevin-shattenkirk.html
@miendiem Looks like they've updated his status to week-to-week. Ugh.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/
@miendiem I am genuinely surprised his response to the AHL demotion was so negative, especially considering he passed through waivers unclaimed. Assuming he still wants to play in the NHL, wouldn't the more direct avenue be through an AHL call-up rather than a lengthy stint in Europe?
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/blues-put-peter-mueller-on-waivers-to-terminate-his-contract.html
@CUbsfan I think I like more GEICO ads than I do most of the other insurance ads out on the market. Personally, I have wayyyyyy more hate for Progressive ads than GEICO.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfuladvertisements.com/
@CUbsfan Good point. I'll add that in.
@jpk0721 I went back and forth on Ovie several times. It was a difficult decision, but all of the moving parts around him should lead to a really interesting 2014-15.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/puckdrunklove/
@Gossamer It isn't easy. Trust us.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfuladvertisements.com/2014/the-infuriating-mcdonalds-jalapeno-double-eco-nom-nom-nomics-ad.html
@RyanG1984 @David Rogers @Kevin1157 Great comment. You're correct, I meant to type that they'd deserve an infraction for delay of game (2 minutes).
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/puckdrunklove/2014-articles/7-rules-the-nhl-needs-to-change.html
@Kevin1157 Why not change it to an icing call instead of a two-minute penalty?
@jpk0721 Thanks for the feedback.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/a-compilation-of-pierre-mcguires-most-awkward-moments.html
@jrw924 I'm not an advocate of the plus/minus statistic, but it's certainly noticeable when you have a (-23) which ranks last on a pretty bad team. Butler did play the most games of any Calgary defenseman, so that's at least partially to blame, but it's still an ugly stat.
Still, I think Butler should do pretty well in his role as the 6th or 7th defensemen in St. Louis. I'm not overly worried about plus/minus as I am seeing what kind of chemistry and physicality he can bring to the group.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/chris-butler-signs-with-the-blues.html
@jrw924 It's sad how things worked out, but I agree with you. I think the Blues were pretty fair with their offers.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/report-sobotka-will-spend-one-year-in-khl-before-returning-to-new-nhl-team.html
@miendiem It's a shame that it took so long to develop too. Should the Blues be able to flip him now, you have to imagine it won't be for much considering all of the uncertainty. Probably could have gotten more before the Draft, but I'm guessing it was more of a surprise than most people think. If not, the Blues may have missed an opportunity to get a bit more for what appears to be a wasted asset.
@jrw924 I think your last statement is extremely accurate. Ott probably will have a better year with the team's added depth which will allow him to slide into a role which better suits his play.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/
@miendiem Honestly, how ridiculous would it be if you're a Leafs fan and they actually landed all 4? I'm betting a lot of loans would be taken out to afford all those tickets.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/puckdrunklove/2014-articles/toronto-maple-leafs-want-to-host-everything-for-their-100th-birthday.html
@miendiem Yeah, that's a fair guess. There are plenty of old, veteran netminders still out there, but I doubt any of them would want to spend any time in the AHL. Net is definitely an area of transition for the Blues.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/ken-hitchcock-on-goaltending-this-is-brian-elliotts-job.html
@miendiem Based on the current roster, who is your #3? If Allen or Elliott goes down with an injury, who comes up? Is that person on the roster yet?
@miendiem 1A and 1B would make a lot of sense, but I still wonder how the Blues will handle Allen. I think I alluded to my thoughts in the "Two Big Questions" post, but it looks like Hitchcock is being a bit more cautious about the situation than I believed. Allen and is limited NHL experience will see time, but it's nice to see they'll ease him in.
@jrw924 They really do. We'll have to wait and see what the actual sweaters look like, but that's what I thought of as well. I first believed the club was going to go back a bit further in their roots for the new sweaters, but these aren't bad either.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/heres-the-rumored-new-blues-uniforms.html
@miendiem I've also heard they may move to a lighter shade of blue. That sounds like a pretty risky move, depending on how light of a blue they actually would use.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/
@jrw924 I didn't even think about keeping a sweater clean. That's a really good point from a fan's perspective.
@miendiem I'd be pretty happy if the white patches on the home were removed. They really don't make much sense. I've heard rumors that the piping would be removed or more subtle, but we'll have to see what happens.
@miendiem I actually don't mind the current uniforms. I own a Backes home sweater currently that I got a couple of years ago. I actually went this route because the alternates were so prevalent. I'm not quite as excited about the changes as some people are, but I am hoping the changes are mostly subtle.
@miendiem Even when you disagree, though it may be minor, I'm left nodding my head. I'm definitely on board that Gunnarsson is an improvement over Polak, but I kind of wish the team would have added a physical upgrade over a puck-moving upgrade. I know I've said that before, but I think it's an issue few people are realizing needs to be addressed.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/two-big-questions-remain-for-the-st-louis-blues.html
@miendiem I thought for sure the Lehtera deal meant that Stastny was as good as history. Never thought both would arrive. Now I'm really, really wondering where Berglund goes...
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/blues-sign-paul-stastny-to-a-four-year-contract.html
@miendiem I assume it'll be Sobotka and then as of right now it looks like Jaskin or Paajarvi will be involved. That may all change should the Blues land a center and if they decide to sign Ott. Currently I'm not too confident in the third line and think that it needs some attention.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/discussing-the-infatuation-over-jason-spezza.html
@miendiem I would have thought Stastny was a total long shot, but Colorado's insistence to play the waiting game is really puzzling. I'd rather have a Stastny over a Spezza, but that's kind of an obvious statement considering one is a signing and one is a trade.
Hope you enjoyed your shout out!
@cheepnis A nightmare is paying a player for 8 years to NOT play on your team.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/puckdrunklove/2014-articles/the-islanders-alexei-yashin-nightmare-finally-ends-after-2014-15.html
@miendiem The Blues have a wealth of 3rd and 4th line options and way too few 1st and 2nd line options. In my opinion, Porter has always been on the fringe of being an NHL skater. Sure, he was a member of the line that shut everything down, but I think he could have easily been replaced with a different skater and the line would still be effective.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/blues-sign-joakim-lindstrom.html
@miendiem Person-Moving Defenseman is a term/label which needs to be more widely used.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/blues-let-ryan-miller-walk-trade-was-an-expensive-rental.html
@RandyHayes I personally wouldn't label Miller as the scapegoat. Instead, I'd say the team made the Miller trade when they should have made a trade to boost offense. Pricey mistake.
Solid recap. Represents my thoughts fairly well.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/
@miendiem "People-moving d-men". That's awesome. I'm going to have to remember that description. Speaking of physicality on defense - Roman Polak. I didn't follow him individually, but it seems like he was less physical while out on the ice. It'd be difficult to do, but if you were to compare Polak from the playoffs in 2013-14 to the one from 2012-13 and especially the one from 2011-12, I think you'd find he was no where near as aggressive and physical in his own zone.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://frozennotes.com/2014/blues-implode-tumble-out-of-the-playoffs.html
@miendiem Jess (Teach Me How to Bergie) may need to be consoled if the Blues ever deal Berglund.
Kind of interesting seeing so many "trade Shattenkirk" comments out there. Those definitely fall in "knee-jerk" category, but it does raise a point about the defense. Is there enough size? Chicago's forwards didn't have too many problems behind the net. St. Louis defenders almost always opted to use their stick to dislodge the puck as opposed to hitting the forward. Probably an area the Blues could improve on.
@miendiem I think we line up with just about everything here. I wouldn't mind keeping Lapierre as I felt he played well in the playoffs, but his style definitely carries a risk. Paajarvi is a player I'm optimistic about. He really grew in the second half and I'm hoping he takes another step forward next season.
Berglund...it's been fun, but that's that.
Ott is another guy I'm OK with keeping if these two conditions are met: 1) He's not used in the top-6 and 2) he's a super cheap.