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Craig Custance of ESPN held an online chat earlier today..
If you are Doug Armstrong, do you try to sign Miller or get someone else and keep the draft pick?
Craig Custance I'm keeping the draft pick. Using the money on goal-scoring and giving Jake Allen the opportunity to be my starting goalie while signing a veteran backup as insurance.
do you see the kings bringing back gaborik? He's looking great out there, and I think he loves LA with the little pressure on his shoulders. You think he is still in a position where he can find that shell of his old self? How much do they bring him back for?
Craig Custance I think they'd like to keep Gaborik. Dean Lombardi was definitely open to the idea after the trade and Gaborik has proven to be a nice fit there. Better than I thought he would be. That said, he's not a player I'd feel great giving a lot of term to. It would have to be the right price.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
* I feel bad for Blues fans. They're the most loyal in town. Generations of Blues fans have invested their emotions and dollars in a franchise that's been around since 1967 without winning a Stanley Cup. The Blues haven't made a Stanley Cup Final since 1970, and haven't advanced past the second round since 2001. The fans deserve better. One day, my friends ... one day.
* I had no problem with the Blues' effort and commitment in this series ... until the third period of Game 6. To go into the third period of a 1-1 game with your season on the line and get outscored 4-0 over the final 20 minutes? Disgraceful. And it takes away from everything they put into this.
* Obviously, Ryan Miller didn't come up large for the Blues in this series. He wasn't able to steal a game, and his team needed that. Miller was awful in the 3rd period of Game 6, allowing four goals on 16 shots. Needless to say, Chicago's Corey Crawford won the battle of the goalies. The gamble by GM Doug Armstrong didn't pay off. I supported Armstrong's move, his willingness to go for it all by acquiring Miller. So I won't be hypocrital and phony and pretend otherwise. But the bottom line: the hopes, dreams, ambition (and trade pieces) that went into this deal were all for naught.
Some additional topics too also via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
This pretty well sums up the series and now the question will start, will soon to be UFA Ryan Miller sign with the Blues or go on the open market on July 1st?
added 6:53pm, If you missed the game or want to review it, highlights are below...
Most of us have been there, probably numerous times too.
An online friend, who happens to be a huge St. Louis Blues fan right after their OT loss to Chicago last night...
The only thing we as fans can do? Wait, wait, wait for the next game and hope the results are different.
Patrick Kane goes short-side on Ryan Miller to even up the series at two games...
- David Backes did not skate with the team today but Ken Hitchcock said...
via Mark Lazerus tweet,
"He’s not going to play unless he’s healthy. You never know, he could be skating in another rink. Lot of rinks in Chicago."
So going by Hitchcock's remark, Backes is a game time decision.
Hitchcock also menioned Brenden Morrow is out for the series. Morrow was seen wearing a walking boot today.
- The Anaheim Ducks announced Teemu Selanne will be a healthy scratch for the Ducks tonight.
Ryan Reaves of the St. Louis Blues on the Chicago Blackhawks...
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
After Brent Seabrook obliterated David Backes with an illegal hit Saturday – knocking him out cold – the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues scrummed in the corner. Backes regained consciousness, wobbled to his feet and tried to get involved, but he couldn’t keep his balance. A trainer had to hold him up against the wall.
And this is what one Blackhawk had to say to a fellow player who had suffered a brain injury:
“Wakey, wakey, Backes! Wakey, wakey!”
We can’t say for sure who it was, but Duncan Keith was the only Blackhawk in the vicinity facing Backes at that moment.
The CBC microphones didn’t pick up everything, either. Captain Jonathan Toews was right there, too, and had been jawing at Backes already. Standing with his injured teammate, Blues winger Alex Steen turned and yelled at someone: “Show some [bleeping] class!” A moment later, Steen added: “That’s [baloney], Johnny!”
If you want to review the hit, watch below... the chatter starts around the :40 second mark...
Here is the video explanation...
from Mike Brophy of CBC,
The Blackhawks find themselves trailing their first round series with the St. Louis Blues 2-0, having blown two games they should have won. Chicago led 3-2 in Game 1, but gave up a goal to Jaden Schwartz of the Blues at 18:24 of the third period and lost when Alex Steen scored after just 26 seconds of overtime.
They came back in Game 2 with one of their most goofy and unglued performances in years. The defending Stanley Cup champs, who also won the championship in 2009-10, were uncharacteristically undisciplined from veteran defenceman Duncan Keith delivering cheap shots to Blues players with his stick and foolishly waving his stick in the face of Vladimir Tarasenko while lined up for a faceoff to fellow blue-liner Brent Seabrook delivering a horrible head shot check that knocked Blues captain David Backes out of the game and will probably result in Seabrook receiving a multi-game suspension.
The end result was the same. Chicago led 3-2 late in the third period, but the Blues forced overtime when Vladimir Tarasenko scored at 19:53 and then won it on an OT tally by defenceman Barret Jackman.
Keith's silliness was completely out of character. And so will the Blackhawks early departure from the playoffs be out of character if Keith and his teammates don't halt the foolishness and get back to playing sound, intelligent hockey.
read on for more playoff talk...
Below, watch the Keith incident Brophy'w meintions...
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