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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
When an NHL season wraps up, the head coach meets with individual players to discuss their performance over the last seven months. In those “exit” interviews, the way a player believes he performed, and the way a coach saw it, can be two contrasting opinions.
Blues coach Davis Payne is glad it wasn’t that way with goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
“I had a great conversation with Jaro about his year, how he felt it went, where are the areas of concern that we would have … and they matched up,” Payne said.
In his first full season as a No. 1 NHL goaltender, and with a new team in a new conference, Halak went 27-21-7 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Payne and Halak agreed that while those numbers weren’t disappointing, they could improve next season by better handling the mental grind of being the starter and by understanding the difference in the style of play in the Western Conference.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
...Blues general manager Doug Armstrong emphasized one thing above all else. “Unfortunately, we’ve got a lot of time on our hands,” Armstrong said.
Now that the Blues’ season is over, Armstrong has several months to tackle some key issues facing the club. He addressed many of them in a wide-ranging conversation with reporters.
The Blues finished with a record of 38-33-11, and while they missed the playoffs by 10 points, Armstrong believes many of the pieces are in place heading into next season.
“The nucleus of our team moving forward is here right now,” he said. “We’re going to continue with this group the way it’s constructed. What I saw this year is ... when we sustained long-term injuries, we didn’t have the depth. It wasn’t the (lack of) depth in the minor leagues. It was probably the depth at the NHL level to go up the lineup. If we can add some depth, that’s one area that we’ll look at.”
Hossa awarded the goal on the ice, Toronto agrees. Do you?
added 11:19pm, via Adam Johns tweet,
Spoke w/ war room, basically it felt Hossa kicked the puck into post & then hit it w/ his stick. After that, didn’t see evidence to overturn
added 11:34pm, via Chris Kuc tweet,
Blues goalie Ty Conklin on #Blackhawks’ reviewed goal: “Do we really have to make it that obvious that the league wants them in?”
Detroit fans be warned, watching may be hazardous to your well-being.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
T.J. Oshie is supposed to be one of the cornerstone players of the New Blues, one of the up-and-coming teams in the National Hockey League.
Of course, Erik Johnson was supposed to be THE cornerstone of this team – and currently he labors for the Colorado Avalanche.
Oshie should reflect upon this while accepting his punishment for missing Monday’s practice for no good reason. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is driving this franchise forward and he clearly lacks patience with stragglers.
As the Blues close out this season, everybody is under the microscope. GMs and coaches learn the most about players when times are difficult.
via Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues forward T.J. Oshie missed Monday morning’s 10:30 a.m. team practice at the St. Louis Mills in what is being described as an “unexcused absence.”
Coach Davis Payne said that he plans to meet with general manager Doug Armstrong to determine how to best handle the situation and discuss what any possible discipline may be for Oshie. Payne added that the situation will be handled internally.
Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.
But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.
Have a look, after the jump:
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This just in: Gary Bettman says the citizens of Glendale, Ariz., will be required to absorb the cost of bonds so that the Blues can remain in St. Louis. The mayor of Glendale endorses the commissioner’s position.
-Larry Brooks of the NY Post, where you can read more hockey related topics.
The center ice shot by Alex Pietrangelo breezes by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Blues won the game 4-0.
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