Blues Searching for Answers..Plus NHL News
Who are they? What are they?
Do the Blues have an identity?
Last year it was goaltending, this year it’s a lack of goaltending. But it’s much more than that.
This isn’t the same team we saw a year ago which is strange considering the little turnover with the roster.
If the Blues need experienced voices like Jamie Langenbruneer and Jason Arnott then they’re in a deeper hole than we thought.
A full hour passed before Ken Hitchcock addressed the media following the Blues 3-0 loss which says something isn’t right.
After the game Hitchcock addressed the players in a closed door session. That was followed by a separate meeting which included GM Doug Armstrong and the Blues leadership team. This group includes a handful of players including Captain David Backes, veterans Andy McDonald, and Barret Jackman among others
Is there reason for concern when we’re approaching April yet still talking about the team buying in? After losing back to back games to two of the worst teams in the Western Conference the Blues apparently have some soul searching to do.
Among the more puzzling issues surrounding the Blues this year is their lack of push back during games.
Rarely do we see a Blues team go down as quietly as they did last night.
It’s not about fighting but there’s something to be said for protecting home ice.
Again this team needs an injection of personality.
We’ll have more on this later….
Miikka Kiprusoff Says No…
There’s talk of the Calgary goaltender refusing to report to another team should he be traded. I’m not so sure I’m buying this. In fact sources tell me he would accept a trade to Chicago should the Blackhawks swing a deal for him.
Kings on hand….
The Los Angeles coaching staff, including former Blues coach Davis Payne, took in the game Tuesday night. They’ll practice at the Scottrade Center today.
Yesterday the Kings visited the White House where they were honored by President Barack Obama for winning the Stanley Cup. They took a tour while also spending time outside on the South Lawn.
The Sabres are rumored to be moving a number of players including Steve Ott and D-man Jordan Leopold.
Ott, who was traded from Dallas for Derek Roy, has proven to be a bad trade for Dallas.
Roy is also available as Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk continues to reshape his roster.
Yandle rumor won’t die…
Sources say the Coyotes would be willing to part with D-man Keith Yandle in exchange for a number one center. Yandle may be the only chip they would move who would fetch that player in return.
Sources say the Islanders have begun contract talks with both Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit. Both will be UFA at the end of the season if unsigned.
Could the Islanders part with forwards Michael Grabner and Kyle Okposo? They remain under contract for the next three years but their salaries increase with each season. Grabner will eventually earn $5 million, Okposo $4.5.
The Oilers are looking to move veteran D-man Ryan Whitney who is in the final year of a $24 million deal. He does little to excite me if the Blues were to show interest but he can still skate and could be a decent partner to finish the year with Alex Pietrangelo.
Word is Senators goaltender Craig Anderson is still about a week away from returning from his ankle injury. This could mean the Senators hold on to Ben Bishop after all. In that case promising goaltender Robin Lehner would need to go down to Binghamton. Anderson still has term remaining on his deal and so eventually a move needs to be made. If a decision between Bishop and Lehner needs to be made I’m told the team will move Bishop.
Blues Buzz airs tonight live from Johnny Mac’s beginning at 6:00. Current Montreal Canadiens Executive Scott Mellanby will be my guest. The show can be heard on AM 590 the Fan.
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