Kamis, 24 September 2009

Crib Notes - St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues
Finished 3rd in the Central. Swept by the Canucks in the 1st round of the playoffs.
Invited veteran D Darryl Sydor to training camp
Signed backup goalie Ty Conklin
Resigned Keith Tkachuk for another season.
Lost G Manny Legace, and shot-blocking D Jay McKee
Everyone else got healthy

Questions going into 2009-2010:
Will full seasons from Andy McDonald, Paul Kariya, Erik Johnson and Eric Brewer make this team a serious contender in the West?
Can Chris Mason keep up the pace from last season?
Are Backes, Berglund and Oshie the most exciting young trio in the league?
Will Erik Johnson rebound and start living up to his potential/hype?
Does anyone object to me leaving out DJ King's name from the first question?

Poised for a huge season:
For some reason I think Paul Kariya will have a huge year if healthy.

If you had to buy one Blues sweater:
It would give folks a quick cheap laugh to show up to the rink in a size 10XL Tkachuk.
Better yet check out the hat that Erik Johnson is rocking this season. He has no idea but if he showed up to the McCarren Pool in Brooklyn wearing this and some facial hair and he will have bedded 4 hipster chicks by the time Mission of Burma finishes its set.

Player whose has proved to me that I know nothing about judging NHL talent:
Brad Boyes keeps scoring goals.

Reason why Brad Winchester is the mayor:
We met an ex girlfriend of his at last year's Winter Classic. Artem has some film of her answering dopey hockey questions somewhere and I sneaky think that Artem loops that footage and plays with himself.

Old guys:
Tkachuk is 37
Derek Armstrong in 36
Paul Kariya is 34

Young guys:
2008 top pick Alex Pietrangelo is 19
Patrik Berglund, David Perron and Erik Johnson are 21

Tough guys:
DJ King is the heavyweight but Cam Janssen is the more physical presence.

Favorite old school Blue:
Brett Hull is Bressler's favorite player and an obvious choice as Hull is a top 10 human being but I'm going to say it's a tie between Kelly Chase and Rick Zombo.

The 3rd jersey unveiled last season is tits. I don't remember this uniform.

Jersey that I'm buying Bressler for Hanukkah:
For the no. 1 Savage Garden fan in the world.

Goaltending coach:
Ed Belfour

Best looking St. Louis Blues Ice Girl:

Tony Twist used to sit on the floor of his apartment banging his knuckles against the floor. His hands would swell and his knuckles would get harder each time they healed.

NHL 94 players:
Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Craig Janney up front - WOW
Jeff Brown and Garth Butcher on D with Cujo in net.

If this team stays healthy this is a beast. Put this roster in another division and it's a different story.

Take a few steps back and think about the fact that Craig MacT was playing without a helmet until he retired. You get fined in the NFL if you don't have your pants below the kneecap and this guy was helmet less. Unreal.

- Nemmy

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