St. Louis Blues Review: January 9th – January 15th

| January 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

St. Louis Blues Weekly Review – January 9th – January 15th

The St. Louis Blues have been termed a consistently inconsistent team and this past week provided us zero relieve in the roller coaster ride season.

The Blues started the week with getting their ass handed to them by Boston and Los Angeles then in typical Blues fashion go into San Jose and Anaheim and get four points to end the road trip.

Enjoy a brief recap of the past week.

The Good

  • Colton Parayko finally pumped in a few goals. Might be the best news the Blues received this week.
  • Patrik Berglund continues his hot streak and his quest for a new contract. 4 goals last week including the game winner in OT vs. Anaheim
  • The Blues nailed their tribute to David Backes. Fucking nailed it.
  • Carter Hutton: 2-0, stopping 82/86 with a .953 Sv% and a 1.23 GAA. That is how you snap a losing streak.

The Bad

  • Too many men on the ice. The Blues are up to 10 TMM penalties on the season. How in the hell is that such a thing?
  • Vladimir Tarasenko: 4 games played, 1 assist, -3 and 5 shots on goal. FIVE. Again, how in the hell does someone that talented average barely a shot a game.
  • Shots on Goal: 90 registered shots on goal. That was the lowest total for a team playing 4 games this week by 14. Need to get more pucks to the net.
  • Jake Allen: 0-2, stopping 20/26 for a .769 Sv% and 8.00 GAA. Buzz your girlfriend, woof.

#TheScholarship

Instead of listing Lehtera in the bad section every week. I thought I’d dedicate a whole blurb in honor of his futility.

This week’s stat line: 1 G – 0 A – 1 P, -1, 8 PIM and a whopping 39.1% from the face off dot. No coincidence that Tarasenko was a ghost this week.

Goaltender Drama

The St. Louis Blues have been in existence for 50 years, I wonder how many of those years have we’ve seen some kind of goaltender drama?

Last year, I was 100% Team Elliott because I thought he was the better goalie and the Blues played better behind him for the most part. The team was built for the present and there wasn’t contracts that forced Hitchcock’s hand to keep throwing one goalie out there.

This season is different, it has transition year all over it. I respect the job Hutton has done being the band-aid but the Blues went pot committed on Jake Allen by trading Elliott and giving him an unnecessary extension. (Thanks Doug 5% Armstrong). If Jake Allen is your present and intermediate future then you have to get him back out there and get him straighten out.

Allen is set to make 4.35 million next year. If Allen is struggling for the Blues, then I guarantee that other teams are not going to want anything to do with a mindfucked goalie with a bad contract. You cannot bring in a Ben Bishop or M.A. Fleury to right the ship, having two goalies with that kind of salary is just asking for a 2016-17 Dallas Stars situation where you’re over spending on mediocre goaltending and compromising your cap.

This current roster isn’t a Stanley Cup roster, if you’re not going to trade pieces to upgrade your roster because of future ramifications then you should also allocate the necessary time and patience to get your future goalie’s head screwed on straight.

Hypothetical Trade Fun

We decided to toss out some hypothetical trade ideas to garner responses and answer questions. Take a look.

Disclaimer: These trade proposals were used for research to gather data on the players going out, not the players coming in.

 

To be honest, the only shocker was the Duchene for Schwartz / Schmaltz trade. The Blues are loaded at LW and I was surprised that the majority would not want to deal from a strength to bolster the biggest, glaring weakness on the roster.

It finally looks like for the most part that Blues fans are realizing Kevin Shattenkirk’s trade value might not be as high as we assumed in the summer. The guy is a hell of a player but is he more valuable to the Blues as a roster player or acquiring assets?

1st or 2nd line centers are not going to be cheap via trade. Pretty safe to assume every call 5% gets from rival GM’s involves Parayko, Fabbri, or Schwartz. Who would you have to get back in a trade in order to let go of Bob Fabbri or Schwartz?

Upcoming Schedule

3 Games: Tuesday 1/17 vs. Ottawa, Thursday 1/19 vs. Washington, and Saturday 1/21 @ Winnipeg

Prediction: Blues beat Ottawa, lose to Washington then they have their weekly ugly game and lose in OT to Winnipeg. (1-1-1 for the week)

Thanks for reading!

Agree or disagree, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below or tell me to chug bleach @ArtLippo

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