I'm late ... let's get chatting
With Oshie, Perron,
McDonald, Polak, Petro, and now apparently EJ injured, do you see
the Blues making a move? If so, do you think the Blues could/would
go after someone who's actually worth it? Someone like Brad
Richards or Alex Semin...
Jeremy Rutherford: Doug Armstrong
has been looking for a while now, and there doesn't appear to be
much available. His comments in the Post the other day told the
story. He doesn't have much depth to trade from, so filling a hole
will be creating a hole. Making a salary-for-salary trade likely
won't help the Blues, and with the investor search ongoing, it
doesn't appear they're in the market to trade prospects for
big-money players. Players like Richards and Semin are definitely
not in the picture. I would expect more subtle moves, and finding
legitimate skill being a huge obstacle for the GM.
Are other NHL teams hit this badly so consistently as well? If not,
what is it that they do differently that we can learn from
(Detroit, for example)?
How the heck have the
Blues been coming down with so many injuries the past few years,
especially to key players? Is it really that much bad luck? Is
there something in the training regimen that still leaves the Blues
vulnerable somehow? Does the curse of Ralston Purina (which I hold
responsible for us not winning a Stanley Cup in 43 years) apply to
this as well?
Jeremy Rutherford: I'm not
opposed to evaluating the "conditioning" aspect under normal
circumstances. If the Blues had a rash of groin injuries or
hip-flexors, then yes, it could be something to do with the
conditioning and training methods used by the team. But when Joe
Thornton throws a heavy hit into David Perron, or Andy McDonald
goes sliding into Shawn Horcoff, or Sami Pahlsson falls on top of
T.J. Oshie, those are conditioning issues.
Yes, other NHL teams have plenty of injuries, and to key players.
Look at Chicago now, which is without Hossa and Kane. But in six
years of covering the league, I can't think of a team who had as
MANY injuries to KEY players.
Question: why is our front office so quiet and secretive? I feel
like blues fans are dying to hear ANY good news for a change, yet
they tell us nothing... What's the status on Perron, Polak,
Pietrangelo, are we getting anywhere on the trade front? Are we
even looking anymore? Do we have an investor? I am sure I speak for
alot of folks who would love to hear something from our
management... Thanks JR, appreciate all you do
Jeremy Rutherford: I agree that
the Blues' front office is quiet and, to a degree, secretive. I
realize many sports are hush-hush about their injuries, but the NHL
takes the cake. Within one hour of Tom Brady going down a couple of
years ago, it was known that he had a torn ACL. When Erik Johnson
had his accident, it was a week before we knew the verdict.
With that said, there's nothing to report on Perron or McDonald.
Concussions are a different animal. The Blues have been up front
about Polak. Armstrong said he didn't think Pietrangelo's injury
was serious, and while he won't play tonight, he did practice
today. So I think the Blues have been more forthright than some NHL
clubs about their injuries.
I definitely think they could tell us more about the investor
search, but with regard to those topics, many cling to the
confidentiality agreements. That's the way it is in business
Either get some talent in here to WIN SOME GAMES, or I think I'll
just become a baseball fan. I'll cut my throat while I'm at it, but
this is getting REDICULOUS. Every FREAKIN YEAR, same thing.
Hey JR, here's my
question. How much longer are the Blues going to expect fans to pay
BIG BUCKS to watch a bunch of High School level hockey players
skate around and watch these other NHL level teams SKATE ALL OVER
THEM? Isn't this getting old even for the team owners? I'm 44 this
year. I was born in 1966. I'm one year older than the Blues, and I
am SICK OF IT.
Jeremy Rutherford: If you were
born in '66, that's 36 + 10 ... OK, you are 44.
I feel your pain. I do agree, and I've said this since last season,
that the Blues needed a legitimate scoring threat. I wrote that
they couldn't rely on the guys that they had, not because they
weren't talented, but because they weren't proven. Yes, Boyes
scored 43 a few years ago, but he had 14 last year. So I agree that
pressure needed to be put on ownership and management this
But the team got off to a great start (9-1-2). The Blues have had
injuries, which is no excuse. But very few teams in the league
could sustain the number of injuries they've had and still put a
quality NHL team on the ice. The Blues are in a very bad spot, and
part of it is their own doing, not spending money to guarantee a
better a club. But they can do little about the massive number of
injuries this season.
In all the player and coach interviews, each person is saying that
they can't think about the injuries and they just have to carry on
with the group they have. Of course, this is the professional thing
to say and (hopefully) do (well). But behind the scenes or
wherever, have you seen signs of complete frustration? Like any
little breakdowns of players who are not injured? I can only
imagine what the injured players are going through.
Now of course you can't name names, but I'm just curious about the
psychology of this injury bug, because it is the most ridiculous
thing I've ever seen in sports injuries. We're talking about here,
in my view, the top 3 forwards (maybe Steen is top 3) and the top 3
defensemen being out.
And major kudos to Davis Payne having to deal with this in his
first full season. I think he has kept his composure very
Thanks for your time. Sorry for the long question/post, just
frustrated, like everyone else.
Jeremy Rutherford: It's evident
that the instructions from the top JD/Doug Armstrong/Davis Payne
was that this team was not going to make excuses about the
injuries. I can talk to 10 people and hear the same words, so the
message has been spread. But yes, in regular conversations with the
players, not for print, they're frustrated by the turn of events.
Everyone of them believes this team would have kept up the early
pace if not for the rash of injuries.
About 1/4 of our team is out with injuries. Is it time for the
Blues to make a move? I don't see us being a playoff contender much
longer if we are relying on players in Peoria. Also, are there any
indications that someone is at least close to returning?
Jeremy Rutherford: I've answered
the first part of the question earlier. As far as players
returning, right now Alex Pietrangelo (upper-body, day-to-day) is
the closest. He might play Saturday, or possibly next week.
Everyone else is indefinite.
Attention JD and Doug
Armstrong! The loyal Blues fans are tired of talk and patience. We
want our team to take a run at the Cup! It is time to put up or
shut up. Yes, I know you can't predict having players taking their
turn on the IR list. Please don't sit quietly on your thumbs and
not make a move to improve and contend. Armstrong and JD need to
ask Mr. Checketts for an early Christmas present.
Jeremy Rutherford: Well, I gave
you a chance to have your voice heard ... but I can't promise who
reads the chat. I take that back. A guy at Schnucks the other day
told me that he reads it.
Is there any truth to the rumor that the St. Louis Blues are gonna
be renamed to the St. Louis Rivermen at the All Star break? All
kidding aside, is it even worth it now to make a trade or do they
just sit tight and wait for that high draft pick in next year's
Jeremy Rutherford: Armstrong has
said that he doesn't want to respond to the short-term in a way
that will affect the team in the long-term. I understand that Blues
fans have heard that for five years, and I agree that it's getting
old. But in situation, it may be the best approach.
You can trade Ian Cole and Philip McRae and Jake Allen for Brad
Richards. Great! Then Brad Richards signs with LA next summer and
what do you have left?
Nevermind a trade, should the Blues go out and sign Hawkeye Pierce
to head up the team's MASH unit? These injuries are getting
ridiculous! What do you think of putting Steen, Berglund, and Boyes
Jeremy Rutherford: The TV ratings
have been good this year, so I don't think the Blues need the MASH
The Blues can put Steen, Boyes and Berglund together ... what are
they going to get back? Let's hypothetically say that Washington
will take those three for Semin. What does that do? Now the Blues
have a prolific offensive player, and he's playing with two guys
from Peoria. There has to be a plan.
glad I'm chugging a Red Bull while doing today's chat.
In view of the rash of
injuries, i would like to know your thoughts on Mark Cundari. Will
he get a shot at the big club anytime soon or will he remain buried
in Peoria? Thanks
Jeremy Rutherford: I like
Cundari. He's looked pretty good in camp, and he has tremendous
junior experience on his resume. He's a little undersized, but he
can play. When Johnson went down last night, Cundari and Nikitin
were the two players who got consideration for the call-up and it
went to Nikitin. I think Cundari will get a chance, but Nikitin has
a little NHL experience and right now that's what the Blues
Just wondering what the Blues organization's lack of depth at
forwards with scoring talent in Peoria can be attributed to for
these past few years? Do all organizations struggle with the same
thing? Or has it been a misread in talent evaluation?
Sad to see Johnson possibly have another serious injury and who
knows if Perron will even recover from the concussion. I'm just
hoping that Perron will play next year. It's exciting to see Cole
play like he has and all Blues fans need to rally around these guys
and hopefully the guys that need to step up will. Their good start
has them still in it thankfully.
Thanks JR for your chats and hard work following our beloved
Jeremy Rutherford: The reason the
Blues have had a lack of forward depth in Peoria is this ...
1. The forwards they drafted went from junior/college hockey/Europe
to the NHL (Perron, Oshie, Berglund, etc).
2. They have loaded up on defensemen in recent years in the first
round (Johnson, Pietrangelo, Rundblad, Cole, etc.)
3. The forwards they did have, they traded (Palushaj, Eller, etc.).
That's why you saw the team deal Rundblad for the pick that got
them Tarasenko this year. They were trying to balance out the
Do the Blues have any players going in this year's World Junior
tournament? Do you know if the games will be shown on NHL network
Jeremy Rutherford: Not all of the
rosters have been released, but Jaden Schwartz was named to Team
Canada, and I believe Wannstrom, their other recent draft pick, was
named to Sweden's roster.
J.R. Glad you
are feeling better these days.. Sorry we can not say the same about
the Blues. My Question's are I know we do not have a new investor
in place as of yet but is that why we are not going out and getting
a player or two? Or is the asking price to steep? Thanks in advance
Jeremy Rutherford: The investor
search is an issue ... however, if Checketts announced a new
investor today, I don't think that would allow Doug Armstrong to go
out and make a headline deal. Even with a new investor, the Blues
have financial constraints. Do fans have the right to be upset
because they buy season tickets and sellout the building, and the
team can't go out and find a goal scorer? Sure. But the financial
situation is what it is, and nothing in the immediate future is
going to change it drastically.
It hard to say whether the Blues will be more desperate for offense
or defense once EJ's status becomes clearer. If the team does make
a move for a player do you have a sense of what their top priority
Jeremy Rutherford: We should
perhaps wait until we hear Johnson's status. But if Johnson happens
to be out long-term, I would think defense would be the priority.
The Blues aren't going to win many more games with the offensive
options that are likely available around the league. But they could
probably find a defenseman who help man the fort until some the
blue-liners come back.
Hey JR: I just
dont understand the amount of penalties this team takes on a
nightly basis. It killed them again last night. What are the
thought processes of the players and coaches and how do we minimize
these game changing moments?
Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues are
averaging the most penalty minutes per game in the league. It
doesn't matter which way you shake it, that's not good. But as I
mentioned in recent weeks, I've covered Blues teams that were a lot
more undisciplined. This team has kept its cool for the most
Last night, they did not. David Backes can NOT take those
cross-checking penalties in the second period. You can NOT put the
Red Wings on the power play in a 1-1 or 2-1 game. He is a leader on
this club and has to set a better example.
Davis Payne was not happy with the lack of discipline last night
and he shouldn't have been.
The jumbo sugar-free Red Bull is gone. I need another.
JR, what's the most
positive thing you can think of regarding the Blues at this point?
The one bright spot. I know it might take some doing to think of
something but I'm looking for something ANYTHING positive at this
point. Thank you.
Jeremy Rutherford: They play a
lot of home games this month?
The Peoria players are getting an extended, extended, extended
Davis Payne is getting a chance to coach under extreme, extreme
Did you get a chance to watch the HBO series 24/7 Pens/Caps Winter
Classic? I thought it was interesting to see the Pens GM ask the
coach after each game how he rates each player on performance. Are
you aware of the Blues doing any rating system after each game or
Hey JR, hope you and
your family have a Happy Holiday.
Jeremy Rutherford: I have not.
I've been watching re-runs of ER ... I mean the Blues. Seriously, I
can't wait to sit down and watch the HBO series. I've heard nothing
but good things.
As far as the ratings' system, it is VERY common. Andy Murray was a
big in that. He would go over every player with management after
every game. The assistant coaches all have a ratings system and
report their evaluation to the coach on a piece of paper. The
evaluations would be compiled and analyzed after EVERY game. I'm
sure Payne and his staff do the same thing, although I'm not as
familiar with their process.
Contrasting with Cole, I've been a little disappointed with
Strachan- he doesn't seem to be as solid as he was down the stretch
Cole last night, I was struck by how complete of a game he played.
He was diving into seams to generate offense, great defensive
positioning, etc. I haven't seen all of his games, but this has to
rate as the best I've seen from him. I thought he played as well as
Brewer and Jackman (which was very well last night). Do you think
he elevated because of all the friends and family present or do you
think this is what we can get used to seeing?
Jeremy Rutherford: Cole has a lot
of talent and I think he's just beginning to scratch the surface.
He's very good positionally and with regard to his decision making
... very good hockey sense. I think Strachan provides good depth
for the Blues, especially considering the circumstances, but it's
tough to contrast a first-round pick (Cole) with a fifth-round pick
(Strachan) who was never signed the team that drafted him (Calgary)
and was signed as a minor-league free agent by another club.
In an effort to find the positive, our Rivermen didn't look half
bad against the Redwings. They actually looked dominant in some of
the 1st period.
I'm trying to keep
myself upbeat, but it sure isn't easy. How do the players ignore
all this injury stuff and keep their heads up? (Taping Oshie's
crutches together is a nice touch) Or do they start to lose hope? I
know the ansers that the staff give to the media, but do you see
any slumping shoulders when the cameras turn the other way? Or do
all these hungry minor leaguers keep the energy up?
Jeremy Rutherford: Well, let's
just say there haven't been as many practical jokes this season
(like Berglund taping Oshie's crutches) as there have been in the
We have seen concussions being treated more cautiously across all
sports as of late. To what extend do you think this will effect the
returns of McDonald and Perron?
Jeremy Rutherford: There's
obviously a focus on concussions these days, but I think we saw
with the return of Janssen and Colaiacovo after 18 days earlier
this season that if a players is symptom-free, they'll be back.
Perron is not symptom-free and thus hasn't skated yet. McDonald's
concussion was a lot more recent, and he's had concussion problems
in the past, so I think it'll be a while before we seen him. But
the fact that concussions are in the news more these days shouldn't
keep them out longer.
Is there any interest in
signing free agent Marc-Andre Bergeron? Do you think he would be a
Jeremy Rutherford: Not that
Bergeron has better options, but he might be looking for a better
situation than the Blues right now. I read that he was talking to
Tampa Bay earlier this month and I don't know where that went.
Despite the offseason surgery, if he's ready to contribute, he
could probably help ... especially on the power play. But I don't
know where he stands right now with his comeback.
I dont think EJ ever
regained his form from the first injury. He never seemed like the
player he was once . What do you think?
Jeremy Rutherford: Well he did
post 39 points in his first year back after the surgery, so I think
we saw shades of the player he can become. Some doctors said that
the second year back would be tougher than the first year. After
those 39 points last year, this season has been a disappointment in
that area, and his overall game probably isn't where many thought
it would be 30 games into the season. Perhaps it would be different
if the Blues had Polak available, and he and Jackman could work as
the shutdown pair, allowing Johnson to develop his own game. But
youc can't make excuses. Johnson was a No. 1 overall pick,
something he'll always live with, and if he doesn't live up to it,
he'll be criticized. But as I've said in the past, while I have
some reservations with him, I still think the potential is
Jonathan Cheechoo: 30
pts (11g, 19a) in 28 games in the AHL. Just sayin'.
Jeremy Rutherford: In normal
conditions, I would say no. But under these conditions, you might
have to take a flier. At least he has NHL experience.
Hey Jeremy. Any
idea on when an announcement will come regarding EJ's status?
Jeremy Rutherford: The only thing
I'm hearing is that the Blues are re-evaluating him this afternoon,
and the results could be made announced this afternoon, or this
Is Cracknell playing
tonight? I really like this guy.
Jeremy Rutherford: I wasn't at
practice this morning (flew home from Detroit), so I'm not sure.
But he looked fairly good in limited minutes last night and
definitely deserves another shot.
They say injuries are
not an excuse. But at what point do they become a reason?
Jeremy Rutherford: I asked
Armstrong last night that at some point there has to be a breaking
point with injuries, where you go from "We've got to deal with
them" to "This is crazy." He kept a straight face and rolled out
the company line, so evidently the injury to Johnson has not pushed
management onto the ledge, at least not publicly.
trying to be
positive... any word on Tarasenko? is he being counted on to step
in next year? how much impact does having Tarasenko and Schwarz(?)
in the system have on Armstrong looking for goal scoring?
Jeremy Rutherford: From what I
read, Tarasenko is having a good year in Russia and as far as I
know, the plan is to have him in training camp next season.
When a team is in dire
need of O-ffense, why have they not promoted their top offensive
players from Peoria, like McRae or Mink? I'd rather see these guys
than muckers like Scatchard and Porter. What gives?
Jeremy Rutherford: I asked
Armstrong that question last night and his answer is in my Blues'
notebook today. The club has called up seven forwards from Peoria,
but not one of its leading scorers (Graham Mink) and not its
scoring leader (Philip McRae). Army said the Blues have called up
the guys who have giventhe team the best chance to win. Despite
Mink's point totals, there are questions about how he'd do at this
level. Remember he's 31 and didn't have many other options besides
St. Louis. And McRae needs AHL seasoning. So there are reasons, but
at some point, you probably have to give them a look. There's not
much you could lose.
Second, how are players disciplined? Another example, at work, if I
don't produce x amount of widgets for what I get paid, I get
canned. Brad Boyes is being paid to score goals, he isn't scoring,
what action does management take?
JR, Thanks. Couple of
off topic questions.......it will be a break for you. First, what
is the quantity of equipment that each player has? For example, I
am poor....I have one pair of each: skates, shin guards, elbow
pads, shorts, gloves, etc. I have 1 helmet and several sticks. What
does each players arsenal look like? How much do they take on the
road? If they bust a skate beyond repair do they have another pair?
Jeremy Rutherford: So this is my
2-minute union break? Thanks!
I'm sure these guys have a ton of equipment stored up somewhere.
But in terms of what they have at Scottrade and the Mills, they
have their game gear and their practice gear. When you're talking
about packing for 23 guys, the equipment guys wouldn't like it too
much if you wanted to bring three sets of gloves on the road.
In pro sports, you get paid no matter how much you produce. I've
had people tell me they should take away a paycheck if a guy
doesn't score. Perhaps Dave Checketts would like that plan, but
that's not how it works. There is team-elected salary arbitration,
but we've yet to see it in action.
Is it true that the
Hockey Gods hate us? And if so, has JD and Doug Armstrong
considered making a sacrifice in their honor?
Jeremy Rutherford: Yes, they do
hate Blues. I follow them on Twitter (@hockeygods), and today they
were tweeting "Hahahaha"
Any call-up today to
Jeremy Rutherford: He has one of
the best names in sports: Nikita Nikitin.
If having more penalty minutes is bad in the real game, then how
come having more penalty minutes wins you the category in fantasy
And is the Red Bull to help you stay awake in the midst of
back-to-back games (road and home moretheless) or to stay awake in
the midst of the same questions over and over again about the
Okay, kind two fun
questions to lighten the mood.
1. Don't get me started on penalty minutes being rewarded in
fantasy hockey. When you lose a game because the other team had
more tripping calls against them ... are you kidding me? That's
like getting points for fumbles.
2. Both. But I do like the questions. That's what I'm here for. Dr.
Phil at your service.
Would the Blues look to
trade a goaltender (Conklin, Bishop or Allen) for offensive
Now that's creative.
If EJ is out for
awhile, is it fair to say Cole is likely up for good? At least he
and Petro (until they suffer their season-long injuries later this
month, pardon the caustic assumption) won't be rookies heading into
Jeremy Rutherford: I would tell
you that Cole should buy a house in St. Louis.
Red Bull your favorite energy drink?
Jeremy Rutherford: It's the best
drink I'm allowed to drink while working.
What prospects are we
looking at to make the jump to NHL/AHL for next season? What
players can you see making the NHL roster out of camp, and which
ones will be have for depth sitting in Peoria?
Jeremy Rutherford: Tarasenko
possibly, McRae maybe ... too early to tell who could make it, but
those are two candidates. Although I would caution that both
probably have to put in some more time. Another year for McRae in
Peoria wouldn't hurt. I haven't seen enough of Tarasenko to know if
he'll be NHL-ready next year.
JR, what's it going to
take to light a fire in Brad Boyes??
Jeremy Rutherford: Maybe an
just a couple for you today:
1) will we have another player (or coach) Q&A session as you
did with perron earlier in the year?
2) i heard today that we have 102 man-games missed by blues this
year due to injuries. where are other teams in the league in
regards to this? i would have to think that we are (sadly) leading
in this aspect of the game.
good luck to those who are left, and to those that are down, get
well soon, we need you. LET'S GO BLUES/rivermen!
JR, thanks as always
for taking questions.
1) I'm looking for someone who's healthy.
2) Each teams keep track of their individual man games lost, but
off the top of my head, I don't know of a website where you could
look up every team. The Blues might be on the high end right now,
but there are plenty of significant injuries around the
back to backs, and that Conklin would start one of the two, why
wouldn't he start against his old team? Not that Halak cost us the
game. He played well all things considered.
Jeremy Rutherford: I did think
about that on my flight home today: why not Conklin against Detroit
and Halak tonight. But the Blues will get criticized either way.
They started Conklin against Chicago and many people moaned that
you should start your No. 1 against the division rival. I could see
it either way.
Why is reeves not playing\called up anymore? I know he came up
early when cam was hurt and looked good throwing his weight around
until he got tossed from the game for not being tied down. That is
how we are going to have to win games until healthy...muscle
I for one hope the
blues sit tight and dont make a deal unless we can pull off a steal
of a trade like the halak trade or the steen\cola trade otherwise
we are just pissing in the wind.
Jeremy Rutherford: Reeves did OK
when he was hear, but I guarantee that if you put a bug in the
Blues' offices these days, they aren't talking about whether to
bring Reeves up. The Blues may need some muscle, but they need as
many guys playing the system as possible. Not that Reeves can't
play the system, but guys like Porter and Scatchard are pretty
Any chance the Blues
send a covert team to the WJC and kidnap Schwartz and Tarasenko?
Outside of that, is there any downside to try and resurrect
Jeremy Rutherford: Like a Cuba
baseball player defecting? The Blues should go to the airport, take
Schwartz and Tarasenko into a separate room, put a mask on them and
fly them to St. Louis. If not for real-life purposes, it would make
a good hockey movie.
I just realized that as compared to other STLToday sports chats,
Blues fans do really well with regards to spelling, capitalization,
grammar, and whatnot. Are Blues fans that much smarter, do you
cherry-pick, or both?
With respect to the
investor issue, didn't Towerbrook say that operations wouldn't be
affected while they were still part of the ownership, or is that
completely separate from the Blues being able to afford a big
contract (throwing out the fact that there isn't anybody out there
the Blues are able to bring in due to other factors besides
Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues and
Towerbrook can say that day-to-day operations aren't affected by
the investor search. But when the payroll is slashed by $6-8
million, there's evidence to the contrary.
Blues fans are very, very intelligent, and I have never once
cleaned up one typo or changed grammar ;) ... if you believe that,
I got land in Times Beach I will sell you.
Would the Blues
think of trading Conklin (possibly to Buffalo) for Pominville or
Connolly. Buffalo needs a backup and we could promote Bishop.
Jeremy Rutherford: While I think
Conklin is extremely valuable to the Blues, I don't think he would
net much in a trade. He's going to be a UFA and while some teams
need backups, it's not typically a priority. Sure, if the year is
lost to injuries, the experience would be good for Bishop. But
riding out Conklin's deal, or possibily re-signing him and keeping
Bishop and Allen in Peoria would probably be more beneficial.
JR, I can only imagine
the amount of ridiculous posts/questions you're getting today. For
entertainment's sake could you post the most ridiculous question
you've received today? Thanks!
Jeremy Rutherford: Yeah ...
How about this one: "JR, I can only imagine the amount of
ridiculous posts/questions you're getting today. For
entertainment's sake could you post the most ridiculous question
you've received today? Thanks!" - Ryan
Did you send this other one, too:
"JR, any truth to the rumor that EJ tore his MCL and might have
re-torn his ACL?" - Ryan
The guy talking
about Steen, Berglund and Boyes meant as a line not in a trade. The
Blues hands are tied. They will get a bad deal in any trade they
make. They are desperate and other teams know that. My question is
when the ownership thing is resolved will the Blues self impossed
cap go up? Thanks JR for your time!
Jeremy Rutherford: I'm sorry, I
must have misunderstood.
On the ownership front, we'll have to wait until that's resolved
before knowing how things will change financially.
So who is the next
player to go down?
Jeremy Rutherford: I can't think
of who's left.
The Red Bull is wearing off, so I'm going to close up shop here and
get ready for tonight's game.
I'm sure that I provided zero insight into the injury situation.
The Blues are saying that there will be an announcement tonight on
EJ's status, so stay tuned. Thanks for the questions.