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Grading the Free Agents: Wings

I grade this Summer's Free Agent Wing signings Finally, I grade the Wingers. Kip Winger I give a "D". Debra a "B". Matt Moulson 5 years $5m AAV Grades: B Thomas Vanek 3 years $6.5m AAV Mike Cammalleri 5 years $5m AAV All somewhat overpaid. 3 years is better than 5 in my book. Steve Downie 1 year $1m Grade: B Downie can actually play a little. Nice at the price. Jussi Jokinen 4 years $4m AAV Grade: B Jokinen is a one-dimensional offensive guy good for about 50-60 points a season if he gets top-6 plus PP minutes. He's been given away at least twice in his career. Sadly,...
St. Louis Game Time 20 hours ago
Grading the Free Agents: Centers

Grading the Free Agents: Centers

I grade this Summer's Free Agent Center signings Now the Centers. I already covered Stastny, Lehtera, Berglund, and Ott in the Blues Edition. Brad Richards 1 year $2m Grade: A+ I would have been delighted to have Richards in St. Louis for 2 years at $3m AAV. Richards could out-produce this contract by 40 goals. Mats Zuccarello 1 year $3.5m Grade: A Zuccarello is in the top 100 in Corsi and Corsi Rel for the last 5 years. He's coming off a 59 point season that looks like a bit of an outlier, but I think he's the real deal. He should be a sought-after UFA next Summer. Mathieu...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 1, 2014
So, You Think You're Ready For Hockey To Start?

So, You Think You're Ready For Hockey To Start?

Here's a handy quiz to make sure you're in game shape as a Blues fan September is here, and it truly is the greatest month. Temperatures start to drop, the leaves are turning, baseball starts to begin to get ready to almost be interesting, football dominates the weekends, and the best thing of all: NHL Training Camps. Here, everyone has a clean slate. Every team is full of promise and potential. Who'll make the team? Who'll start out in the AHL? Excitement is in the air, in every breath you take. Just as the players have to prove themselves to prepare for the season, so should we as fans....
St. Louis Game Time Aug 31, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: 2014-15 Prospect List, Part Four

Your pre-season look at the Blues' prospect stable concludes with profiles of Ryan Tesink, Dwyer Tschantz, Tommy Vannelli, Yannick Veilleux, Jake Walman, Sebastian Wännström, and C.J. Yakimowicz. Part Four of Four. Because this post would be enormous if it were to include all 31 prospects on the Reserve List, we're going to do this the same way we did last season and break the list up into four posts, all of which will be posted today. For purposes of inclusion on this list, a "prospect" is defined as: -- A player who has not yet reached his 25th birthday. -- A player who's NHL playing...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 31, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: 2014-15 Prospect List, Part Three

Your pre-season look at the Blues' prospect stable continues with profiles of Mackenzie Maceachern, Colton Parayko, Zach Pochiro, Austin Poganski, Ty Rattie, Santeri Saari, Jordan Schmaltz, and David Shields. Part Three of Four. Because this post would be enormous if it were to include all 31 prospects on the Reserve List, we're going to do this the same way we did last season and break the list up into four posts, all of which will be posted today. For purposes of inclusion on this list, a "prospect" is defined as: -- A player who has not yet reached his 25th birthday. -- A player who's...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 31, 2014

Grading the Free Agents: Defensemen

My grades for the free agent contracts given to defensemen this Summer. Up next, the defensemen. Once again, I'm going to include value in the grade. I'm not going to look at the guys that signed for the AHL (sorry Tyson Strachan!) (Grade C fwiw) Mark Fayne 4 years $3.6m AAV Grade: A I thought Fayne would have been a major upgrade in Carolina. In a couple of years this contract should look great. Anton Stralman 5 years $4.5m AAV Grade: A- Stralman is in the top 100 in Corsi over the last 5 years, and number 50 in Corsi Rel. This looks pretty good. Cody Franson 1 year $3.3m...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 31, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: 2014-15 Prospect List, Part Two

Your pre-season look at the Blues' prospect stable continues with profiles of Max Gardiner, Jani Hakanpää, Ville Husso, Dmitrij Jaskin, Sam Kurker, Maxim Letunov, Petteri Lindbohm, and Niklas Lundström, Part Two of Four. Because this post would be enormous if it were to include all 31 prospects on the Reserve List, we're going to do this the same way we did last season and break the list up into four posts, all of which will be posted today. For purposes of inclusion on this list, a "prospect" is defined as: -- A player who has not yet reached his 25th birthday. -- A player who's NHL...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 31, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: 2014-15 Prospect List, Part One

Your pre-season look at the Blues' prospect stable begins with profiles of Ivan Barbashev, Cody Beach, Jordan Binnington, Samuel Blais, Jaedeon Descheneau, Jake Doty, Joel Edmundson, and Robbie Fabbri. Part One of Four. Because this post would be enormous if it were to include all 31 prospects on the Reserve List, we're going to do this the same way we did last season and break the list up into four posts, all of which will be posted today. For purposes of inclusion on this list, a "prospect" is defined as: -- A player who has not yet reached his 25th birthday. -- A player who's NHL...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 30, 2014

Grading the Free Agents: Goalies

I grade this Summer's Free Agent Goalie signings I looked at the Blues yesterday.  Today, I start on the rest of the league.   The Salary Cap means that dollars and goals are linked, so I'm going to include value in the grade.  I'm not going to look at the guys that signed to be AHL starters (sorry Mike McKenna!)  I already gave Elliott's deal an "A". Chad Johnson 2 years $1.3m AAV Grade: A Not a lot of data, but Johnson is 0.934 ES for his career. Should be a solid backup for Halak. Thomas Greiss 1 year $1m AAV Grade: A More shots faced than Johnson and 0.928 ES. He...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 30, 2014
Saturday Links: Stupid, sexy Flanders...

Saturday Links: Stupid, sexy Flanders...

Today, on a very special Links Post... Apparently, Harrison Mooney is really bad at flirting. I'd link to what happened, but I don't want to give that hypocritical site any extra hits. On the one hand, I enjoyed his Puck Daddy writings...on the other hand, fuck that guy. Moving on, shall we? BLUES NEWS: CanesAndBluesFan grades all of the Blues' offseason moves. I really agree with his reasoning for Paul Stastny, though I'm not sure I quite agree with the actual grade. Still some good stuff, though. [SLGT] Today's a pretty special day for our own Prince of Pastries/Sultan of...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 29, 2014

Grading the Free Agents: Blues Edition

My grades for the Blues Summer I'm going to go through the Free Agent signings and generate click-bait grade them for value. The Salary Cap means that dollars and goals are linked. I'm going to include value in the grade. $2.5m AAV for Brian Elliott is a good deal. $1m AAV would be off the hook, and $6m AAV would be terrible. A few words about the numbers: If the cap is $69.5m, the mid-point is $62m, and the floor is $54.5. That puts average at $62m/23 = $2.7m. Top to bottom is 150 goals and about $15m, so $15m/150 = $100k per goal. $3m cap hit in 2014 is $2.7m + $300k or about...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 29, 2014

Friday Links: It Takes Two to Lie - One to Lie, & One to Listen

Mmmmm, links... BLUES NEWS: Hey, did you know Blues single game tickets were on sale now? Because somehow I hadn't heard that yet. Not sure how I missed that. [Blues] Our friends from Smashville detailed the Blues-Predators rivalry. Spoiler alert: they don't like us too much. [On The Forecheck] The newest episode of Beyond Checkerdome is live and ready to go - the 50th episode! Halfway to syndication, guys. [SLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: After all of the expansion talk this week, a different option was brought up by rumor mongers (and Dan Patrick): relocation. [SBNation NHL] Does hockey...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 27, 2014

Beyond Checkerdome #50: Poddiversary

And now time for a Very Special Episode of Beyond Checkerdome Every show has Very Special Episodes... and we're no different. On this show we celebrate a year of Beyond Checkerdome by ... doing someone else's show entirely. Take a listen as we walk down memory lane, enjoy a few shots, and celebrate the now-defunct Hockey Card Show. Give it a listen, eh? For a download link, click HERE As we pass the 1-year mark and head into the new season, we really want to thank all of you guys for supporting us in this endeavor. We're just two hockey fans with something to say,...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 27, 2014
Wednesday Links: Now the Monkeys Cannot Bite Me!

Wednesday Links: Now the Monkeys Cannot Bite Me!

Click dat stuff. So we're going every other day the rest of August. Just go with it. BLUES NEWS: As you may have heard by now, the Blues showcased the new jerseys on Monday. They're pretty flipping sweet. [SLGT] Earlier Monday, our returning locals from Chaminade, Paul Stastny and Chris Butler , stopped by their old stomping grounds. [STLToday] Speaking of The Prodigal Son/Younger Brother, apparently Doug Armstrong held a meeting with David Backes and Alexander Steen before bringing in the high profile center. [NHL.com] Meanwhile, Jaden Schwartz is still a restricted free agent, and...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 25, 2014

Blues Reveal Old-Style New Jerseys: Pass Or Fail? (Hint: It's Pass)

The Blues' new duds are a blast from the past, and a back to basics look. Say so long to the RBK Edge era. Oh man, oh man. The Blues new jerseys? Gorgeous. Sure, that's my personal opinion, but I have a feeling that a lot of you guys will share it. What do these look like? PHOTOS: The new jerseys bring back a more traditional look. >>> http://t.co/qkZJ92J5dM #stlblues pic.twitter.com/2ornTrcfdq — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) August 25, 2014 Why, they look like the CCMs and KOHOs that I'm sure most of you have in your closet. Those jerseys, which began as an alternative to...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 25, 2014
Monday Links: Trying Is The First Step Towards Failure

Monday Links: Trying Is The First Step Towards Failure

Get your link-clicking fix while you continue getting your Simpsons-watching fix. Unless you're working - sorry to hear that. I too often have things that keep me from linking for you guys, and I'm sorry about that. But I'm not going to bullshit you about yesterday - I fell asleep watching The Simpsons marathon and couldn't pull my ass out of bed early enough to finish a post before work. And yes, I'm also currently watching The Simpsons marathon, why do you ask? Hey, shall we link? BLUES NEWS: Tonight, as you may have heard, will be the Blues Ice Breaker event at Ballpark Village at...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 24, 2014

Blues Jersey Reveal/Paul Stastny Welcome Monday Night

Are you going? Would you like to help people who can't make it feel like they're there? Sure you do. In case you don't follow the Blues on any social media platform and haven't watched a Cardinals game this week, Monday night at Ballpark Village is kind of a big deal. The Blues' new jerseys will be unveiled, and hometown boy Paul Stastny will be introduced along with the captains for this season. A lot of us are out of town and can't go, or work, or have other previous commitments. That is where you in-town,work and commitment free people come in. St. Louis Game Time is asking for your...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 24, 2014

St. Louis Game Time Fantasy Hockey Is GO

It's that time of year again - make your predictions and watch your best players get injured! Most of you guys know the drill - there are four Game Time fantasy leagues. If your team is already in one, please renew the darn thing ASAP. If you don't want to participate, please remove your team as soon as you can so new folks can sign up for the leagues. I'll be finalizing the team lists three days before the draft so we don't have any last-minute issues like we had last year, so please make sure you do what you need to do with your teams! Please disregard the draft date and time that're...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 23, 2014

Quality of Competition

QOC is a metric that tries to quantify the quality of your opponent. I'm getting tired of this guy's picture. When we post an article, we get a gallery of suggested photos. For almost two months, it's been Austin Poganski. One more reason I can hardly wait for training camp to start. Quality of Competition obviously matters. If you play better opponents, you will have less success. QOC tries to quantify the quality of your opponent. Teams The QOC metric for teams is Corsi QOC. For teams, it's pretty easy to calculate. If the Blues have a Corsi of +5, their QOC as an opponent...
St. Louis Game Time Aug 23, 2014

Saturday Links - I'm Shovin' Off

Flashback Friday. Blues Alumni in Slovakia. Sharks are weird. DoPS still don't know. Blackhawks disappointments. Hitchhiking robot. Terrifying mascots. And awesome Attack on Titan music goes with anything. Saturday! Here's my last one of THESE things for a while. BLUES NEWS: RBR put up a game preview of the Blues vs. Blackhawks from 2003 . . . [SLGT] . . . and a GDT. And like SLGT in 2003, no one was here. [SLGT] Here's the NHL's report on the Blues alumni traveling to Slovakia to help people. [NHL.com] HOCKEY NEWS: Two pieces about the bumbling Sharks offseason. First, Ryan...

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