Two potential All-Stars and two badasses. Image flickr/Bridget Samuels
Our Blues lost to the Leafs last night. I’m really not mad about it. I’ll tell you why. That team skated harder and stronger, pushed to the goal, got in the dirty parts of the crease, did whatever they could to win, more than I have seen them do so in the last couple years. It is FUN watching hockey like that, knowing your team is battling hard.
Much credit has to be given to the Leafs rookie goalie Ben Scrivens. I’ll be honest. I had absolutely no idea who this kid was when the game started, yet I can guarantee you I won’t forget him any time soon. Hmmm, I wonder if he’s available in my fantasy league?
Either way, if this is the effect that having Hitchcock as a head coach is going to have, I think I’m going to be ok with it.
Apparently though, the front office wants to win, and are showing that by moving players who haven’t been particularly effective for the team this season. Right after the game it was announced that the Blues have traded D-man Nikita Nikitin to the Blue Jackets for Kris Russell. I didn’t know much about this Russell character, and that’s why I read other Blues sites. Both Game Time and Blue Note Zone have comments up about this trade, and I’d be willing to bet there will be more analysis come out as time goes on. I’m curious, though, to see who moves where, and wouldn’t be surprised to see Cole on his way back to Peoria.
Nikitin, I always liked you, and I wish you well. If I knew how to say “goodbye” in Russian without googling it, now would be the time that I’d say it.
If all that wasn’t enough for yesterday, there are three Blues on the All-Star Ballot for this year. Huge congratulations go out to Pietrangelo, Halak, and BaCkes for their nominations! PS, has Hitchcock figured out how to pronounce everyone’s names yet? Anyone know?
It feels like November has convinced our team to turn over some new leafs (just not the ones last night). It’s going to be an interesting month, that’s for sure.