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SportBlues are set for now, but GM Doug Armstrong faces tough decisions down the road

00:00  26 august  2019
00:00  26 august  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Demand so high for season tickets, Blues creating wait list

Demand so high for season tickets, Blues creating wait list ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The Blues say season tickets for the upcoming season are being sold so fast that they have to create a wait list. The club says tickets are being sold at the fastest pace since the Blues moved into the Enterprise Center in 1995. The team attributes the high demand to it’s first-ever Stanley Cup, the All-Star game being in St. Louis in 2020 and the recent renovations at Enterprise Center. Limited options for season tickets are still available, the team said. To get on the wait list, click here.

Douglas Armstrong (born September 24, 1964) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive, currently the general manager for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The person with the toughest sports-related job in town right now is Doug Armstrong , the Blues ' Viewed independently as stand-alone cases, most of the trades or business decisions made sense. But since Armstrong became GM in the summer of 2010, the Blues are second in the NHL in wins

The St. Louis Blues expect to have almost everyone back in their lineup from last season, with a few exceptions. However, what about the season after that?

Blues are set for now, but GM Doug Armstrong faces tough decisions down the road© Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

General manager Doug Armstrong will have to make some tough decisions with players such as defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, defenseman Joel Edmundson and winger Brayden Schenn hitting unrestricted free agency. While all three would like to return on long-term deals, that isn’t likely to happen due to the team’s salary cap situation, a growing list of developing prospects and the expansion draft.

With that in mind, Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the team’s top priority will be to sign Pietrangelo and that could cause problems for the others, especially Schenn. After an impressive 2017-18 season, Schenn’s numbers dropped from 70 points to 54 last season. However, if Schenn returns to his former numbers — which is possible considering the Blues struggled on the power play last season — he could easily price his way out of St. Louis.

Man faces murder charges after deadly shooting in Greenville County home

Man faces murder charges after deadly shooting in Greenville County home Just hours after a man was shot and killed Friday afternoon at a home in Greenville County another man was arrested and charged, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. Greenville County Deputy Coroner Kent Dill said Brandon Rashad Oneal, 28, of Greenville, died at the scene. Deputies found Oneal at a home in the 700 block of Crestfield Road in the Gantt Community, south of I-85 near Augusta Road, Lt. Jimmy Bolt said. The shooting was reported just before 4 p.m., according to Bolt. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday, Dill said. Just before 11 p.m., deputies announced the arrest of John Derrick Robinson, 33.

Tough decisions await Team Canada's new GM Doug Armstrong . Hockey Canada names management team for 2016 WC of Hockey Monday. Doug Armstrong will be Armstrong will take the reins from Steve Yzerman, who stepped down after building the gold medal-winning Canadian teams

GM Doug Armstrong had his finger on the trigger to blow up the Blues . “You talk to your agent. They know about it, too. You get put up on Frank Seravalli’s The season before, Armstrong irked the Blues ’ core when he dealt Paul Stastny to Winnipeg on deadline day in 2018 while his team was just

Schenn could easily command $7M per year on today's inflated market, and he’d be an expensive player for the Blues, especially with the improving play of winger Robert Thomas and prospect Jordan Kyrou. With those two top talents, Schenn could be seen as expendable for the 2020-21 season. Schenn would also likely want a no-movement clause in any deal, something the Blues will be reluctant to do.

There is more NHL news to report:

  • The Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark reports that Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic is banking that forward Andre Burakovsky’s biggest problem in recent seasons with the Washington Capitals was his lack of playing time. The GM believes if the Avalanche increase his ice time, Burakovksy should be able to take that next step into becoming a solid top-six player. The 24-year-old Burakovksy had 17 goals and 38 points in 2015-16 season, but hasn’t been able to take the next step. He averaged just 11:08 last season and put up just 12 goals and 25 points.
  • With that in mind, Burakovsky is expected to play on the second line for the Avalanche next season and the hope is that new center Nazem Kadri will give Burakovksy the guidance he needs to develop into a solid scoring winger. Colorado has struggled with finding a solid No. 2 center, but Sakic believes the team’s second-line woes are about to be over.
  • Jason Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press writes that with two gaping holes in defense after the team lost Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot in free agency this summer, Tucker Poolman remains a top candidate to claim one of those two spots. The 26-year-old blue liner has dealt with injury problems in the past, but believes himself to healthy and at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds could be a valuable asset and a cheap one (two years at $775K). The fact that Poolman is right-handed is another advantage as the team only has two veteran right-handed blue liners in Dustin Byfuglien and Neal Pionk.
  • After seeing 24 games with the Jets in 2017-18, Poolman didn’t make an appearance with the Jets last season. An ankle injury derailed half his season and he only managed to appear in 43 games for the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

A Bahamas fisherman had to watch helplessly as his wife drowned.
As Hurricane Dorian ravaged Freeport, the main city on Grand Bahama, fisherman Howard Armstrong had to watch helplessly as his wife died in the rising flood that claimed their home. The water rose quickly, he told CNN, and soon it was up to their necks. "We were doing all right until the water kept coming up, and all the appliances were going around the house, like the washer machine," said Armstrong, who is a crab fisherman. Storm Tracker: Click Here to Follow Dorian's Path His wife, Lynn, was standing on the kitchen cabinets, the only place where "your head would touch the roof," he said.

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