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    Wednesday, February 25


    CAREFUL WHAT YOU READ, WATCH AND HEAR

    14:27:42 CST




    I'm getting bombarded with e-mails. I will attempt to respond to the questions over the next two days as quickly as possible in bulk-form via the newsletter.

    Here are quick responses to three of the most asked questions.

    The first relates to Larry Pleau and the Blues drafts during his tenure. Consider the following...


    THE PLEAU DRAFT REGISTER

    Simply stated, once again, the morons that want to rip the Blues for failure to produce through the system... lack the time, effort or cranium matter to analyze.

    Larry Pleau was brought aboard in June of 1997 as GM.

    Pleau has guided the franchise through seven NHL drafts.

    Thanks in large part to deals consummated prior to his arrival, the franchise was void of top selections.

    Since, 1997, the Blues have had four Top 30 picks... not good enough? Since 1997, the Blues have had five Top 40 picks... not good enough? Since 1997, the Blues have had eight Top 60 picks.

    To use simple terms, roughly, the Blues have had the equivalent of eight picks, total, in the first two rounds over the last seven years.

    That noted, the Pleau & Co. have nailed their premium picks.

    The four players the Blues drafted among the first 30 picks since Pleau took the reins: Christian Backman, Shawn Belle, Barret Jackman, and Jeff Taffe. Backman and Jackman are legit difference-makers. Taffe is beginning to blossom in Phoenix and Belle remains a favorite topic of conversation around the NHL as a potential big-time talent.

    In 2000, the Blues had four picks among the first 100 selections for the first time during the Pleau era. David Morisset was converted into Scott Mellanby. Justin Papineau became Chris Osgood and Jeff Taffe was a key component in the deal for Keith Tkachuk (as was Ladislav Nagy, picked by the Blues in Pleau's first draft)..

    Last year the Blues had five picks in the first 101 picks and four of their selections are deemed legit prospects by scouts around the league. Belle along with goalie Konstantin Barulin are rated legit big-timers.

    Keep something in mind, Steve Yzerman, Niklas Lidstrom, Sergei Federov, and Darren McCarty were all selected five to 14 years prior to the Red Wings winning a Stanley Cup. Keith Primeau and Slava Kozlov were drafted in 1990. Primeau was bait to acquire Brendan Shanahan and Kozlov was included in the Dom Hasek deal. Tomas Holmstrom was draft 10 years ago. Kris Draper was acquired early in his career (1993) and groomed by the Red Wings.

    It took Jimmy Devellano (considered the mastermind behind Detroit's rise) 15 years to build a 'Cup winner in Detroit with a huge chunk of Scotty Bowman's assistance.

    It took Lou Lamoriello eight years to build a winner in New Jersey even with a plethora picks along with the fleecing of Scott Stevens all the while playing in an inferior conference.

    Simply stated, considering the circumstances... Pleau & Co. receive passing grades for their drafting efforts.

    If scouts I've spoke with prove correct, the Blues last three drafts will prove a solid foundation for the future. As one scout told me, "It's the best those guys have drafted since late in the (19)70s."




    Now onto topic two... KFNS. A number of e-mails have bashed the all-sports station for their coverage, misinformation and coverage by 'Fredo Marecek. Consider the following...

    THAT'S WHY THE WELL IS DRY

    There is a reason that KFNS wannabe Greg Marecek is begging for somebody to buy the station. There is a reason why he is telling employees that times are tough and he is selling.

    Simply stated, the station sucks. I've said it before and I'll say it again, it is the worst all-sports station in the country.

    Today is a perfect example with 'Fredo (known as John Marecek) doing a morning show related to hockey. From what I'm told it was pathetic.

    First, he admits to disliking hockey, second, he knows nothing about hockey, and third where the hell would he work if he wasn't the son of the man that oversees a station that is taking on water barely staying afloat?

    There are three regular on-air talent worth listening time. There is a kid behind the scenes that I can vouch has skills. The rest are useless. The rest will have extended careers outside the broadcast business once the station is sold or buried.

    The lack of hockey knowledge has shined through, thanks in large part to 'Fredo.

    Believe me, it's only a matter of time before the station is spread over the spring flower beds which is what it is worth.

    The few legit "players" will be free of the albatross carried for years and will hopefully land on their feet.

    The rest will get what they deserve... the same "nothing" they've scammed the public with far too long.

    I apologize to my boys over there but I can no longer protect your useless pals.

    The scam is up, what has been a wart on the St. Louis sports media is about to be removed.

    VIVE LE WEBSTER HIGH, VIVE LE WEBSTER HIGH, VIVE LE WEBSTER HIGH




    TOPIC THREE... DA NEW COACH

    I laugh when I see the masses attempt to analyze the sport of hockey in this town.

    One of the hot questions is why give Mike Kitchen a multi-year deal?

    First, his deal is guaranteed for the remainder of this year and next year... the team has an option for the third (well second full year).

    Next, Kitchen is considered on of the best assistant coaches in the game. Often times in hockey... as in other sports highly-regarded assistant coaches become head coaches.

    And... often times in sports, teams like to protect coaching assets. Hence, instead of having Kitchen on the open-market. The Blues tied down a highly respected assistant coach.

    In the end, as is usually the case in this town, the media which is clueless about the sport of hockey makes asses of the themselves spewing the public sentiment.

    If I were to ask 10 media members in this town, give me legit coaching candidates... roughly 10 would fail to reach five.

    Simply stated, 99.999% of the media in this town has no idea how Kitchen is perceived in the business, what his strengths are deemed to be, etc.

    I wonder, how many of these media types broached the same topic with Lovie Smith? Did Smith win a Super Bowl, what did Lovie Smith do to warrant a long-term deal with the Bears?

    Can anybody tell me exactly what the differences are in style, handling, and attitude between Kitchen and Coach Q?

    The only reason to ask why Kitchen deserved a long-term deal is lack of knowledge.

    Again, I ask, if you question Kitchen, why not question Lovie?

    Do you have to be an assistant on a Stanley Cup winning team or a Super Bowl winning team to deserve a chance? If so, shall I broach dozens of examples in recent times that assistants from championship teams failed on their own?

    If an assistant is marred by his predecessor why has so many men elevated after dismissal of their superiors in the sports world?

    The next question coming from a ton of readers and professional suppoters will be why open a wound, why bash your brethren?

    So in advance here is my response... I don't need anymore friends... my family, boys from Maryland Heights and existing professional posse is more than enough.

    I won't rollover for this pathetic cast of morons sprinkled throughout the KFNS, the TV media and at the P-D.

    Likewise, I will continue to offer props to the 11 guys in this town that bust their ass to provide sports fans with legitimate insight and information.

    I have options down the road, I don't need to be a part of the brotherhood of pukes in this town working to keep the status quo so they can continue to provide surface material and misinformation while drawing a paycheck.

    All righty, bye-bye.


    MORE INFORMATION, INSIGHT, STATS AND FACTS TO FOLLOW

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    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
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  • #2
    After reading this, I reminded (yet again) why I can't stand fatboy Hadley.
    Jimmy Buffett quote of the week:

    "Open season on the open seas and Captain says no prisoners please. Skull and crossbones on a background of black. We ain't stealin' we're just takin' back ."


    - Jimmy Buffett, Take it Back, Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads Box Set

    "Now, she should be good-looking, but we're willing to trade looks for a certain... morally casual attitude."

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    • #3
      Answer this question for me Fatass Hadley,

      What has Kitchen done for the Blues that makes him a legit head coaching candidate? Has he marginally improved any facet of the team? If he is such a hot commodity, why isn't there even mention of him as a candidate for the other positions open, and we all know about the turnover ratio for NHL coaches.

      One more thing tubbs, most teams use something called an interim tag to see how the coach does. If he does well, he gets a new contract and is permanent. If not, you move on. Why couldn't we do this?

      Can somebody tell me what time Hadley is on the radio next so I can call his fat ass up?

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      • #4
        Simply stated. he sucks.

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        • #5
          Douchebag.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Fishbone@Feb 25 2004, 04:22 PM
            Answer this question for me Fatass Hadley,

            What has Kitchen done for the Blues that makes him a legit head coaching candidate? Has he marginally improved any facet of the team? If he is such a hot commodity, why isn't there even mention of him as a candidate for the other positions open, and we all know about the turnover ratio for NHL coaches.

            One more thing tubbs, most teams use something called an interim tag to see how the coach does. If he does well, he gets a new contract and is permanent. If not, you move on. Why couldn't we do this?

            Can somebody tell me what time Hadley is on the radio next so I can call his fat ass up?
            Where was Kitchen and all of his brilliant coaching techniques over the past few months as we watched the blues flush the season down the toilet?

            Q was the scape goat-plain and simple.

            I will, and will continue to point my finger toward Pleau and that excuse that we have for a netminder (Osgood). That three million dollar tab bdoes not help out too much either.

            These guys (Laurie/Sauer/Pleau are worse than DeTwitt/Jocketty and La Russa!

            They have accomplished the IMPOSSIBLE!!!
            Jimmy Buffett quote of the week:

            "Open season on the open seas and Captain says no prisoners please. Skull and crossbones on a background of black. We ain't stealin' we're just takin' back ."


            - Jimmy Buffett, Take it Back, Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads Box Set

            "Now, she should be good-looking, but we're willing to trade looks for a certain... morally casual attitude."

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            • #7
              IS there a lawyer here who is willing to defend me for free if I pipe bomb his mobile home?

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              • #8
                Hadley can claim all he wants that the recent draft picks are good ones but there have been many Blues draft picks that people claimed were good that all ended up flopping. Until those guys pan out, they are no different than Maxim Bets and Kyle Reeves.

                Pleau's good picks are Jackman and Nagy, with Backman looking like he's on the way. We'll see about Taffe and Papineau. That Papineau landed Osgood is no big thing because the Islanders were trying to dump him and the Blues were the only team desperate enough to trade for what was arguably the worst goalie in the NHL last season.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fishbone@Feb 25 2004, 04:22 PM
                  Answer this question for me Fatass Hadley,

                  What has Kitchen done for the Blues that makes him a legit head coaching candidate? Has he marginally improved any facet of the team? If he is such a hot commodity, why isn't there even mention of him as a candidate for the other positions open, and we all know about the turnover ratio for NHL coaches.

                  One more thing tubbs, most teams use something called an interim tag to see how the coach does. If he does well, he gets a new contract and is permanent. If not, you move on. Why couldn't we do this?

                  Can somebody tell me what time Hadley is on the radio next so I can call his fat ass up?
                  Like Kitchen would not have signed a contract for the rest of this year and two option years (Blues holding the option).

                  We guaranteed Kitchen because, as Bernie mentioned, he was no threat to Pleau.
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                  • #10
                    We guaranteed Kitchen because it prevented Pleau from having to make a decision later on. All of Pleau's moves are designed to avoid making big decisions as much as possible.

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                    • #11
                      Why am I a Blues fan anymore? I only wish there were more die-hard hockey fans in the area to hold douche bags like Pleau accountable. It seems like nobody questions what this guy does.

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                      • #12
                        With all those extra chins, you'd think it would be hard for Hadley to deep-throat Larry Pleau, but apparently it's not...
                        . . . and to tell you this: I work with gays, have friends who are gay, go to church with gays. Most of them are aware that I believe that homosexual behavior is sin. Some of them actually agree. Most don't. It's OK . . . because they also know or at least have been made aware of my multitude of sins: adulterous heart, lustful and covetous behavior, wicked pride, angry spirit . . . do I need to go on?
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                        mike smith, post-dispatch online sports editor

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by OldSchoolStroker@Feb 25 2004, 09:20 PM
                          With all those extra chins, you'd think it would be hard for Hadley to deep-throat Larry Pleau, but apparently it's not...
                          Post of the week, no doubt about it.

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                          • #14
                            Read the newletter and I'm wondering why he's attacking KFNS. While I'm not a big fan of a lot of their programming, I don't understand why Hadley is going after them here. Does he have a history with them?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bpd008@Feb 25 2004, 09:28 PM
                              Read the newletter and I'm wondering why he's attacking KFNS. While I'm not a big fan of a lot of their programming, I don't understand why Hadley is going after them here. Does he have a history with them?
                              He's a KTRS employee...

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