I agree. A small part of me misses those days because it was like having the arena to yourself. No waiting in long lines for beer or toilets.
There are times that I miss being able to sprawl out at the games. Being able to sit every other seat and let your legs hang over the seat in front of you. Then I remember how bad Kitchen hockey was and thank god it's over.
Guys, please keep this thread Blues related or it's going to get locked if it gets too far off tangent.
Regarding the layoffs, I don't know how I feel about them. I never like to hear about peoria losing their jobs but it really depends on the circumstances. It sounds lime these were all office jobs (not hockey operations) so if they were just trimming the fat, then it's a good move. If there was no fat to trim and they're now working with a skeleton crew in the office, then it's a bad move. I don't think any of us know enough about the details and inner workings of the Blues office staff, workloads, etc. to say one way or another though.
From what I heard they basically laid off the highest paid people in positions that can easily be filled by low cost people, like ticket sales. NHL teams do things like this a lot. Two years ago in Columbus they were hiring sales people, entry level was $18,000! Another team was doing sales teams in shifts, hire low cost people for six months then bring in a new group at the same pay rate. There are always people wanting to get a foot in the door and they never have to give raises based on length of employment or success.
More front office movement. Sounds like AlMac wants to spend more time following his kids. Dave Taylor to VP, DeMaio is director of pro scouting taking over for McDonald, who will remain GM of Peoria. Giving Taylor a more prominent role adds some more experience at the very top.
Davidson still hasnt been resolved, but you wonder if it has since they made these moves. Not sure what jobs are still available out there that he would be interviewing for.