Everything that could go wrong has been going wrong for the St. Louis Blues so far in 2018-19 season, but perhaps they truly hit rock bottom during Monday's practice.
According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, veteran defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and forward Zach Sanford got into a fight during practice.
Charlie Marlow of Fox 2 Now shared a video of the incident.
But interim head coach Craig Berube didn't seem to concerned about it after practice. He downplayed the incident and cited frustration as to why the brawl took place.
"That happens. Guys are frustrated and they should be," Berube said, per Rutherford. "So sometimes in practice it boils over and things happen ... that’s what happens because they do care and they want to be successful and they want to win."
The Blues were embarrassed 6-1 by the lowly and equally struggling Vancouver Canucks on Sunday afternoon. The loss dropped a struggling St. Louis team to 10-4-4 on the season - only ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks in the league standings.
Blues players were booed off the ice following Sunday's defeat, and superstar Vladimir Tarasenko apologized to the fans after Sunday's loss. Indeed, it's been an extremely disappointing season for the Blues.
What This Means
After missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years last season, the Blues went to work in the offseason. They added forwards Tyler Bozak, David Perron and Ryan O'Reilly, hoping the reinforcements up front would get the Blues right back into the playoffs.
But the Blues have performed way below expectations this season, and frustrations are clearly mounting, as evidenced by Monday's brawl between Thomas and Bortuzzo.
Doug Armstrong's first big move was firing head coach Mike Yeo and replacing him with Berube. If things don't turn around soon, Armstrong may have no choice but to start making changes on his roster as well.