Stillman has spent to the salary cap, so questioning his commitment is stupid. He literally can't spend any more money on the team. Jay Bouwmeester is in the last year of his contract, so that isn't a much of a handcuff. You can argue that the Tyler Bozak contract was a mistake because of the O'Reilly deal that followed immediately, making him superfluous. Otherwise there aren't big problems on the books. Armstrong will have no trouble moving guys if it comes to that. As for the Cardinals, they are in the playoff hunt every year while many other teams deliberately lose for years trying to get back into contention.
If a player is under the radar, that means he is either a prospect or not good enough to replace somebody already holding a lineup spot here. As Derrick Goold notes, Michael Brantley is at least a blip on the screen. (Although Fowler still blocks him.) I mentioned Seager earlier, not that there is anything actually to that.
Pro football in general is in long-term trouble and I have zero hope for the XFL or any other fringe league. There is so much pro and college football on TV as it is. How much more can people watch, even during traditionally down times in the calendar for the sport?
The NFL could always return if some billionaire wanted the city to have a team. But, yeah, I'm guessing a LOT of people are in your camp.
Bing is a great guy, so and the ownership being stuck in old-timey mode spared him a place in the slideshow. But, yes, he was in contention. John Clairborne failed to clean up a mess that largely formed on Devine's watch, leaving it to Whitey Herzog to do.
Conceding the season would be painful, but not as painful as spending even more prospects for short-term help. This team still has a lot of talent in the prime-age range and younger, so clearing out a few veterans to recoup future assets could keep the franchise on track. Of course, Armstrong better hire the right coach if the team goes that route.
The power play is improved this season, but we are still seeing players hesitant to shoot (Tarasenko in particular) and guys rocketing shot after shot high and wide. Hit the net, people, hit the net. Create deflection and rebound chances. Quit aiming for corners with shots. Quit going for the perfect pass when you have a clear shot at the goal.
Of course, a fire sale can leave a roster in ruin. And there is way too much talent here to do something like that. Making trades out of anger is a good way to lose every trade.
Yeah, I've Carlo do some guest hits on satellite radio. He is really good. He had a long career, mostly as a sixth/seventh D-man. He hung around because he could fit in. What he couldn't do is stay healthy. And those were good observations about those coaches.
At this point there aren't any, but Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Pietrangelo have such high value that getting full value in return would be nearly impossible. Pure goal scorers and workhorse defensemen are so hard to find.
As noted earlier, there could definitely be temptation to augment the core group of prime-age and younger players by trading some veterans. They can't dump players just to get a shot at Hughes, given the lottery system.
Sadly, that sounds about right.
Uh, no, the MLS would be a much bigger deal. That league has a strong foothold and a young fan base with real growth potential.
No, I would expect some major changes -- one impact hitter and a couple of notable relievers in the least. And remember, the roster could remain fluid all the way through next season. I believe management is serious about altering the mix.
IF Brian Elliott ever gets healthy again, he could at least provide some stopgap help. The goaltending market isn't very attractive right now, but with Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlamov leading the potential free agency class for this summer, the Blues will have an opportunity to change course.
But as we note every week, his actual fielding metrics at third base don't look as bad as his throws.
I agree. He works for almost nothing, he hits well in a part-time role and he can do damage with regular fill-in work when it comes to that. He can't field, but the hit tool plays. It's not like this team is awash in better hitters.
The odds of winning the draft lottery, even if the Blues sink all the way to the bottom of the standings. But this team has picked lots of good players later in the first round over the years and it would have to do that again.
Schwartz can't stay healthy. When he is going full-tilt, he's a pretty good player. But he is almost never going full-tilt. Allen lacks the confidence to battle through adversity. At this point, that appears to just be who he is. Tarasenko scored 33 times last season and set a career mark for shots on goal. With a better power play, he would have been closer. And he has looked more like himself lately, as has Pietrangelo. Right now this team is fighting a collective malaise that is dragging on everybody.
No thoughts. I've only watched a few minutes here and there.
That would be a nice offensive boost. Can you get them to take Fowler back too?