Schmaltz is seeing very limited minutes even after the coaching change, so I believe the writing is on the wall for him. And the message is not good.
Fabbri has spent the last two years lifting weights with his various rehabs, so gym time is not the issue.
In the past, we have heard coaches say the Blues were fragile. Right now they are broken. As a group, the Blues have no confidence, no collective will. Some how, some way they have to string together some victories to get that vibe back. Just as momentum can carry a team a long way, as we saw with Vegas last year, it can go the other way and crush a team. Like we've seen this year with the Blues. If this team never gets going, then we'll see another coaching change and a lot of trades
Morgan Rielly is among the early favorites for the Norris Trophy this year, so that's not happening.
One, Harper has to want to come here. Two, he is likely going to command a contract that DeWitt will struggle to wrap his mind around. Three, somebody will have to take Fowler and his contract. If all that happens, great, but my pragmatic side keeps saying it won't.
College attendance is dipping. Participation at lower levels is becoming a problem. The concussion problem will only bring more litigation and more potentially unpopular changes to the sport. I believe the NFL has greater challenges ahead than MLB.
Teams aren't afraid of the Blues because their effort is so spotty. They lean on teams for stretches, then back off. They pinned Detroit down for about half of the last game, swarmed their goal, pulled even and then suffered one more lapse.
No, but they can seem real on those road trips to Colorado . . . .
They have to dump it in when they can't gain the opposing blue line with control. Dump ins can work just find with strong puck retrieval followed by a strong cycle and sustained offensive pressure.
I'd pick Kelly. He is an advanced catcher and a solid hitter.
We'll see. Also, games don't start on Jan. 2.
O'Reilly has been better than expected for the Blues. Almost everybody else? Not so much.
Fans overemphasize the captaincy. Like you say, unless you have a generational leader like Messier, one player doesn't rule the room. All the veterans need to be on the same page or else.
Great, but is he on the trade block?
It's not an either or deal, like the Cardinals could have either player if they want and they just have to decide which one. Goldschmidt is one of the guys the team is looking at to upgrade corner infield. It's worth pursuing while Boras tries to take the Harper sweepstakes to crazy heights. We'll see what the trade price is for Goldschmidt and where free agency takes Harper. Odds are better that the team gets neither play than one or the other or both.
He has five goals, which is a lot for him. And he is playing almost 12 minutes a night, which is also a lot. But he is a fourth-line guy and Fabbri still has the potential to be a tenacious and productive Top 6 forward.
Those leagues didn't order the owners to move. The owners did that themselves.