Bortuzzo is healthy. But Berube likes Gunnarsson with Pietrangelo and Dunn with Edmundson, so Bortuzzo is paying the price for that. It really came down to the need to get Dunn out of a Top 4 assignment and shelter him at even strength.
Ever? In the history of time? If St. Louis stays above water after the polar ice caps melt, I could see another team in another league landing here. Maybe that will come from whatever sport some day replaces football.
Ballpark Village and downtown hotels would take a beating for sure. I believe there is a path to labor peace and I believe all of these contract extensions will make the players less radical. The key to the next CBA will be shifting more money to players earlier in their careers, with higher minimum player, earlier arbitration and quicker access to free agency. Progress on those fronts would help the bulk of the players and that would get a deal done.
That is BenFred's favorite. He loves the sing-along, even through Enterprise Center is nowhere near West Virginia.
When push comes to shove for me, I stream the game off an app on my phone and then put it up on the TV. I do that will college basketball all the time when there are conflicts.
The Blues were winning and Berube liked Sanford's game . . . until he didn't. Then he gave Fabbri his shot and Robby ran, er, skated with it. The Chief does not like to juggle lines or shuffle his lineup unless he feels it is absolutely necessary. The players appreciate that continuity.
Sadly, there is some true to that. While our river beds may be swollen, there will be plenty of high ground to build stadiums and arenas on.
We did provide that public service, but you can't blame fans for wishing they didn't have to channel surf to find games.
In the first round, I had no idea where some of those channels were when I went looking for other NHL playoff games to watch.
Jose has worked hard on his fielding, as noted analyst/outfield instructor Jim Edmonds. The year before he spent a lot of time trying to master first base and that proved to be a waste of time. Jose is not a great athlete -- as he proves while struggling to find top gear while running the bases -- but he can hit and he is a worker. If he can hold up in right field and if Dexter Fowler can play at least some center field, that does the offense as world of good.
We all assume the deal will get done. The Chief is focusing on the task at hand, trying to make a long run. His leverage only increases with each victory, so I'm sure he feels no need to interrupt game preparations to finalize a contract. And nobody can get to Berube without the Blues' permission, so I don't see him going anywhere. Not only are other choices off the board for Doug Armstrong, other teams are filling positions that Berube would have been eligible for.
The voting is already completed for the Calder, so Binnington can't help his case with his playoff success. I believe Elias Pettersson will get the award because he is such a good player. I mean, he could be a Top 10 player in the league sooner than later. Sure, he missed a big chunk of games. But he is so good. As for the Chief, I believe he will get consideration for the Jack Adams -- but Barry Trotz has to get that award for his remarkable turnaround of the Islanders, a team nobody expected to see in postseason play after it lost John Tavares.
You could still run the Memphis shuttle under a CBA that rewards players earlier in their career. I believe MLB teams will fight hard to keep the number of minor league options right where it is now, especially with teams promoting so many guys so early in their career. With a better CBA, players could get more for that shuttle period and get to the real money sooner.
The Stars believed the Predators got a bit skittish under pressure. The Blues defense is bigger and more stout. Also, look at the difference between the No. 1 centers for the Blues and Predators, Ryan O'Reilly and the enigmatic Ryan Johansen. ROR is a far more dogged competitor.
There is a lot of talent there. Fabbri is flying again and battling hard for pucks along the wall. Berube has nothing but good things to say about his tenacity. The whole team is thrilled for Robby and he could be an impact guy in this postseason.
Serenading goaltenders is a hockey tradition. Ask Murray Bannerman. (Or ask your grandparents about Murray Bannerman). As for the decision to move on from Bishop, the Blues went to the Final Four with Brian Elliott as their lead goaltender in 2016. That was just the third time since 1970 they got that far. In retrospect Bishop has held up better than Jake Allen, so fans will have that to complain about. But Bishop didn't stick in Ottawa and the Tampa Bay Lightning decided he wasn't a cornerstone either. Bishop has shown a ton of character with his perseverance and success, so I'm sure that mild fan chant will only help him refocus for Game 2. The kid is not a snowflake.
Yes, it IS ridiculous. And if MLB goes through with it, we could see some ridiculous consequences. So a guy comes in, throws eight straight balls, missing by a ton, and he has to stay in to face one more guy? And yet managers can pull a hitter in the middle of an at bat? I had the Parade of 1,000 Relievers as much as anyone, but making a pitcher work to three guys is stupid.
Remarkably, not everybody reads the Post-Dispatch or STLToday every day and some people were caught off guard.
I'd liked the Blues to advance in 7 and I will stick with that. I believe their depth will ultimately decide this series.
What outfield depth? Ozuna has an expiring contract. Martinez was up for bidding this winter and nobody offered an ace for him. Nobody wants Fowler with that contract. Bader and O'Neill are nice young players, but MLB is awash in nice young outfielders. Also, if Mozeliak felt he needed another front-of-the-rotation starter, he could just sign Dallas Keuchel.