Those were some crazy times. Teams would go nuts once a game got away from them.
Dunn is Kevin Shattenkirk. He is a very good offensive weapon who will need sheltering in scenarios like this playoff series, when the forechecking is intense. He has made strides defensively, but, again, he is an offensive player. Look for him to get a lot of shifts tonight off of offensive zone starts.
If the XFL fails here, it will fail because the whole league tanks. St. Louis won't take the fall for that.
Sutter coached for 13 seasons and had some success in the regular season, anyway, both here and in Boston. He had three losing seasons in Calgary with mediocre teams and his first of three seasons in Chicago was pretty good.
Yes, well, our heroes are down 3-0. The Cubs have made great strides with their pitching, both in the rotation and the bullpen. This is going to be a tough series and a tough playoff race.
Not necessary. Given Gunnarsson's extensive injury history and advanced age, he could still be the odd man out. Edmundson is back in the Top 4 tonight. How he does the rest of the playoffs will have a big impact on the size of his next contract.
The Cardinals value lefthanded pitching, although fans may wonder about that after the team gave up on the injury-plagued Gonzales just as he was about to get it together. Obviously the Cardinals have spent big money on lefty relievers. The development of the lefty Gomber as a starter is a priority. Trading for Genesis Cabrera is another example of their value for lefties. That said, they do not set up their roster to face two players in the National League. Rather than set up their roster to face two players, the team could just walk those two guys in key situations.
Fans complained about this last year and the Blues added right-handed shooters David Perron, Tyler Bozak and Robert Thomas to their power play. What baffles me is the deployment of the players they have. Once in a while you will see Ryan O'Reilly take a one-time shot, but Tarasenko is usually on the wrong side to do that. Perron is usually on the wrong wide to shoot immediately as well.
The Blues would like Robert Thomas to step up into that role while Jordan Kyrou does for next year's team what Thomas did this season.
Conditioning and depth play into it, but so does the flow of the game. When the other team succeeds in frustrating you with their checking scheme and sustaining pressure, now you are reacting instead of attacking. Suddenly you are playing slower.
The Blues have a chance to win next season, too -- so unless a team is willing to send a 70-point guy with longer contract term to the Blues for Schenn, then there is no reason to make that trade.
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time!