There chances of a team investing insane money on career minor league goaltender seem remote. And it would take insane money for the Blues to let Binnington walk. Very few teams actually need a goaltender. Many teams that made big bets on mostly unproven goaltenders have suffered bad consequences. And if there is a team willing to spend crazy money for a goaltender, then Sergei Bobrovsky, not Jordan Binnington, would be the target.
He seems pretty engaged. He and O'Reilly both need to do more, but then again I wonder how much Ryan has left right now. It sure looked like he was playing hurt against the Stars.
Yeah, it's fair to say the 2015 version of Michael Wacha is unlikely to resurface. He's been through a lot with injuries. It will be interesting to see how free agency treats him. It's a tough market these days.
Yes. The Blues went 1 for 20 in their last six games. They outscored the Stars by six goals at even strength and doing that to a loaded San Jose team won't be easy.
Bishop has fashioned a nice career for himself. I wonder if Tampa Bay regrets letting him go. He kept getting hurt of the Lightning, but imagine that team with a bit less offense but a better goaltender.
No. Unless a kid is an academic casualty, playing in a high-level college program creates a much better shot for NFL success than playing with a bunch of washouts.
The Bruins are a much better team than Carolina, so there's your matchup problem. Their top line is amazing, although I wish David Pasternak had put just a bit more oomph! into his Dunkin' Donuts commercial performance. He wasn't all that convincing with his chirping at the referee from the penalty box..
They would expect to get another Top 6 forward. Otherwise, why trade a Top 6 forward when you expect to contend again next year? It's not like the Blues are going into retooling mode as they did after the last Final Four appearance.
Sure, I do expect improvement because at some point Carlos Martinez could be in that mix. And as I noted earlier, Gomber and Ponce de Leon could offer options, as could Alex Reyes.
All along I thought Kyrou had the higher ceiling given his offensive potential. But Thomas has a ton of offensive potential too. If Robert learns to shoot more as he develops, he could be a Brayden Point-like center. That is a high goal, perhaps impossible to meet without Tampa Bay's talent around him. But Thomas has a unique ability to create space for himself with his stickhandling. He may have more ability to beat a defender one-on-one than any Blues forward.
The other games still count. So if the Tigers don't go to a mid-level bowl game, make Arkansas their bowl game and gear up for that. The bigger damage from the ban, if it holds, is the loss of shared SEC bowl money. The athletic department can scarcely afford that.
The Sharks may have the most offensive talent outside of Tampa Bay. So, yes, the Blues will need to do some damage on Jones while playing lights-out defensive hockey against that group.
He will be a discussion point this summer. The Blues have a lot of guys pushing for work. Steen is a heart-and-soul player, but the league is getting faster and age and injuries have taken a toll on him. The Blues want him in their group but, as you note, those dollars are very, very high.
This team isn't "all in" this year. If it was, it would have a $200 million payroll with Dallas Keuchel in the rotation and Craig Kimbrel in the bullpen. There is a big difference between wanting to win and being "all in" to win.
Power pitching, shifts, launch angles . . . yeah, things are moving quickly. Such is the impact of technology and smart guys from outside the industry moving into key front office roles. But if baseball can't figure out how to put actual action back into the sport, we could see attendance sink back to 1970s levels. This product is getting harder and harder to watch.
No, they can't force a player to live someplace as part of his contract. I believe some of the so-called drama from this winter was overblown. Ozuna got his shoulder checked after the season, underwent repairs, did his rehab and got stronger. He was out of pocket for a while during the winter, but now his offensive production looks more like his '17 output and his throwing arm seems to be improving apace. I would extend him while keeping both Bader and O'Neill with the realization that Dexter Fowler and Jose Martinez are in their 30s and not under contract forever.
Yeah, San Jose caught some breaks. But that is also a really talented team. Both Colorado and Vegas had ample opportunities to beat the Sharks and they couldn't.
Bokk is only 19. He had a solid first full season for Vaxjo HC in Sweden, but he didn't dominate.So another year over there can do some good. He needs to get stronger and he needs to keep building offensive confidence. As long as he can meet his physical development goals, the Blues are OK with a player making the choice to extend his stay in Europe. Look at the trouble Klim Kostin had in the AHL at age 19. It was great to get him to North America to get acclimated, but his offensive game hasn't developed during the last two seasons playing against older guys. Yet at the World Junior Championships, Kostin stood out playing against other young guys. So bringing a guy to the AHL too early can backfire.
Yes, he is still with the team. Yes, he is still practicing. Could he be the No. 7 D-man next year? Perhaps, since Craig Berube had him before and likes him a lot.
Well, maybe. Or maybe it comes down to which teams stays healthy and which team can add the most from within its organization. All three teams will have the ability to look outside for help. I think all three teams like their lineups, so that could come down to which team makes the most progress with pitching, one way or the other.