I imagine he is on the clock as well we speak. He is buying time for Helsley to work on relieving, Martinez to rebuild his shoulder strength, Reyes to regain his command (while his broken hand heals) and for Gomber and Ponce de Leon to continue forward as starters. Gregerson is a placeholder, working mostly in low-leverage spots, until he pitches well enough to prove otherwise.
Power-place conversion. They will need some 5-on-4 goals against that team.
It wasn't a tight series, but Craig Janney scoring in OT to eliminate the Blaclhawks was fun. Brett Hull set a pick, so the Eagle couldn't get back in the goal in time. Eddie did not take this well.
I will bet on Paul Goldschmidt to outperform Luke Voit over time. We'll see how that goes. DeWitt is happy with Jose Martinez putting up big number for modest dollars. The Miles Mikolas find was solid too. That plus all the strong player development allows the Cardinals to contend once again with a mid-level payroll. The franchise is raking in huge profits.
The Carpenter extension was baffling for two reasons: He wasn't going anywhere and the market for older players has collapsed. So what if he got the free agency?
Not sure what he dental records looked like at the end of his career, but he's had time to address that sense. He doesn't have to fight much these days, but you get the sense that he would have no trouble mixing it up if it came to that.
Husso was pretty good last season, so this season was an unexpected disaster for him. The Blues figured he would be ready play some NHL games this season, but then came the struggles and injury.
Unless Jake Allen insisted on leaving or another team made an attractive trade offer for him this summer, I'd expect him to be back. I don't believe Binnington is going to make so much on his next contract that the Blues couldn't afford both guys next season. Jake could offer some protection while Husso tries to get his career back on the track. Down the road, if Binnington proves to be the real deal, Husso develops and another team comes calling for Allen, that would be a better time to make a change.
Woodford has taken a nice step in his career this season, but he is not the same level of prospect as Reyes, Ponce de Leon, Gomber of Helsley. At least not yet. I would say Ozuna edges Jose Martinez for most outwardly happy, with Fowler and Bader right there too.
As Craig Berube is quick to note, Winnipeg and Dallas had something to say about how consistently the Blues could play their game. The Jets have a loaded team and the Stars, like the Blues, really elevated their play down the stretch. Now the Blues face a Sharks team that is more talented still.
You know, I haven't heard much chatter about Unger ever getting such recognition. He was a very good player, but then so many amazing scorers came along and put up crazy numbers after his time.
Berube started doing the whole home game hotel thing to get his guys together for a team meal and then separate them from family and friends so they can set aside the "noise" and focus on hockey.
We've seen teams like Tampa Bay use the "opener" concept instead of a starting pitcher. Could we see the death of starting pitcher, as we think of him today, and see staffs using 12 or 13 guys pitching two or three innings every few days instead? If one team went all in on that approach and made it work, it could catch on. Owners would love it because it would eradicate the bargaining power of top starting pitchers. If you put 12 or 13 guys in the blender, that's going to largely equalize their value. A lot of guys can pitch well once time through the order, to your point.
I would argue for the George Brett offensive model for Carpenter. Drive the ball to both gaps and take away the shift. Rack up the doubles, hit for a more consistent average Instead, he has joined the legion of hitters in MLB's long-driving competition. Launch angle! Exit velocity!
Why not try to put the best team on the ice possible with four good lines? It's not like Schenn is blocking anybody's progress. Thomas and Blais are playing big roles in this postseason right now with Brayden logging key minutes too. That No. 1 pick does not help the team next season. The Blues could be really, really good next season.
The Blues can always get a goalie to expose in the next expansion draft, when that time finally comes after the 2020-21 season. The bigger reason for keeping Allen for at least another year is comparing his ability and salary to other potential back-ups. Binnington hasn't played a full NHL season, so the Blues must proceed with some caution.
Not sure if there is any restriction on that.
The only San Jose weakness is goaltender Martin Jones, who finally settled in after a rough regular season. So you know the drill, throw lots of pucks and bodies at him to see if he reverts to his lesser form.
Of the top of my head, I'd write about how to fix baseball's economic model so there won't be a strike. I've helped bargain a lot of collective bargaining agreements, so I understand the dynamics.