It moved up to No. 1, over the David Freese Game and The Tackle, due to the history of playoff frustration fans here had to endure. So many great storylines. This was the ultimate Team of Destiny.
It's hard to pick one guy from this team to put there. All the top guys played well well. It's sort of line the '99 Rams -- Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Orlando Pace and Isaac Bruce are all giants.
No, he is not a big goaltender. And he doesn't play a big, upright style.
Second-year slumps happen all the time in the NHL for all the usual reasons. So are fall-offs for playoff heroes. Matt Murray's second full season was a mess for Pittsburgh. There are many examples Doug Armstrong will cite during bargaining with Binnington's camp. After all, Jordan hasn't even played a full NHL regular season.
Well, he's not hitting well. The fact he had just four doubles until recently is a great indicator that he is not driving the ball. He is battling, but he has not been driving the ball. That means he is almost on pitches but not quite squaring up. That beats flailing in utter futility, but in some ways it can be more frustrating.
By next season, when you will have overpriced St. Louis/NHL All-Star Game stuff to buy.
The Cup push certainly won't hurt local hockey. Hopefully some of these Blues will settle here as many predecessors did and contribute prospects and expertise to the scene.
No I do not. After the Cardinals traded like 17 outfielders, the well is shallow. Maybe Dylan Carlson gets here in a couple of years, but that's about it. Tyler O'Neill can play at this level, but can he start? The same goes for Lane Thomas.
No, unless they make some significant moves.
That is the issue. The Cardinals made a strong financial commitment to a team that just isn't that good. They are what they are, so the only way out might be to eat some more contract and spend some more money in the market.
Carpenter does try to dump some balls that way, but until he's hitting .270 again he should do more of it.
Berube sees no problem with the relationship. He makes clear and basic demands of his players. If they meet them, they play. There is no drama with this guy. He scratched Perron, explained it to him . . . and David was fine after that. Kyrou can see how Robert Thomas, Oskar Sundqvist and Sammy Blais earned the Chief's trust. Kyrou will get his chance here. If he can't meet the demands, then he will become a nice trade chip. Berube has command of this group which, unfortunately, Mike Yeo did not.
The Cardinals wish it was as easy as changing out the cooler.
And that is sad. This is not baseball that we are watching.
Both guys have high-end talent. The Cardinals did not expect Reyes to punch a wall. Martinez, there was always potential of trouble because of his wear and tear. He has a violent pitching style. Then there are injuries to old guys (Wainwright, Cecil) and young guys (Gomber, Helsley). So a lot has happened to the group. Dakota Hudson has come along as expected, but not much else has gone right for the rotation.
But man, could team score. Those are crazy individual numbers for the pre-Gretzky Era of the NHL.
That could be among the hard calls the team makes.I believe his buyout would net a $4 million cap savings for next season. They could do a trade and re-sign with him, as Washington did with Brooks Orpik after its Cup win. Armstrong loves Steen and obviously he is a big part of the winning chemistry.
Well, you don't own the Stars. That team will be back in a big way next season. But at least the Blues have shed their lamentable label. A weight is off the back of thousands of long-time, hard-core fans.