It's 2020. Why are you still complaining about 2020?
There's no money for Mike Hoffman. He is a nice finisher on the power play, but his all-around game lacks. I see the Blues using the same sort of line combinations they did last year while expecting more offense from Robert Thomas and hopiing to get some rush offense out from Jordan Kyrou in a supporting cast role. And if Vladimir Tarasenko can come back and add something, great. If not, then the team will have to start pondering ways to spend his cap dollars down the road.
Maybe that will be a consideration by 2050 or so after the population shifts away from the coasts, but by then rising river waters might push the riverfront closer to Tucker Blvd. Not sure how good a stadium would look there.
Any good agent with a player headed to market is going to check around ahead of the opening. Any player heading to market is going to check with buddies around the league to see what's up. So, yes, tampering is hard to prove. That's why you have to give the Blues a nod for being so flagrant about it back in the day. They were the NHL's bad boys and they suffered multiple league spankings as a result.
Give the pandemic and the resulting budget crunch, this should be an uneventful offseason for the Cardinals.
Alex has top-notch agents. If he wanted to stay, he would have told his agents to get the best possible deal in the STL. I'm guessing Petro got butthurt at some point and decided to move on. There was some grumbling from his camp at the contracts Faulk and Schenn got, but if Alex wanted such a deal Armstrong would have signed him on the spot. But it's clear Armstrong believed all along there was a good chance Alex would test the market and get an offer that he wouldn't top. That's why he made the play for Faulk and that's why he was ready to pounce on Krug.
I would point to a team like Milwaukee. The ownership there is reasonably aggressive in a small market. The Brewers try to retool without tanking with tiny payrolls. Their regional TV money is not enormous. They have a good fan base, but not an enormous one. Their operating margin is not great from year to year. Although the Brewers' owner has resources, staggering operating losses will take a toll on that franchise.
I believe this will be a good and entertaining team, but the Blues will have a hard time replacing Pietrangelos's steady work in his own zone at even strength and on the power play.
The Phillies were a blast again this year.
No. As chat regulars know, my feeling is that teams that reach the bracket have a chance to win it all. Anybody can get hot for a few weeks. And anybody can go cold. The Dodgers have spent and spent and spent and spent over the years and they can't seem to get all the pieces to fall at once. So it goes in Our National Pastime.
He got better as last season went on. He's not likely to score a lot of points here given the lack of power-play time available, but if he can use his skill and experience to control pucks in the defensive zone and trigger breakouts with 22 or 23 solid minutes per game, the Blues will take that. That will be his challenge and it will be significant.
College players can go to developmental camps, but not training camps unless they leave school. I do see smaller camps with junior players staying where they are teams using the shorter run-up to get their veterans ready. We may see a Feb. 1 start with a short season, so the NHL will not waste time with lengthy camps and a lot of preseason play. Fortunately European prospects may get nearly a whole season in back home before the NHL starts.
Dahl is an arbitration guy, so it will be interesting to see where his money goes. I don't know why the Rockies would be motivated to do something with Dahl at this point in his career with the sport coming out of a pandemic. And if the Cardinals add an outfielder, that guy needs to be a cleanup-caliber hitter.
Alex has a few very good years left in him, at least. But, yes, Vegas will pay him a lot of money in his 30s for what he accomplished in his 20s.
Yeah, if I'm him, I am probably getting away from baseball in what little down time I have. I am probably not reading this chat.
The man wanted a fresh start for whatever reason. And there are nice places to live in Vegas, well-removed from the stench of passed out partiers and sad faces of tapped-out gamblers. The guys who play there seem to love it.
I believe he could hit 40 homers when he's 50 years old. But I see this team subtracting salary and not adding much of it. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised this winter, but I am not counting on anything big.
Krug has played with Faulk in international play, so if that works, great. That leaves the Parayko-Scandella shutdown pairing intact and Dunn playing with Bortuzzo and Gunnarsson and Mikkola offering depth.
That happens when you fail to hit.