The game has evolved for sure. Look at the impact that Quinn Hughes and Cole Makar had on this side of the league. Not only can skilled puck movers help teams beat the forcheck, they can help sustain pressure at the other end with aggressive pinches and play-driving down low.
This team is looking to cut payroll. Martinez is an obvious choice. He looks like a classic case of a player needing a scenery change after exhausting the patience of his team. I believe he has trade value and moving him for offensive help (a some budget relief) would be a win-win for Mozeliak.
This is all part of sports. Edgar Renteria felt insulted and left, a decision he came to regret. Kevin Shattenkirk wanted to play in New York. He got his wish and it went badly. David Backes got one more contract year from the Bruins, but also some benchings and then a trade. Sometimes pride or the desire for something new can lead athletes to a bad place.
Interesting. The Bruins seem willing to move DeBrusk, who did not come up large in bubble hockey. The Blues could move Dunn at some point. But right now the Blues seem to have plenty of forwards even if Tarasenko misses more time that hoped. Such a trade could make sense at some point though.
That's a fair question. The team is putting a lot on Alex. It already had a strong defense. It needed to get stronger down the middle and it got weaker instead. That team was close to Cup-caliber as is. But management is not afraid to shake things up, as Marc-Andre discovered when the Golden Knights sought Robin Lehner as his replacement.
That's correct. And that's why Doug Armstrong was prepared to lose him. He was hoping to keep Alex, of course, but when a negotiation goes on and on and on and on without resolutation . . .
I believe he can take a leadership role. We saw him become more assertive last season and there is so much more he can give. I see him handling matchup duty, taking a lot of defensive zone starts and logging the most minutes among D-men on the penalty kill. Bit by bit, he's adding more edge to his game. He's never going to be Scott Stevens, but he can become even harder to play against.
Newport Sports is a great agency. Of course Don Meehan and Co. try to get the best deal. But if a player wants to stay, he can call that shot. He can either leave the agency, like you said, or tell the agent to get something done.
Miller's late slump was a concern. I wouldn't rule him out because he may have little to no market leverage. But I believe this team needs to find more heft in the form of an outfielder.
I don't the need to move any of the three players you mentioned. Carlos Martinez should have trade value and Andrew Miller may as well.
Both teams will feel a sharp pinch from the pandemic. I believe the NHL and MLB are bracing for partial attendance revenue next year. The sports industry will need many years to recover from this. And like every other business, it may face permanent change.
I figure the Cardinals will play this out unti Jack's last arbitration season. If the team can't extend him -- and it will be extremely difficult to do that -- then dealing him for value would make sense. In the meantime, I'd try to win with pitching.
No. The guy has failed in multiple stops. There is no reason to believe he could play for Berube.
In fairness to fans, Faulk admitted that he struggled this year. But I don't believe we need to go all Eric Brewer on him. There is hope.
It's not fair. But if you play for the Dodgers and you make giant money on a huge payroll team, then you are judged on the postseason. The back issue is a factor, as is wear and tear. But at some point the man has to have a HIS MOMENT or that shortcoming will mark his career.
Bader did clean up his numbers somewhat this season with a late power surge. But he is still a poster boy for unfulfilled promise. His bad at bats are really bad. Showmanship is great, but it sells better when a guy hits .280. On the plus side, he loves to play the game and his joy is much appreciated on a fairly dour team. (See the earlier references to Ozuna).
I agree. The sports industry is in for a world of hurt.