I believe the Cardnals are waiting as long as possible on making financial commitments to get a better idea of where revenues for this year might go. And so far we haven't seen much hope for significant attendance at gams this year.
Yeah, Jim Thomas and I were just wondering how history will remember the Evan Fitzpatrick Era. A couple years ago he was on the cusp and got some emergency call-up exposure to the NHL. He played a bit in the ECHL last season and did not get an invite to this training camp. I believe he has a year left on his contract, but with the ECHL and AHL both shrinking this season I'm not sure what opportunities will be out there for him. Joel Hofer and Jon Gilles are currently fighting it out for the No. 3 spot.
Bill is very concerned about the nine-digit revenue hit he took last season and the potential for significant damage this season. So he is focusing on cost containment while remaining hopeful that his incumbent players can keep the team in the race. He made it very, very, very, very, very, very clear how he viewed the season. He will be willing to add players if the price is right, but his payroll is going down this season, not up.
I like the eight-team format and I believe there will be too much money on the table for it not to happen some day. Look at Cincinnati. That would have been a fun team to watch in the bracket. The pandemic did some damage to the tradtional bowl structure and it will be interesting to see if that damage moves us closer to the eight-team playoff more quickly.
I am a big fan of No. 77 and I could see him really helping on the penalty kill, but who do you take out right now? The pairings are Krug/Parayko, Scandella/Faulk and Dunn/Bortuzzo, with Gunnarsson as the seventh man waiting to step in for an injured player. At some point something will have to give. Berube is becoming a Mikkola fan and, like you, he is a fan of Nico's reach.
Since the Blues are selling out games and gobbling up sponsorship dollars, Kansas City is a much more obvious pick -- unless there is a multi-billionaire willing to step up and say otherwise.
JT was heroic to lock himself into a Edmonton hotel room and quarantine so he could be on site to cover the Blues. I have made some sacrifices over the years, but I could not have done that without cracking.
He is an elite scorer. Whether there is any money for him here depends on many other things, such as whether Jaden Schwartz signs a Brayden Schenn-like extension. And whether Vladimir Tarasenko recovers from shoulder surgery. Also, how high will the Jordan Binnington dollars go? And will the Blues be able to move Justin Faulk's contract in the expansion draft?
I cannot imagine a scenario where Carpenter's contract will be allowed to vest. I just can't.
Like I said earlier, Molina is iffy. There might be an ambitous team in win-now mode willing to pay for leadership. The Lindor deal was fabulous for the Mets, who have an insanely wealthy owner who wants to win right now. After what the Mets fans put up with the previous owner, that's awesome for them. And Carrasco will help as well. And they are not done adding talent. Good times!
I suppose he does, but I have not watched on second of any of his games.
While the Cardinals aren't likely to aggressive additions this year, the team is not going into tank mode. Could a Flaherty trade scenario arise at some point? Sure, because he will be tough to retain with an extension. But I don't the Cardinals making a bailout trade now.
Like I said earlier, I would expect the Cardinals to be more aggressive after the Carpenter and Fowler contracts are off the books. Also, the team will have a much better idea of what it has (or doesn't have) with the young hitters. Also, the Cardinals will get to a point where they have to move some valuable pitching to make the 40-man roster work and that will create opportunities to add offense.
Most owners are going his route. The Mets have an aggressive billionaire bucking the trend, but most of the free agents are hearing crickets in the market these days.
I do not think we will see doubleheaders under any circumstance. I believe each team has at least one light schedule week where some makeup games will be played. But, yes, it is quite possible that we will have an uneven numbers of games played at the end of the season. So the NHL may have to come up with a play-in round or some other innovation to set the playoff bracket.
Wrong person to ask! I go out my way not to watch NFL games.