And, again, only moron would take on both of those salaries.
Both of those guys face a phase-out from this team in 2021 if they stay. And at some point one or both think about what it will take to get contract beyond this year.
It will be interesting to see the Forbes' math on operatiing losses. There is a lot of calculate, such as did a team take on new debt to meet expenses and what was the cost of that debt? Revenue sharing went away. I'm not sure what sore of relief Fox Sport Midwest got in this market. With the Cardinals, do you add in the bath the DeWitts took on Ballpark Village losing all of that business? And, yes, how much of was offset by forgiveable government loans.
He's no McDavid, of course, but he has more juice than any of the forward prospects who have come down the road lately -- including Robert Thomas, who is pretty darned good.
Baseball is a much bigger deal here, so what the Cardinals have done on Wainwright's long watch -- thanks to his performance and leadership -- exceed the miracle that was the Blues' Stanley Cup run. Wainwright, along with Molina, embody the sustained success of the Cardinals in this era.
I'm not sure if he's been involved in baseball since his coaching days with the Tampa Bay Rays. Silent George was an excellent player here and a popular teammate with many.
I saw Belanger some at tail end of his career, but I would give Ozzie the nod for being able to get to so many hard smashes on such a fast surface. In his prime he was amazing. Then he make adjustments as injuries and age took a toll. As for Simmonds, I haven't watched him day in and day out, so it's hard to make that call.
The easy answer here is that Kolten Wong has been able hit both right-handed and left-handed pitching of late, so he can hold up as as everyday player. Wong actually hit lefties (.294) better than righties (.259) last year. Bader's dramatic splits -- .185 against righties, .360 against lefties -- led to more sheltered use which skews his aggregate numbers. (Oops, lapsed into Mozeliak-speak there. Sorry). Most starting pitchers are righties, so Bader has not been able to establish himself as an viable everyday player.
True, Heupel's UCF teams faded after he ran out of the powerhouse team he inherited. But that Tennessee situation is a mess. It's been a mess for a while. No established Power 5 conference coach was going to take that job and even the best coordinators were taking a pass on it. So the new AD ended up brining his coach with him. Odds are Heupel won't be able to raise the Vols to the Georgia/Florida level, given everything working against him, but at least he will make the team more fun to watch. Maybe he's the guy who gets the program ready for a more compelling hire in four or five years. I see his hiring as progress, but not a full fix.
We won't know more about Tarasenko until gets out on the ice and starts skating around. After multiple shoulder surgeries, there is no way to predict anything about his recovery. I imagine he will need several contact practices with the team before playing, And here's the tricky part: The Blues won't practice much with this condensed schedule.
The Blues neeed to win games. They need to figure out how to check again. That will be there focus when they play the Ducks. But they want to play physical in general, so you can expect some banging around.
Miller faded at the plate last season, so he was certainly not the second-best hitter on the team by the end. And his fielding left much to be desired, so he primarily filled the DH role last year. And there apparently won't be a DH this year in the National League. So re-upping Miller was not a high priority, especially with the team looking to cut payroll costs. This team could use a versatile utility player who can hit, so we'll see how the market plays out on that front.
Usually Mozeliak has money to spend. This year he does not, due to the pandemic. That changes everything. I expect the team to look for bargains, but unless the Rockies want to underwrite the Arenado deal just to move on from him, it will be hard to make that trade, trim the 2021 payroll and maintain the blessed flexibility for 2022 and beyond.
To a degree, yes, this is a different team. It can be faster. It can do more offensive damage on the rush. It will have more firepower if Tarasenko makes it back. It is less imposing physically on the blue line, so that will take some adjusting. Sitting back in a box on the penalty kill with this team is not the same as sitting back in a box with Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester and Steen on the PK. I believe this team must use quickly to apply pressure on the PK because they can't possibly be as good at taking away passing lanes and shooting lanes.
If you let your dislike of somebody consume you, then that person wins. Throwing a Tom Brady bobblehead into the old wood chipper won't ease your anguish for more than a few moments.
Right-handed defenseman are harder to find but, yes, I totally agree that a solid depth defenseman on that side is high on the wish list. Given the cap crunch this season that may not get addressed, but that should be a summer priority. Perunovich is a left-shot defenseman who has mostly played the right side, but will need plenty AHL seasoning before filling that need. Given the weirdness of this season, his time might not come until well into next season.