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I can see Dunn going to the Kraken. D-men are tough to come by and he's going to play a lot this year for the Blues due to injuries and such. He will get ample exposure. Up front, I can see the team extending Schwartz and protecting both him and Perron to keep more of the Cup nucleus. If that means losing Sanford or Sundqvist, so be it.
The Blues have won with Binnington. He is a huge piece of the team chemistry. The team can easily afford to pay him the going rate for a true No. 1 netminder and still surround him with a very good team. Given this team's uneven goaltending history, inviting more uncertainty would be stupid.
Yes, teams can make a deal with the Kraken to take this player instead of that one. Teams can spent draft picks and prospects to that. But given the fact the Blues have already spent a lot of draft picks and prospects to build this team, I don't see the Blues playing that game. Doug Armstrong knows he will lose a good player, but that will just be one player -- and in the flat cap era, teams are going to lose good players anyway.
The Mizzou women's team has reached a rough patch for sure. But I can't imagine that Sterk is eager to make coaching changes coming out of a pandemic when finances are tight. That mitigating circumstance will add patience to his evaluation process.
Everybody in the industry has been aware of the Pujols age issue for just about as long as he's been in the game. There's no story here.
Given the sheer volume of starting pitching candidates in camp for the Cardinals. I imagine it would take multiple concerns to arise to make the team spend any more money on pitching. At this point, nothing has happened to change the initial pitching outlook. Jake Odorizzi is waiting for a team to offer multiple years. If he waits long enough, he could get such an offer once a team could take a big enough injury hit to change the calculus. Beyond Odorizzi, there's not much out there.
I never met him one-on-one. But I had a grandmother that worked the hospital the Red Wings used back in the day. She had nothing but great things to say about what a good guy he was. Everybody said the same thing about him. And as for his strength, yes, he was a beast. Farm boy strength.
He is having the same issues that Jack Hughes had last season. There is not much time or space out there. The NHL game is fast and NHL skaters are strong. The ice closes in a hurry. But just as Hughes is making strides in Year 2, so will Lafreniere. Don't write him off yet.
Santana has had a pretty uneven career offensively, Outside of this chat, I can't remember seeing much connection between the Cardinals and him. As for subbing out Edman, right now that's what Carpenter is doing. He is under contract for big money for this year, so the team is finding something for him to do.
Despite all this mishaps, the Cardinals have banked 13 consecutive winning seasons while going to the postseason in seven of the last 10 years, The Cardinals have been the gold standard for competitive consistency on his watch. No amount of fan whining changes that.
The NHL will be fine. Going forward, it could end up on multiple outlets while bringing a lot more money on the U.S. side of that equation.
The Cardinals owe him $18.5 million for this season, so he's going get a chance to hold a part-time job. If the Cardinals sent him home, they would still own him that money plus the $2 million buyout for 2022. Hence his place on the roster.
Yes he should. So his lack of sharpness had to raise eyebrows. At least his velocity was good.
I imagine so. Darryl is demanding coach and Matthew was not coddled growing up. He'll be fine.
Not sure how many more years the MVC has on this deal. As for DePaul and SLU, I don't see either school eager to move to the mid-major level. The A-10 is an upper mid-major and the MVC is a lower mid-major -- one that is hard-pressed to get at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament.
Ott is often mentioned as a potential head coach. His time could come soon. As for the power-play adjustments, Jim Montgomery is watching from high above. Although Jim Montgomery works with the PP, Ott is there on the bench. And all the coaches have input on all things.