I have more experience with the Kansas City Comets indoor team, which was run by the Flying Leiweke Brothers -- who were heavily influenced by the Steamers succcess. Tim got his start with the Steamers, in fact. He and his brother Tod have had tremendous sports management careers. Back in those Comets days Tim had sports marketing down to a science. He sold sizzle for years.
Exactly. Matt seems well-liked by teammates, given their supportive response when he does something well. But he is a fringe player at this point and the stars lead the way.
Dunn was already expendable, before Walman's breakout. And the team's ability to play well without him down the stretch only underscores that. The Blues can't keep everybody, especially with the expansion draft coming, and they have a surplus of similar D-men. The fact that Dunn's camp and Doug Armstrong have differed on his value has made it highly likely that he will move on one way or another.
Colorado is a massive favorite for many great reasons, but with that comes some pressure. As I noted earlier, one plus for the Blues is the potential for Ryan O'Reilly to at least slow down Nathan MacKinnon. And, sure, goaltending often decides a series. Binnington could steal some games and/or Grubauer could flinch. That's why the NHL playoffs are so much fun, especially in the first round.
I'd set the salary limit at $2 million and welcome him back. He does so many things well. His value in the faceoff circle alone merits retention. While Tyler got overpaid to come here, he helped bring the parade and the Blues are thrilled with that return. Going forward, though, he needs to get paid like an older third-line forward as the Blues try to make the cap work.
When you combine that sort of speed and power, O'Neill becomes an attractive player even he can only hit, say, .260. We see the value of fielding range every day and speed on the basepaths can still be a thing in baseball. He seems close to getting over the hump.
My standard answer has been quality bat, but at the moment this team doesn't have a starter who obviously needs replacing. And we've seen, again, that pitching health comes and goes. Since this team is built on pitching and fielding, I might be ready to change my answer.
Let's see how these guys hit for the next two months. While the team might add a rental bat for the late push, I'd be surprised if Mozeliak would surrender a long-term outifield asset to get a rental player. He has moved a bunch of long-term outfield assets and he's seen the issues that can create.
Given his age and all, I'm guessing another two-year offer would be wise if he is still healthy.
I'll say no. Baseball is a cold business. GMs are leaning more and more on young players while extending fewer and fewer chances to older guys struggling to put up numbers.
He would rather start and ultimately I see him in that role, given his multi-pitch arsenal. He has top-of-the-rotation potential for the long haul. Relievers come and go, in part due to the extreme physical abuse they take pitching so frequently,
I see Parayko developing into the bulwark defenseman replacing Pietrangelo. That would have happened this season but for his back injury. Who are you going to trade Parayko for that's better?
My guess? They are still using their heads at the plate. I don't see Posey play much, but clearly Moliina is smarter than most modern hitters. He picks his spots to "go big" as Stephen Piscotty would say, but otherwise he uses the whole field and cuts down his swing with two strikes. Everybody used to hit that way, but few players do it today.
John Mozeliak wasn't exactly swooning over Matt's early work this season. He's on the clock as we speak.
This is it for Colorado. The 'Lanche are build to win this year before the salary cap takes a toll. That urgency will drive them. Will it make them tight? I doubt it, but that is something else Blues fans can hope for.
Blues fans don't need help from the Antlers. They are revved up and they will make the 9,000 crowd limit sound like 18,000.
No, he preceded my time here. My memories are of his Mets days during the "Pond Scum" era of that rivalry.
OK, that's it for this time. See you next Friday. Have a good weekend!