There's at least a chance that Tarasenko can still provide offense -- and offense is hard to find on the market. The Blues found some with Mike Hoffman, but he wasn't a great fit.
With that schedule, it's not hard to imagine the Tigers winning eight games. Maybe the Tigers can get to nine if they build enough momentum early. It will be nice to see what Coach Drink can do with a team not ravaged by COVID-19.
There is much more for Thomas to give. He has elite playmaking skill and the rare ability to create space for himself with edge work. This season was a disaster, but I could see him coming back with a 60-point breakthrough if stays healthy and really applies himself.
I am not surprised he has made it big in the pros. The NBA had its eye on him before he got to Missouri. He is an aggressive scorer who can pile up points in a pro offense. Mizzou didn't have a great team when he was Boone County, but the Tigers did a nice job of showcasing his skills.
The package proposal for Eichel earlier in this chat would likely suffice.
The Cardinals need to play closer to .500 against good teams if they want to ride their dominance of bad teams to a division title. Plus that would be good practice for the potential playoff games.
Rondon has some pop, but he's also hitting .235 and striking out more than one-quarter of the time. As for Lars, he has a .701 career on-base plus slugging percentage in the minors and is not regarded as one of the team's top prospects. But could he hit .200 in the bigs? Maybe. At this point the Cardinals might take that.
The stance on Lynn made no sense. As for Max, the Cardinals have seldom invested that kind of money in pitching because of the injury risk that has burned them again and again.
Well, we're still waiting for the Cardinals to have a really bad season on his watch . . .
Blowing up this team would be stupid. Give the group a year to see if it can stay healthy, get some careers on track and make some adjustments. There's no reason to fold.
The Wild played better. And they stayed much healthier. Those were the big takeaways. That team was a great story. On balance, I would still take this team over the Wild -- especially with Minnesota still tied to Parise and Suter forever at big dollars. Karill Kaprisov is electric, but GM Bill Guerin still has quite a bit of work to do.
The Blues won the Central Division in 2019-20, so they were not mediocre. They just played poorly in Bubble Hockey. As for next season, get back to me in training camp when we can see the roster and which guys are healthy.
For the most part the minors would trudge on in the case of a work stoppage.
That would not surprise me.
Winning the Cup is far greater than even the Super Bowls or World Series, given the emotional ties fans in the STL had with the Blues for all of those seasons.
I can't imagine them going higher or giving him more years. This team has a surplus of middling forwards and it has to sort them. If another team wants to go bigger for him, so be it. But his faceoff skill and versatility do come in handy.
Vegas, because it's the better team. But injuries and illnesses on the Golden Knights sure leveled the ice surface in this series.
That depends on where they stand at the deadline and how they are playing. It's possible they play out the season with rental players.
Randy gets full marks for adding muscle and power. Adolis gets full marks for proving he could handle center field while also making enough contact so that his power would play. Both guys have played a lot of baseball, dating back to Cuba, so I think they have some staying power. Both proved they can persevere. But expecting them to sustain Sosa-like homer paces is not realistic.
As it turned out, Max held up. And a bunch of lesser signings did not pay off well for the Cardinals due to injuries. The Cardinals did not fare well with their bets at the pitching durability routlette wheel.
I still like Andrew as a hitter. But the latter part of his fill-in stint for Molina went badly and who knows when he will get another run like that.
Who wants to trade for a high-priced injury risk? The Cardinals would have to eat a lot of that money, so the team might as well keep him and hope for the best.
At this point if he can play and build some confidence, that will be worth the risk. If he doesn't get his game back, it won't matter much if he stays healthy.
Both players are said to be doing OK, so I don't expect either to retire this summer. But Bortuzzo's repeated issues are a concern. What more can be done? Not much, because even full face cages wouldn't make the issue go away.
OK, that's it for this session. Good times! Have a great Memorial Day weekend.