Bobo's back and ready to get back at it. So let's go!
MLB has grudgingly taken some steps to improve conditions for minor leaguers while being pressured from several sides. That pressure helped convince baseball to scale back the minors and focus more on real prospects while exploiting fewer "organizational soldiers" for the staging of games. But, yes, baseball can still do much better and I would like to see top-paid guys like Max Scherzer advocate for them as well as the low-paid rookies and young veterans.
DeBrusk is interesting because he is still youngish, he carries a moderate salary cap number ($3.675 million) and he has an expiring contract. Such a trade would free cap space for the Blues, which would be a good thing. But Schenn is still a physical player -- which has value, even at a high price -- and DeBrusk's work ethic is questionable. So that would be the debate.
Now let's see if Ville wins some games. He's not off to a great start with this opportunity.
Excellent question. This team needs more relievers capable of handling high-leverage, not fewer. The Cardinals must not have believed Garcia was really as good has he looked in his small sample size here, but he doesn't seem to offer much risk at that price.
Good question. The NHL relaxed protocols too much, as it turned out, but it's not like other sports are keeping guys in the bubble. The physical interaction in the game is one issue as is the constant travel, but you would think the NBA would be having just as much trouble. The NBA has been hit, but it doesn't appear it has been hit as hard.
This is not a strike by the players, it is a lockout by the owners. The owners will feel economic pain before the players do, since teams will lose advance ticket sales, season ticket renewals and exhibition game revenue. Given that, I expect this thing to get settled some time in March -- just in time to prepare for the real games.
You do have to wonder about the choice of vaccination. The NHL needs to study the teams that have been hit the hardest to see if there are common threads. Maybe the league needs to intervene. With the new variant in play and flu season upon us, athletes need to be extra vigilant if they want to keep playing.
Boosters will have to step up to pay for his exit, if it comes to that. The athletic department has been running at a pretty severe deficit.
Yeah, this is billionaires vs. millionaires to a large degree. To me this is a fairly simple negotiation. Revenues are soaring at the same time teams have leaned harder on young (and thus minimally paid) players. The owners can certainly afford to bring the pay of rookies and young veterans to appropriate levels. The owners made this an even bigger issue with the service time manipulations, so this contract negotiation is the time to fix that. They can also grant free agency a bit sooner, since many of them have locked players into bigger-money deals well before the players were eligible for free agency.
Players can enter the portal but decide to stay put . . . assuming the school still wants them.
It is a lot easier to part in front of the net than it used to be, that's for sure. And there are guys who are good at it, like Anders Lee of the Islanders and Patric Hornqvist of the Panthers. These days a modest push is enough to earn a cross-checking penalty. Back in the day a defenseman get away with medieval stickwork in front of the net -- although disemboweling was frowned upon.
If he stays healthy he could do that. He is seeing lots of power play time and for now the power play is clicking.
Sure, because by then California could fall into the ocean, Florida could be underwater along with many coastal cities in the ease. The NFL would have to move inland.
Hmmm . . . lefty bat with a little pop, some fielding versality, likely to be a low-cost player in the post-lockout signing scramble . . . yeah, it's easy to see how you guys would sniff out that possibility. That's the sort of signing that could provide Nolan Gorman insurance.
The Circus wasn't terrible, since he did play in 758 NHL games. That's a lot of action. He never topped 48 points in the league, which was bit disappointing given his college production, but he had a nice late run in his NH career after some monstrous seasons in the old IHL.
I don't believe a contract is a contract until the player passes his physical. So for guys waiting until after the lockout to do that, this would be a bad time to take up chainsaw juggling as a hobby.