Tom Timmermann, on the scene in Sunrise, Fla., reported that Sundqvist was on the ice today for a brief practice.
The Cubs did promise to spend some money and Stroman showed a strong interest in playing in Chicago -- like who wouldn't?
There is a lot of talent on this team. When at least most of the guys are healthy the Blues have a nice lineup. I still think it has a big winning surge in it, assuming it can healthy again.
There is some truth in that. I believe the players are bit more strident for the reasons discussed early -- the feeling that they lost ground in earlier contracts.
Well, I think they got that far . . .
I agree. The Mikolas extension was a bet on pitching, which is hard to get. Had Miles been solid in his walk year after his 18-4 season, he would have gotten bigger coin. So reaching made sense, because that's what you have to do sometimes to get pitching. The Carpenter extension made no sense because he had no leverage. Had he been in his walk year and raking, then, sure, extend him.
There has been talking penalizing teams for repeated failure in the draft. That would certainly cut down on deliberate losing.
I have pitched relegation in previous years. Why not? Drop the two worst big league teams to Triple-A each year, to be replaced by the two MLB teams relegated the year before. (You couldn't have a Triple-A farm team advance to the majors because another MLB team controls its roster). Make a 100-loss team playing against Triple-A teams for a year. See how their fans like that.
As we've seen from previous work stoppages, there is no recourse for cities or businesses impacted. Imagine the impact on the Jupiter, Fla, area if much of the exhibition season gets wiped out.
Part of his issue is having to cover for guys who aren't where they are supposed to be, so he ends up out of place as well. Chain reaction.
I can't imagine that played well down in the bayou.
Certainly the Kraken have guys the Blues can use and that team is in for a long build-up. That will be one of the teams to watch as the season progresses.
Given what other free agents got, the three years is surprising. He did front-load the deal and it does have escalators. And the opt out could be a nice bet on himself. Also, I believe he saw Chicago as a good destination.
Although back in the hard-partying NHL days, some Blues tried . . .
Trouble is, it appears players can test positive again and again as COVID circles back. I don't know that there is a way to get a team completely past this for the rest of the season.
MLB only cares when fans quit coming. Then it's time to finally offer some family-friendly discounts.
I don't see a trade with Boston that makes sense, especially with Tarasenko on top of his game and DeBrusk playing like a zombie.
Hey, it's great to see fans rally behind the Circus. The guy played hockey forever, then got into a successful post-playing career in the sport. Tony is one of the good guys.
Minor league vets like Nathan Walker and Sam Anas have played well up front and Calle Rosen looks solid in his earlier stint with the Blues.
Yeah, the website scrubbing just makes the owners look stupid. What an empty gesture. We all know they are going to go right back out and market the heck out of these guys once the contract is settles.
Ben will be a popular target for teams, like the Blues, looking to get sturdier. Not sure how quickly new VP/Hockey Jeff Gorton will move, though, since he just got on the job and is trying to learn the team. He will look to add some younger assets for sure. That's what he did with the Rangers, so that's what Montreal hired him to do. Walman and the No. 2 could be nice gets for a rebuild.
OK, that's it for this time. Catch you next Friday. Have a good weekend.