As I noted earlier, the athletic department needs a successful basketball program to pay the bills. A complete crash-and-burn this season could take years to overcome -- so that's a project the school will likely choose to start with new leadership. So Martin needs to find ways to win some games and show a LOT of promise heading into next season.
Yes, baseball is profitable. The hard part is defining all of that expense/revenue generated by related businesses. That's where the deciding what cut the players deserve gets trickier.
Jordan Binnington is the No. 1 goaltender and Charlie Lindgren is the No. 4 goaltender. The Blues appreciate Chuck's work as the fill-in, but a years-long track record trumps a days-long one.
What are the chances those three -- especially Carlson -- take a step forward and have a bigger year? I believe their upside is better than their downside.
If Husso plays well when he returns and Binnington is up and down with his performance, we may see more of Husso. As I noted earlier, Husso is headed to unrestricted free agency, so the team has to make a decision on him. This is a pivotal year in his career.
Lindgren is the No. 4 goaltender the Blues pulled off the minor league pile. Given Charlie's years-long track record as a fringe pro, I don't see the Blues keeping him in the NHL at the expense of Husso and then starting him down the stretch ahead of Binnington.
Yep, all that money that has been spent under the table is now being spent over the table.
Logan has played his way onto the bubble for sure. That will force the team to make a decision as players get healthier. Given his success and the fact that other teams are running out of players, I could see Logan drawing interest if he hit the waiver wire again. Teams are claiming guys left and right.
No, the team could make adjustments much sooner than the trade deadline as needs arise. And I would expect a few moves once the lockout ends.
Binnington was always a prospect here. Lindgren was signed off the pile to back up in Springfield.
Toropchenko just keeps growing. He arrived as a prospect at 6-foot-3 and he looks like a legit 6-foot-6, 220 pounds now. I can see him sticking next season.
No progress. It doesn't appear there will be any discussions before the holidays and probably not before the New Year.
Nootbaar is projected to play a lot next year as the fourth outfielder to see a lot of righthanded pitching. Also, Gorman will get at bats at some point, if not right away, to add left-side pop. And while I do think the team will add a veteran lefthanded batter, I believe that investment will reflect the expectations the team will hold for the younger hitters.
The owners took a beating during the pandemic. They had to pay the players at least some of their money to play in empty ballparks. Right now the teams are having a tough time selling tickets for a 2022 season that is on hold, so they are starting to feel the pain. The players won't feel pain until April.
That will cause further erosion, which is why I think this thing gets settled with minimal disruption to the real games.
If the Tigers have to make another change, the hire better be more like Nate Oats than Kim Anderson.
I'd say the numbers crunch could catch him at some point. If the team ever gets healthy -- a big IF these days -- he's a guy who could interest another team. He still has some game left.
The league is starting to shut down some teams through Christmas. With each passing day the Olympics participation seems less likely.
He is getting some games in the AHL on a conditioning stint. He was the team's biggest hitter when healthy -- and hitting makes the Chief happy. He'll be back.