NHL teams have been watching Nathan Walker play pro hockey since 2013 and not one of them has seen him as anything more than a good depth player who can excel in the AHL.
I have not watched that team play but I need to. We need something positive to watch, right? The men are unlikely to win more than a few more games this year.
So does this team they will get shut out tonight with him missing?
I agree. The Blues got a bit silly in the last four periods. There's a good chance Berube will fix that during this homestand.
He is not the root of all evil in the industry and he did not implement rules changes you dislike. But he is the front man for the owners are a time they could alienate a lot of fans. For his sake I hope he used the down time in bargaining to get some PR lessons.
I'm not going to write off Marmol as a puppet. He earned this chance, as Shildt did. Like most managers, he will have to take input from many more voices in the baseball operation than, say, Whitey Herzog or Tony La Russa did. The sport has changed that way. Commanding managers like Buck Showalter are becoming extinct.
His employment depends on being successful, period. And this season he has been very successful under tough circumstances.
We don't know how many games the A-10 will play this season or how often any team will play with a full lineup. Good luck forecasting the league under those circumstances. The Bonnies haven't played a conference game yet and they have been idle since Dec.. 17, so it could be a while before we can assess them.
Scandella as regressed and Mikkola has really improved, so for now Niko is the better option for a shutdown assignment. The fact he plays with an edge helps too.
I could see Marmol using a lot of different guys there, including some unconventional choice depending in matchups and his eagerness to get his best hitters the most possible at bats. Depending on what others do, Edman could get moved into a super utility role unless he improves his on-base percentages and produces more balanced splits.
For the right dollars, sure. That would he would have to take a pay cut to get more than a one-year deal. But if the Blues go ahead and trade Tarasenko, that would help Perron's leverage.
With both Walman and Perunovich down, that is not possible. When Perunovich returns, then Marco could be the odd man out.
Torts would be entertaining for sure. But some of his "get off of my lawn" comments in his TV role are magnifying concerns about his ability to coach the modern player.
That will be the path A-10 teams may have to take. SLU coach Travis Ford has used a mix of great high school signings, transfers and a JUCO steal of the ages in Perkins to keep the Billikens in the chase.
Can't help you with that one. I do not know of the NHL has any official or unofficial restrictions on mask design.
I do not see the Blues going away from a veteran with a history of winning faceoffs, killing penalties and adding to the leadership group. Injuries and COVID-19 protocols will made depth critical. The Blues will need a LOT of forwards to get through this season.