Bobo's here. We have a crowd forming in the lobby, so let's go!
It's good to see the women making some noise again. Lord knows that athletic department needs a lift right now. The SEC is good in everything . . . and Missouri clearly is not.
That seems pretty clear. The owners came back after six weeks off with mere incremental improvement on their offer. Both sides are waiting for the other to make a big move and, like you say, none will be coming for weeks. Both sides are going to need to feel economic pain before they budge.
Maui! With snow on the way here, suffice to say I'm super jealous. That place is so great it's unfair to the rest of the world. If the Powerball ever comes through, that would have to be one of my residences.
Yeah, we've had that talk before in this room. Krug and Perunovich are so much alike. Maybe there will be another way to realign the defensive corps to add more size and checking ability, but it's not hard to see Perunovich emerging as a top trade chip. He is going to have a heck of a NHL career and the whole league can see that.
Speaking of trade chips . . . Walman has come a long way in a few years, but he got passed by Mikkola and Perunovich here. Bortuzzo is valued as a shot blocker and Scandella has tons of experience and the willingness to handle tough assignments, so Walman has been relegated to the No. 8 role. So he could move in a deal to land another defenseman. There is still upside there. Walman can rush the puck up ice and that has value.
If you are looking East, then Montreal's Ben Chiarot checks those boxes. He's a sturdy, physical player who might not be a legitimate Top 4 defender on a contender, but he could definitely add heft. Many teams are sniffing that trail.
I could see Kobe staying here in a prime role because his brother is here. Elite teams might not take Kaleb in a package. I can see Kobe assured of being the go-to guy and part of a big push forward for next season. Brazile aside, yeah, you're looking at a bunch of guys who can play at this level but not make a big impact. Adding a dynamic point guard could make some of the current players better. Ditto with a powerful low-block player. Mizzou will need a lot more than the two freshmen signed for next year to rise up.
IF the team is healthy, which is almost never the case, and IF Berube decides he needs both Brown and Kostin in the lineup at once, which seems unlikely, then I suppose Bozak and Sundqvist are the most likely to battle for the final spot. Bozak is handy but aging and Sundqvist is a stalwart still working to regain his pre-injuries stride.
Boy, there are a lot of guys tied for first. Not much separates the top guys to this point, but Kyrou is the most dynamic player and Buchnevich is having the best all-around season, excelling in all scenarios. So I'd go with Kyrou, given his ability to change this team with his explosiveness. But Tarasenko and Thomas are right there too, along with Barbashev and Krug.
There are a bunch of good candidates on this team to play with them. This team has so many forwards! I like the idea of using Schenn to 1) get him going offensively with those two playmakers and 2) getting him back to the basics of playing the body and attacking the net.
Given all of the other options the team has at shortstop, that does seem bold. Also, the potential for lost revenue from this lockout may inspire the Cardinals to hold off on more spending.
Yep. These guys are among the greatest players in history. They are well on the way to that status before they go caught up in performance-enhancing drugs. If you deny them entry in the Hall, then you to take out everybody who perverted science to get ahead: amphetamines, excessive cortisone shots, DMSO (used to treat animal injuries), excessive use of painkillers and, most recently, the abuse adderall and similar drugs. Such a ban could clear out a LOT of pre-steroid stars.
As I noted earlier, the COVID carousel should make Armstrong reluctant to move a goaltender. Earlier this year he had to sign Gillies off the street to play. In time, yes, the Blues could have nice trade leverage.
Chiarot played at a high level last season while Oleksiak is more of a third-pairing guy, so I'd go with Chiarot. But Jamie is MASSIVE, it's not hard to imagine Berube voting to add him to the playoff push.
Bolduc is enjoying some offensive progression in the QMJHL this season, but it will be interesting to see how much weight/strength he can add by next fall. The AHL will be a big step up. Jake Neighbours lost some valuable growth opportunity when the World Juniors were cut short, but he is tearing up the WHL as you expect. He should be a NHL regular next year.
I agree. I can see spring training getting wiped out, which will force a short preseason camp to replace it. I could see some loss of regular season games as well. At that point both sides would have no choice but to get serious.
I love hockey and college basketball, so I'm OK. Once we start missing spring training -- when we move past speculation to seeing guys on the field -- then the lack of baseball news will be tough.