I don't know that anything has been resolved. The battle between streaming services and regional sports networks -- not to mention major networks -- rages on.
Once factor to ponder: If there is no spring training, then there is no chance to test and polish young hitters against better pitching. That may open the door for a lot of veterans to land jobs as stopgap players while organizations try to get their prospects ready.
There is some real upside with this group. While I do not expect Paul DeJong to magically turn back the clock to better times, I'd like to see what Sosa could do with regular work. His speed and swagger gave this team some late life last season. Would regular work expose him or allow him to finally arrive as a big league regular?
When the Tigers lose, they do not do it half way. When they go down, they go paws up. The "it's just one loss" argument fades when there are many losses by massive margins. Those collapses set off all sorts of warning sirens. Martin can still make progress with this team and show sufficient promise to get more time, but it's safe to say he is on the clock.
I agree that a spending floor would be good for the players. Trouble is, it may not guarantee more parity. A team in tank-and-rebuild mode could take on dead money (i.e., Dexter Fowler or Matt Carpenter) to meet the payroll threshold and collect future assets in the deal. NHL teams weaponize their salary cap space this way to rebuild. They don't get better by spending, but they do help more ambitious teams get the budget room needed to add talent while trying to win. So this would not solve the have vs. have-not issue.
Dunn has been a nice player for the Kraken and he could be a good trade chip if Seattle doesn't want to pay him long-term. As for Schwartz, he got hurt again and the team has been a brutal disappointment. Jaden is a high-caliber person and an asset to any organization, but at those dollars he needs to do more for the Kraken.
I believe before Colton went down with COVID-19 we were starting to see who he really is. He pushed past his back injury and the emergence of Niko Mikkola really helped him. He's not going to become Shea Weber, but he will be a very good defenseman who plays the tough minutes going forward.
The Coyotes are hoping that sports gambling revenue can save the franchise, since the ownership knows that business. But how does the franchise build an arena when it struggles to pay the rent on the one it plays in? That franchise has been a spectacular mess on the business side. Bettman keeps taking up the Phoenix market, but I think he knows that this story could end in Houston.
Mark could help any contender, albeit in more of a supporting role than a lead role. I imagine the bidding on him would get high if Seattle admits that it's done for the year. The talk of him going back to Calgary makes sense because that team is falling apart again.
I haven't much on Curbelo, other than he has been doing more work with the team. Offensively his ballhandling would be welcome if he didn't try too many high-risk plays. That would free up Trent Frazier to hunt more shots. Defensively, he will be challenged to get up to the team's current level. The Illinii have pushed their defense to midseason level and that has never been Curbelo's strength.
The Blues were already on a power play when the penalty occurred, so the goal only negated THAT power play. Had the Blues not scored, they would have had a two-man advantage with the second penalty -- plus another attacker if the goaltender stayed out. As it was, they got a second power play instead.
The NHL will play a variety of outdoor games, so anything is possible. The league prefers bigger venues, but it has made exceptions.
April 1 is a bigger date for sure for the reasons you mention, but owners are losing money right now while not selling season tickets or merchandise. The Cardinals typically have a large advance sale of single game tickets, but what will that look like in 2022 with the start of the season uncertain?
The Brett Hull trade was Caron's jewel. Calgary got veterans who helped that team win the Cup and the Blues got a player who helped build a downtown arena and keep the franchise going.
And, again, the lack of spring training could set back the plans to get Yepez and Gorman in that lineup.
I'd be surprised if the Cardinals spent big money on a DH rather than use that position to rest their corner infielders from time to time and rotate hitters into the mix based on matchups. Rather than add one DH, the Cardinals could look to add (internally or externally) some hitters with multi-positional fielding. If the analytics side has more pull as expected with Marmol, we could more of the lineup shuffling that the Rays and Giants used to maximize offense.