Always good to see the chatters banter back an forth. For the most part it's been pretty civil in here -- not like back in the days of the dreaded Rams Game Day Chats.
Teams are trading for rentals for the postseason. And the late trade deadline actually helps make the cap numbers work in trades. Teams have been free to make trades all along, but put hockey trades -- player for player, money in, money out -- are rare in-season. That stuff happens in the summer as teams reset rosters. And the rental deals mostly about the postseason.
MILB.com has streamed minor league games in the past. Not sure about the plans for this year.
Tom Stillman does have the sole discretion to set the playoff format for the entire league from year to year. So his ownership group can either go along with it or sell the team to a group willing to follow league directives. So it goes for individual teams.
Blues games ARE quite the live experience. But not cheap! Bucking up for the good seats leaves a mark.
Yes, but that is the big IF. Husso is calmer in net and more sound on some nights, but Binnington can make the crazy timely save AND he can play the puck aggressively. It's interesting to see a team have such different goaltenders, like Rinne and Saros back in the day with the Predators.
There are compromises waiting to be made on both the competitive balance tax and the pre-arbitration bonus pool. It's not like the players are sticking to demands that would radically alter the business. The owners have so much leeway in how they operate. Only a few teams would spend a lot more if the CBT was a lot higher and owners who do not want to spend can always slash payroll.
Good question. The MLB Players Association has been more focused on raising the ceiling to encourage high-end spending on free agents by a handful of big market teams. Demanding a hard salary floor would benefit more members. I wrote about that earlier this week while comparing the MLB CBA to the NHL's structure. I believe the owners have floated the floor idea, but only in tandem with a low ceiling and other restrictions.
The owners are letting Rob Manfred make all the incendiary comments and take all of the heat. But there are some terrible owners, like "Bottom Line Bob" Nutting of the Pirates. He has a beautiful ballpark and he's committed to running tiny payroll again this season.
Yeah, he rolled into the bargaining with his Porsche. That's not how it works with the pipefitters.
I'd go with Story. Schwarber can't field and I'm in the "rotate various position players as the DH" club. That approach would give Oli Marmol maximum roster flexibility for creating matchups. I like that idea rather than signing a one-dimensional slugger, especially given this stadium.
Adding a fourth well-paid defenseman would require subtracting a well-paid forward, or perhaps a couple of moderately-paid ones, for next season. Keeping Husso at a premium will add another stress point. But that investment on the blue line could give the team better balance. Toronto spent too much on its forwards and has paid a big price for that at playoff time.
No, it is NOT Logan Brown's forte. Kostin is physical enough, for sure, but he has to remember that the puck goes deep EVERY SINGLE TIME when the fourth line is on the ice. Playing Joshua on the wing could achieve that goal, since he does not appear to be directionally challenged.
I agree on the strike zone, which is why I have come around to like the robot umpire concept. And I agree that the regular season is too long. I could live with 140 games and a longer postseason. That would be a radical departure in a sport that clings to history and tradition, but as a practical matter it makes sense than 162 games.
The Chief has not changed, but the league has -- getting faster all the time -- and the Blues' roster has evolved. Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester, Edmundson, Steen, Maroon. Blais, MacEachern . . . there has been lots of change, including many blue collar-type guys leaving the mix. This team can play the same style, albeit with more speed and quickness and less banging around. The biggest difference is the loss of shutdown-caliber defensemen from that team.