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I totally agree. Marcell Ozuna turned into a two-year rental. While he was helpful to an offense lacking clout, Had re-upped with the Cardinals, stayed healthy and stayed out of trouble, perhaps this trade would be less terrible. But Sandy Alcantara has developed into a special talent -- one the Marlins locked into a team-friendly deal. He was an elite prospect when the Cardinals traded him, so this is no surprise. Zac Gallen was less of a sure thing when he was part of that trade, but he was considered a typically good pitching prospect the Cardinals have had success with. So, yeah, that left a mark.
Refereeing a game between a team with something to gain against a team that is playing out the string is difficult. Of course the Sharks are going to feel no love. That team is done for the season. Come playoff time, I don't think you will see the Blues or any other team getting cheap power plays on the sort of touch fouls you're referring to.
Moises Gomez might be a poor man's Adolis Garcia. He has hit for power in the minors, but his lack of plate discipline held him back. He has passed through Rule 5 drafts untouched and he signed as a minor league free agent after failing to progress with the Tampa Bay Rays. He's 23, so there is still time for him to figure out.
The team's current winning percentage projects to 103 victories.
Yes, the end of cross-checking as an acceptable defensive tactic in front of the net has made life tough for goaltenders. Defensemen can try to box out forwards and tie up their sticks, but they can end up screening their own goaltender in the process. So that has increased the urgency of defensemen to become shot blockers to break up plays before they get to the net front.
I feel your pain, but I do not see this trend reversing. The postseason is where the big dollars are the leagues want to create as much competition for those particular rights as possible.
I agree that throwing big money at Matthew Tkachuk does not fit the Doug Armstrong mode of operation. He likes having a lot of good players instead of a few huge contracts. Keeping most of these guys together under the salary cap will be tricky. Given the fact that Vladimir Tarasenko has a reasonable salary and year left on his contract, I would not be surprised if the Blues kept him to maintain the dynamic chemistry in place for another year. Worst-case scenario he would be a valuable one-year rental. Given how he clicks with his linemates, there would be value in that.
I'll go under. Gorman can be the lefty DH and also spell Tommy Edman. Dickerson could shift to the fourth outfield role with Lars Nootbaar going back to Memphis for regular at bats. Easy peasy!
Me, personally, would give Edmundo Sosa some opportunities to provide the sort of energy jolt he provided last season.
Show up for the game. Take the game seriously. Don't lapse into pond hockey. That's it. The Coyotes have won twice since March 15. They have lost 13 times in regulation time during that span and twice in overtime.
But this is a team with a huge goaltender problem. It lost a must-win game to the New Jersey Devils, who have been a mess this season. And the Avalanche have no weaknesses this season.
Yes. Colton Parayko is plus-28 in his last 34 games while matching up against elite forwards AND while playing with lesser partners. He has been the defensive bulwark for a team on a 14-game point streak. So, yes, he is worth every penny.
He had a couple of tough moments. The one time he pulled a Buchnevich by slowing down on the wing and looking for teammates when the obvious play was just to attack with speed. But he was not alone. There were plenty of bungled plays by other Blues forwards as they squandered lengthy offensive zone time and some impressive puck control. Clearly the team was not sharp. But, in this case, it did not have to be sharp to win.
As I noted earlier, Oliver Marmol needs to put those analytics to work and create better matchups from game to game, inning to inning. That is how the game is being managed now and that's how I thought Marmol would run this team. He has options and he needs to use them. Letting Paul Goldschmidt hit his way back on track is one thing, but hitting Albert Pujols against righties and sending Paul DeJong out there to make outs after all the outs he made in 2021 is another.