I don't believe the Chief held younger players back. He didn't play Kostin in the brief playoffs, but Klim didn't have much time to readjust to North America after playing in Russia. Kyrou got a a bigger role this year and Mikkola got some run. A for Thomas, he didn't do much to earn a bigger role.
Tony had a nice late-career NHL spin as a two-way player, adding some luster to his career after he spent significant time in the minors. And he's done well scouting. Good for him, because he is one of the all-time nice guys.
Sure, that is high on the list. He could easily because one of the NHL's top 10 defensemen if he put it all together.
Well, there was Brett Hull at the end of the Cup parade . . .
Parayko? Nope, I wouldn't do that. Top defensemen are too hard to find.
That was some comeback. A reliever hitting a grand slam . . . don't see that every day.
Only a moron would trade high-end talent for the oft-injured Tarasenko and his $7.5 million cap hit.
I believe you are developing an unhealthy fixation on this player.
He whined about no being named captain to Russian media. As for the beef over medical treatment, that sentiment was reportedly given to the Blues as one reason for his trade request.
We're doing the midterm grades next week, but he's trending in the B-plus range right now. He made a nice comeback from his shoulder woes.
If he went in the expansion draft, the Blues would get the $7.5 million in cap space plus the ability to keep a supporting cast play they would have otherwise lost. Is that such a bad trade?
A lot will happen between now and the season, including trades, free agency and the expansion draft. The team needs to add a proven defenseman one way or another this summer.
I'd be shocked to see the Cardinals make a trade that spent major long-term assets for this team this year.
Not much. Carlos Martinez was trending OK, but now he's wiped out. Maybe somebody wants Andrew Miller.
I expect them to have a competitive team, since ownership seems ready to spend to the cap. But the head coaching choice doesn't scream "instant winner."
I don't see how restacking that batting order would deliver dramatically different results.
Burleson intrigues me, because he hit in college, he hit at the advanced Class A level and he has hit at Double-A. That suggests that he can hit. Plummer's track record is limited, but he is finally gaining some traction.
In your lifetime, yes, Today? Looking doubful.