In addition to Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, who are elite young starters, the Cardinals developed 16-game winner Dakota Hudson, All-Star closer Ryan Helsley, Jake Flaherty (2.78 ERA in 2019) Jordan Hicks (14 saves, 3.14 ERA in 2019), Andre Pallante (3.17 ERA in 47 games last season), Jake Woodford (4-0, 2.23 ERA in 27 games last season and Zack Thompson (2.08 ERA in 22 games last season).
I don't see Gary Bettman taking my call.
Is there a cultural fit there? That seems unlikely.
If the Canucks trade Horvat because there is not enough money for him long term. I see them getting future assets back -- not another rental player, plus a high-paid defenseman who does what Quinn Hughes does.
If Jordan Walker has a great spring, nobody would be surprised if he broke camp with the team. He is a special talent. But he is also still very, very young.
Again, this is a logical thought. Kind of out of place in the chat.
The last two games offered some hope, but this team at some point will have to get better at the defensive detail of the game. It makes so many mistakes with the puck.
I have no insight on that. All we know so far is that Brad Thompson will work more games, which I applaud. With the Winter Warmup coming up and Spring Training not far behind, I'm guessing we'll learn more soon. The team will have a big say in the play-by-play guy if that individual will be as closely aligned to the team as Danny Mac was. Remember, Danny did a LOT of team events as part of his gig.
I'd say yes to Mikkola and Perunovich. Barbashev could be a salary cap casualty, depending on what happens with others and where his price goes. And Brown is running out of time, even though this team needs inexpensive players to fill out the roster.
I agree on the bullpen. The way the game is managed now, managers want to play the matchup game starting somewhere in the third turn of the order. That takes a toll.
The front office likes both players. Woodford got caught up in the roster crunch a few times -- called up for an injury replacement, returned to Memphis, stuck there waiting to be eligible for recall again . . . he should have gotten regular big league work before he did.
Brad Underwood might want to work the transfer portal even harder to get guys willing to be coached hard -- because the man coaches hard. This is the man who beams while recalling the Pizza Hut parking lot fistfights of his youth.
Sure, that's a concern, especially Schenn. He always puts himself in harm's way. But the season is on the line right now. There is no much choice for The Chief.
That would take Miami wanting to trade Alcantara, an elite asset locked into a contract. I have seen no indication that the Marlins are ready to do that. Anybody trading anything of significance to the Cardinals will want Jordan Walker. Prospect deniers claim he is overhyped, professional talent evaluators disagree. We'll see who is right during the next few years.
That information is readily available on line via multiple sources.
Berurbe can coach offensive-minded players. He did so when the team won the Stanley Cup. The failure of this team for much of this season is a collective decline in defensive commitment. Playing that style takes buy in from everybody and it's not been there from the whole group. That is the issue the coaching staff is faces -- and that's what it must resolve to head off more aggressive change than anybody expected back in October.
The team simply is not cohesive or committed defensively. Guys aren't making the right reads. They aren't working in sync. They aren't consistently smart with the puck. Sometimes they try to do too much, sometimes they are too passive. It's just all our of whack.
Fans were asking the team to chase all sorts of guys with injury histories -- Mitch Haniger and Michael Conforto come immediately to mind -- so I'm sure there would have been people spotting bounce-back potential for Tyler.
No, it's just better to have players who connect with each other and the coach. Mizzou has that this year, SLU and Illinois not so much.
OK, that's it for today. We'll see you next week. Have a great weekend!