The rising salary cap could help the Blues keep either Ryan O'Reilly or Vladimir Tarasenko (if he would even listen) beyond this season. But if this team doesn't snap out of it soon, Armstrong will be start thinking about how to use that cap space to add to his retool.
Yeah, there is not a lot of sunshine around here today.
Good luck finding anybody on the roster that can hold his head high right now. Thomas and Kyrou got that money for the future. Yes, they must do their part now -- but the guys making the big coin in 2022-23 need to be the ones leading the charge out of this funk.
Barring a big turnaround sooner than later, this season could quickly become about next season and beyond. Armstrong doesn't have to do the tank-and-rebuild thing because he has rebuilding blocks, but this team needs to add quantity and quality to the team's pipeline. Other than maybe Bolduc, there is not high-ceiling potential in the system.
But . . . the Blues are not just losing, they are imploding game after game. Pulling out a losing streak is one thing, but reversing an implosion streak is much harder.
Oh my, Russo. I have a million stories of working with him, but most of them are inappropriate. In his heyday he was an excellent sportswriter. But he also lived large and sometimes that complicated things. He was a great guy, funnier than almost anybody and perhaps the last of the great old newspaper characters to work at the Post-Dispatch. In his later years he sold novelties out of his desk (NR Products), theatrically complained about his significant other (War Department) and did newsroom standup comedy routines when things got slow. I can only imagine what his trips to Vegas with P-D co-workers were like.
The Blues aren't going to sell off all of their talent hoping to finish dead last to improve their lottery odds.
Yes, he does. But those LA schools are out the door. The Big Ten money talked. The Big 12 hopes to land Gonzaga with its big media money. I would stay put if I'm running Gonzaga because I'm always going to the NCAA Tourney as is and I can schedule big non-conference games. But how about the Big 12, back from the grave! Suddenly it has to look attractive to fans of programs, like the ones you mentioned, that are in a tough spot in their current leagues.
I would not be shocked to see the Guardians trade Shane this winter because they could fetch a huge price. Since Bieber lost some velocity this season, that could be the signal to sell before his value lessens. But I assume the Cardinals have Jordan Walker, Masyn Winn and Tink Hence unavailable for trade, so I'm not sure they could meet that price. Bieber is two years removed from free agency and teams will pay a premium for that control.
Yes, Pablo would be a good fit. He got scuffed up a bit during a second-half stretch last season, but could be a good cultural fit here and a good fit for this ballpark. And I agree with you on Rodon.
With the Angels heading toward an ownership change, I'm not sure how strongly Pujols feels about a future working with the next group.
Yes, I expect movement. I believe the team will be most aggressive looking for a catcher, since that's their top need and they can't afford to wait out the market. But they can't dictate the pace of the market, they can only react to it. In free agency, for instance, Scott Boras is willing to bring things to a screeching half while waiting and waiting and waiting for top offers for his key guys,
Given what the team has to work with it, 1) I would expect the Blues to avoid hitting rock bottom at any point and 2) I would think three years beyond this one should be sufficient time to at least become playoff-worthy.
Yes. The industry trended that way decades ago. The role of columnist became the "face of franchise" position.
He came close to making the team out of camp. Alexandrov figures to get some looks this year. But with the addition of Pitlick, the Blues have an ample supply of bottom-six players, so he has to fight through some crowding there.