Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
The fans are eager for some football and that's great. There is not much buzz in the football biz about the team itself. I see where CBSSports.com ranked the B-Hawks coming into the season. But Year 1 will all be about getting getting into a stadium to see football again.
This team has been strangely terrible 5 on 3. The Blues fall into the same trap many teams do -- overpassing while working for the perfect play. On choppy ice that is difficult, even with big passing lanes open. I also marvel at how teams consistently have two guys positioned off to the sides along the goal line with no chance to score, leaving the penalty killers to defend 3 on 3. Why not shoot early and often and use your numbers advantage to screen and convert rebounds?
Rick Hummel or Derrick Goold would be the ones to ask about that. Gibson took on this fight like he did everything else and Brock's positive persona has been an inspiration.
The Blues have not been eager to take on the cost of owning an operating an AHL team. Trying to survive economically in the NHL is hard enough. Obviously the Blues' agreement with the Rampage did not prevent a franchise sale and termination of the contract. And you're right, Wolves ownership chased the Blues off and left that relationship on very bad terms. The Blues would love to see KC get an expansion team in the AHL and affiliate, but is somebody out there willing to spend the coin to make that happen?
John Carlson's epic offensive start put him on the Norris leaderboard, but Pietrangelo is well-respected as a stronger all-around D-man and his offensive surge will surely earn him some votes.
They were never going to take on $27 million for Betts as well as a giant chunk of Price's money. The Dodgers paid a low price to rent Betts because they were willing to run a payroll close to the tax threshold -- after ditching Pederson. Bill DeWitt Jr. made it clear that the Cardinals are going anywhere near that high.
Binnington has experienced an unsurprising return to earth. It was inevitable. This is another one of those tests early in a NHL career. He is mentally tough, so he should be OK. In the interim, Allen will definitely get some work. Berube wants to pace Binnington and also push him a bit.
I know little about the selection dynamics. BenFred made the case for him and you subtract the off-field stuff, he had a remarkable run here. But can you separate the off-field stuff?
This assumes the Rockies are willing to run a big payroll like the Dodgers are. If that were the case, why would Colorado trade Arenado? Also, taking some of David Price's money is a lot different than taking on Carpenter's money. Price can help a pitching staff if he is just halfway decent. Poor-hitting, poor-running, poor-fielding position players are a much lesser commodity.
I do think the Cubs will trade Bryant and there is a chance the club could take a step back for one year during this retooling. But a couple of years of Bryant should fetch a very nice trade package for the Small Bears.
On paper, this batting order impresses nobody. No let's see what happens on the field with the players in camp and with whatever changes are to come.
Different leagues have different preferences. If a consensus of NHL teams wanted the deadline moved up, the league would move it up. There are advantages to a late deadline. If you move it up and a contender suffers a big injury hit after it passes, that handcuffs the GM. Also, teams don;t have to wait until the deadline to make deals. And some of the deadline deals are just for add-on players for depth. As we saw with the Taylor Hall trade, a team seeking front-line talent can go get it early if it is willing to pay the price. If teams want to wait until the end for prices to come down, that's their call.
We all miss the Hazard Zone. His willingness to mock the BFIB when they stepped out of line set him apart. He loved to parry with angry fans. And sometimes he agreed with them.
Yes, I will watched the B-Hawks. As for power rankings, if's really hard to rank teams of made up of leftover players and coaches by men with varying degrees of experience. It will take a few weeks to get a handle on things.
I believe Cuonzo needs to find the best offensive mind he can work with on the staff next year. And he needs to find two confident, durable scorers through grad transfers the JUCO route. If he can do that, he can turn things around quickly. He has suffered more than his share of terrible breaks, but that only offers partial cover. His halfcourt offense is a disaster this season and this squad lacks high-major scoring talent.
That's just the reality with Matt. And he knows how bad he was last year. He knows he needs to hit well to have value.
I live here so I can't answer that. I will say the fact that two NFL teams left the STL makes it highly unlikely the league comes back. That would take a multi-billionaire using every bit of his or her financial clout to make it happen here.
The easy answer is, look at the outfield. The most proven player out there is Dexter Fowler, who might or might not be a replacement-level performer. Everybody else is a question mark.