Bobo's here. Looks like we have some ballplayers.
That's a pretty good list. But the Rams were so bad during their final days here that I might ditch Donald -- who could not be blocked, even on an otherwise bad defense -- and add Pietrangelo.
Bill DeWitt Jr. made it pretty clear that the feedback he gets from fans -- from ticket renewals, sponsorship deals and such -- has been pretty positive as after last season's playoff push.
In the longer haul, there may not be money for Dunn as he gets into his higher earning years. And, yes, moving Dunn could have made sense in a deal for Hall. But for the middling forwards you mention, that would make way less since. The Blues have a surplus of guys like Vesey, Toffoli and Sheary as it is -- even with Tarasenko and Blais shelved.
The modest seating capacity at most MLS stadiums -- including this one -- tell you what the projections are. In 20 years, maybe there will be a need for a bigger soccer stadium here. But first things first. Let's see if this team can prosper past the novelty stage. I bet it will, thanks to good ownership, but this is still a fledgling league in many regards.
Bob was a great player, but if you put up a statue of him somewhere in town it would mostly puzzle people. Albert should get a statue outside of Busch someday . . . and that's about all I can think of.
Sure that's realistic. The Blues have earned points in 30 of 38 games this season and they are healthier than they have been in a while. Jordan Binnington had a chance to reset. This team should be good to go.
Find an owner willing to invest $1 billion in basketball and St. Louis can get a NBA team. It's not like the mayor can get on the phone to the commissioner and ask for one.
Bob wouldn't even get a plaque on the scenic overlook of the St. Louis Mount Rushmore. Come on man.
Barring the return of Marcell Ozuna, I'm guessing we will see a rotating cast of hitters behind Paul Goldschmidt. The batting order could remain more fluid than usual. So many candidates, so little certainty. And as we always note, the roster is not frozen at the end of spring training. The cast could change on the fly next season.
The NFL will not return. Neither will the NBA. And yet these topics will come up every week anyway.
The Blues have no real idea if Tarasenko will return for the playoffs. Management might not know at the trade deadline either. So, yes, this does make adding talent trickier because of the potential salary cap complication. A team trading a rental here would have to keep salary to make a deal work. That would have been the case if New Jersey traded Hall here. I believe Armstrong will take a look at legit Top 6 wingers who are on the market, but he already has a surplus of Bottom 6 guys with some ability to fill in on a scoring line. I believe Armstrong would add a good player, regardless of 91's status, if the opportunity was right. He's going for it this year.
The one forward all contenders will check in on is Chris Kreider of the Rangers. He is a legit Top 6 guy who can score tough goals. The Rangers are in full rebuild mode and I'm guessing they'll opt to add more long-term assets over re-upping Kreider at a premium.
The Jets haven't been great lately and their schedule takes a nasty turn. I could see Colorado going on a long tear if Philipp Grubauer gets hot and gives the 'Lanche a 1-2 punch in goal. Getting defenseman Cale Makar and Erik Johnson back will be huge for those guys.
I'll go with your three, with Schenn coming in fourth.
The Blues knew he could check. And there is always hope that a young European forward will develop his scoring side. And Sundqvist did have a strong offensive season in Year 2 in the AHL, which is why the Blues refused to expose him to waivers when he was mired in his offensive slump here. But Oskar pleasantly exceeded expectations with his physical play and his increased speed.
I do not vote in the Hall of Fame so I haven't given that much thought. As I noted in earlier chats, I believe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens need to be the in Hall. If they aren't, then it's not a Hall of Fame. It's just not. Rather than go back and cleanse the Hall of all the guys who abused amphetamines, painkillers and cortisone in the 60s and 70s to match the disdain for steroids, baseball should concede that all great players should be in the Hall. Period.
Teams generally do carry some salary insurance but, like you say, there is no impact on the salary cap.
Oh, it ranks up there. Game 7, on the road, under fire from the Bruins throughout the first period . . . that was something. The Bruins only had a few great chances after that, but Binnington bought the Blues time to steady themselves in the decisive game.