The extra action certainly didn't hurt Allen's trade value. But Binnington started showing signs of strain from the heavy workload he has carried since the middle of last season. That was the primary motivation for the "load management" of Binnington. As Berube kept saying, Jordan played a lot of hockey. Some games off, then the holiday break should put him in a good place for the second half.
Bowman has made a lot of big mistakes. As a result, the Blackhawks could waste the last good years of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Some of the moves he made were not avoidable, due to cap concerns, but he made too many unforced errors as well.
Harold Baines is in the Hall of Fame. So Molina will get in, if not by the WAR-obsessed writers then by the second-chance committee.
When a team struggles, the popular default position is that the team isn't tough enough. Fans insisted that subtracting this particular fourth-line player somehow tore the heart of the team away. Reaves is a great team guy, but, yes, fans overstated his value to the group. Had the Blues struggled this season, we would have heard the same thing about Pat Maroon.
Neither Allen nor MacEachern surprised me all that much. MacEachern showed well when he got a chance last season and Allen has had great stretches here. Jake feels way less pressure in his current role and that is helpful. I'd say Perron scoring at a point-per-game pace is the biggest surprise. He rose up when Tarasenko went down and did more than the others to offset that loss.
Stan Bowman has made stupid trades, but even he wouldn't go that far.
The luxury tax is sufficient, since franchises have made that a legit deterrent. What baseball needs is a salary floor that forces teams to spend money. There is too much shared MLB revenue to let teams get away with running tiny payrolls. That keeps players from getting their fair share of the revenue pile.
Gorman is the only player that might get Colorado's attention and he has yet to play past the advanced Class A level. Why would anybody trade for Matt Carpenter and even some of that contract? Maybe the Cardinals should just offer to come out to Denver and drive nails into the forehead of executives instead. That makes about as much sense.
Bob was a heck of a player. Maybe the Kevin Garnett of his era, without the acting chops. (Side note: Garnett killed it in "Uncut Gems" with Adam Sandler.) But the NBA has been gone for 55 years and wasn't that big of a deal when it was here -- at least compared to how big the NBA is today. Only a small percentage of current St. Louisans even realize that this city once had a NBA team. Admittedly, that small percentages seems to populate this chat.
Save after save after, then a lucky redirection goal. Save after save after save . . . . and Pietrangelo walks in at the end of the period. The Bruins are down 2-0 and fighting THAT SINKING FEELING in their dressing room while the Blues know they are 40 minutes from destiny. If the Bruins cut the lead to 2-1 in the second or third period, they had a great chance to win. But the Blues scored the game's third goal instead and that was that. What the whole game and you can just feel the momentum coming through the screen. Just a magical night.
If Carpenter hits like he did last season, it won't be long before Edman ends up on the hot corner. He filled the role last season down the stretch and he seemed poised to do it again if need be.
Every MLB front office has a massive amount of data on every player anywhere near the big leagues. In that data pile on Carpenter are hundreds of 2018 and 2019 at bats that simply we not remotely competitive. So, yes, trading him could provide tricky.
That's a good point. Both the Chief and Coach Q have basic but firm approaches. Both played the game a long time at the NHL level and both connect with the troops.They garner respect and, like you say, they don't play the Mike Babcock head games. They don't browbeat players like Ken Hitchcock. Backed by the right management they can last a long time because they don't have to put up with guys who can't play with the desired consistency and effort. Those players move on one way or another.
That $500,000 would have to buy Stan a new identity so he could avoid the permanent wrath of Blackhawks fans.
Tie for first: Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. Warner operated a complex offense expertly, made clutch plays in the biggest games and demonstrated tremendous toughness. Great quarterbacks are the rarest athletes in the NFL and Kurt was great. Faulk was not only a fabulous talent, but he was also tough as nails and his offensive acumen was almost unparalleled. He did the film work. He had tremendous instincts. He read defenses like a quarterback. He and Warner got on the same page play after play after play and you saw the results.
So you're saying the Rockies offered to just give the Cardinals Arenado in a salary dump? Interesting theory.
Nothing that happens in the NBA concerns me because St. Louis hasn't had a team since the 60s.
I agree across the board. Garnett performed impressively for an untrained actor. He really put work into this. Sandler was great in a departure role for him, but that was mostly a one-note character as written. I would have enjoyed a bit more complexity there -- and tighter editing. But overall the movie grabbed you and didn't let go.
It's a good sports town for it's size. Add the MLS and a Division I basketball team with a good midtown arena and that's about right for a market like this. We'll see if the XFL beats the odds, but this should be one of the better markets for that minor league. St. Louisans have supported every special event to come through here, such as the PGA Tournament and international soccer.