It can't be easy being Rob Manfred. Every time his cell phone rings he probably jumps.If one or two more teams go through what the Cardinals have experienced, this whole thing could implode.
Why take any risk for such a shortened season? The fact that players ended up in the ER, even for minor treatment, is a bit scary for folks like Willie who have some health concerns.
The Blue Jackets are a great story. They are just grinding away. The way they bounced back from their marathon loss is most impressive. All kidding aside about John Tortorella, he has done an amazing coaching job. Rod Brind'Amour has a dangerous team with Carolina. Aho and Svechnikov are legit stars. And like you say, Vegas is very strong. Robin Lehner was a fabulous pick-up. I didn't beleve they need protection for Marc-Andre Fleury but apparently they did.
This assumes the Cardinals can get runners to third base.
Over? Did you say over? I believe we could see a few more dust-ups. Maybe this settles down by next year.
I do hope that the powerhouse teams like the Dodgers and Yankees make it through the virus and reach the postseason in one piece. Franchises committed to winining deserve their shot. But overall I am willing to give baseball a few more weeks to see if it can make this mini-season work. I am holding out hope for an exciting tournament with an expanded playoff. We're getting that in the NHL and I'd love to see that in MLB.
I haven't seen any changes proposed for the 2021 draft order. As for the Blues, they missed their shot at the draft lottery by earning one of the eight byes in the NHL.
I didn't read those reports so I don't know how they were phrased or how definitive they were. If they were just citing the tweet of a former player who made that claim, then that wasn't much of report.
Open air? That's not optimal in this heat. Name on the side of the car? Also not idea. And there is no need for open air if the players drove alone.
Don't count on it. What's done is done.
Nobody has great answers when it comes to this virus.
His 10-year run was astounding. The man was a hitting machine. He didn't chase pitches and hit the ball to all fields. We witnessed once-in-a-lifetime talent here in the STL.
Doug Armstrong's approach of spreading the money and avoiding the giant contract was validated by the Cup. Brendan Shanahan let Kyle Dubas re-signn Nylander while promising not to trade him. And the play of John Tavares was also a mistake, since it left the Maple Leafs top-heavy in salary and unable to invest in meaningful defensive help.
That's a good point. Without the dynamic fourth line setting a physical tempo, the Blues could have a more difficiult time tilting the ice against the Canucks. Also, tje loss of Blais from the third line is big too.
That is something that will be made up on the fly, should several teams endure this sort of shutdown. But such a rule would make sense.
I imagine that was a joint decision. But that is a good question for Derrick or Rick.
Too heavy. Hazmat suits? Maybe.
The Blues did get into their forechecking game until things got away. I believe the Blues can break down that defense, but Sundqvist needs to get the physical side of his game going. Brouwer wants to bang around, but can he skate well enough at this point of his career? Can MacEachern seize his opportunity. He is willing, bit he has to actually do it.
I don't see a rush to judgment based on bubble hockey results. The group finished first overall in the Western Conference. There will be notable roster change due to the flat salary cap, but there is no fundamental problem with this team.