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06-24-2004, 08:56 PM
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saskhab
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Garon is our only "tradeable" asset at this draft. Sunny's contract is too much, and he won't get a qualifying offer from us as a result (maybe Kilger-like situation from last year, gets 2 years at a less price). Why is Garon tradeable? We don't have to trade him, but if we improve the team in front of our goal for the long term as a result, then it's worth it. Face it. Theo is not losing the starting job to Garon. If you guys want to trade Theo over a somewhat sub-par playoffs, than would you trade Brodeur after this past year's playoffs? Most goalies don't preform at a top level in the playoffs until around 30. Look at Khabibulin, Belfour, etc. Brodeur and Roy were exceptions to the rule. Theo is way more accomplished at this point in his career than almost every goalie his age in the NHL.

As far as a backup, there will be over a dozen of capable NHL backups available as UFA's this summer. Again, this is not a reason TO move Garon, but a reason why it is plausible. We don't have to move him. But if the Blues give us a deal that improves us overall, than we can afford to move him. Simple as that.

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