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04-22-2012, 09:40 PM
Schwartz Be With You
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There is probably no substance to these "Hitch can't coach Russian" rumors, but it still worries me. The only real evidence to this rumor seems to be Filatov, who wouldn't have succeeded in the NHL with any coach in my opinion. The only other situation that seems relevant is the trading of Nikitin almost immediately following his hiring. Nikitin had a fantastic season for the Jackets, and while he struggled for the Blues in the beginning, I think he would've been just as good given the chance. I love Hitch, and I'm sure these rumors are nonsense, but I'm still worried because Tarasenko is probably the most promising Blues forward prospect in the last 30 years. I don't think that's a stretch.

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