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06-17-2012, 09:36 PM
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I'd rather pick up a better all-around player than Jokinen. Scoring, alone, with relatively poor defence, and an intermittent (at best) and not-so-strong physical game, is not going to help The Blues. They need to add scoring, AND size, AND physical game, AND speed, AND puck control. I know that's a tall order. But, I don't want to see Subotka as the 3rd line centre and Nichol as the 4th.
Jokinen would probably have to play on the 2nd line (due to his weak defence), pushing Berglund to the 3rd line.
I'd rather see a 2-way centre picked up, even if he scores less than Jokinen (but significantly better on offence than Sobotka). But, really, I'd rather have them pick up a better scorer than Jokinen, who can also play decent defence, to play on the 2nd line, bumping Berglund down to Line 3.
I don't think there is such a guy like that on the free agent market. I don't think there is even a guy like that that is even semi-available for trade without giving up pieces that we can't afford to give up.
Even with Jokinen's downsides, I still think he represents a net gain over Arnott. Arnott is definitely the better character player (there is no doubt about that), but Jokinen is the better point producer and he is younger (thus less likely to have his production fall). Arnott, on the other hand, is getting slower and had a bit of a falling out with the organization in the off-season.
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