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07-10-2012, 11:22 AM
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He doesn't have to be a Vezina candidate in order for a trade for a 3d line center to have been a solid deal.

As for the defensive issues, the deal is that until Shattenkirk rounds out his game, the Blues have Pietrangelo and a bunch of second/third pairing defensemen. The Blues set a record last year for goals allowed for a combination of three reasons. First, for all his praise, Pietrangelo still had an underappreciated year. He was that special defensively. Second, the goalies really pushed each other and were stellar. Elliott set modern NHL records for save percentage and GAA. The Blues were strong defensively but the goalies made tons of timely clutch saves, especially early in games. Third, the Blues' forwards played a defensively responsible game to limit opponents' scoring chances. It all worked together. Going into next season we can count on the first and third of these, and can be optimistic about the goaltending situation if they can both stay healthy.

However, the Blues' weakest link last year was one Carlo Colaiacovo. Aside from Chris Stewart up front, he was the one player who you couldn't really count on to do his job, whether he was busy being gimped up and shortening the defensive bench during a game, or making a wobbly play resulting in a scoring chance against. He needs to be upgraded, just very simply. I have lots of confidence in Cole to be able to take up the slack, and I also have confidence in Doug Armstrong to closely monitor the situation and make the right deal during the season if this doesn't work out.

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