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07-23-2012, 12:21 PM
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Colaiacovo was overmatched on the top pairing at the end of the season. A better partner (better first pass and more capable physically on the defensive end) would allow Pietro to become even more involved at the offensive zone.

Russell was a nice surprise, and one of the Blues best players in the LA series. But the reason he did well is that he was getting more protected ice time. Russell is a good fit on the 3rd pairing. But he's physically overmatched against the other team's top lines. Hitchcock never used him in that capacity. But to imagine that his 3rd pairing performance would somehow translate into a top pairing partner for Pietro is a giant stretch. Colaicovo's return would be a better option, and I don't think that would be a great option. Having said that, they (Cola/Pietro) were still a very effective pairing most of the season. But to take the next step forward to being an elite contender, the Blues need to upgrade that position.
^ gets it.

well said.

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