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07-23-2012, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Crumblin Erb Brooks View Post
Colaiacavo was partnered with Petro for the majority of the season (at least when he played), but was 4/5 on defense in ice time. And Cole wont be getting the PP time Cola did, although he will likely get more PK time. If Cole and Petro play well together, you can still shelter Cole's ice time. Will he probably be facing better players if he plays with Petro? Probably, but if he played with Jackman or Polak, he would also likely be facing 2nd/3rd lines, and he wouldnt be playing with one of the best defenders in the league.

And come on, we won the division with Carlo in this spot last season, the bar isnt exactly set high.
I disagree but besides that, the Blues seem to disagree too as they've already hinted to JR that if they go with what they have Shatty will be paired with Petro. JR has also indicated that the Blues feel they have a big hole at D and will continue to try to trade for a legit solution.

Regarding the Blues winning the Central with Cola (with a some help from the hockey Gods IMO as Datsyuk, Lidstrom and Howard all went down at the same time), shouldn't the Blues strive for better than that? Where the lack of a true legit partner will really stick out like a sore thumb is in a 7 game series. They can probably get by in the regular season with the current D but does anyone actually think the Blues will be legit Cup contenders with a D of Petro, Shatty, Jacks, Polak, Russell, Cole & Woywitka??

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