How much trust do you have in Ian Cole?
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07-30-2012, 01:43 PM
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Peekskill, NY
Originally Posted by
STL fan in IA
Pairings really only stay together at even strength so if you’re comfortable with Cole playing against the opposition’s best on the top pairing alongside Petro then you should probably select the 1st pairing option.
My whole point though is that I think the Blues should strive for much better than “just fine”. Why are you ok with “just fine” and/or why do you think that Cole will be a legit 1st pairing d-man by the playoffs?
Given that he’s always been projected as a future #3-4 d-man in his prime,
what makes you think that he’ll be at the level of a #2 d-man by the end of his first full regular season in the NHL? .
Where have the Blues projected Cole as a #3-4? That's all that really matters here - what the Blues think his ceiling is - not
from the outside.
There were no free agents LD that fit Armstrong's budget.
There doesn't appear to be a trade he's comfortable with.
Choices - 1) overpay a free agent; 2) get robbed in a trade; 3) go with what we have.
I'll take 3. That makes Cole the best candidate for the #1 pair.
If it doesn't work - and I think it will - then time for Plan B and make a trade in-season.
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