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08-21-2012, 07:29 PM
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If I thought that Timonen would: 1) continue playing hockey for a few more years at a reasonable level, 2) be willing to re-sign with the Blues, and 3) be willing to re-sign at a rate that fit into the Blues salary structure...I would probably do it. Without those assurances, probably not.

The Blues are set up to be legitimate contenders for years. There's no need to move off potential long-term (and cheap) contributors for one-year stopgaps only to revisit the same problems next year with even fewer assets and options around to help fill the gaps. I have no problem with moving Cole for a LHD legitimately capable of playing the first pairing, but that guy should ideally be under contract (or under team control) for at least 3 years at a semi-reasonable cost. I would rather add significantly to Cole to get that guy than ship off Cole straight up for only one year of whoever.

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