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01-01-2013, 06:09 PM
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Alklha
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Originally Posted by jessejames View Post
Sorry for the mangled intro.

I don't want to see the Blues part with Rattie, Jaskin, or Schwartz either. We don't know what we have in them yet (and may not know for several years).

Maybe I'm foreseeing problems that won't exist. Steen needs to succeed at center, if that's where he plays. Berglund needs to step up his game. Cole needs to find his comfort level in the NHL.

If Lehtera comes over next season and makes the transition to the NHL, the center spot could be a real team strength.

I certainly hope that MacDonald plays out his career in St. Louis -- either that or he fetches a windfall in prospects/picks via trade.
Whether McDonald ends his career in St. Louis will be up to him. If he is willing to take the drop in pay necessary to remain a Blue, then I'm sure we will be delighted to have him back. If he doesn't, then he'll be leaving as a free agent and we will get nothing in return.

I think we need to accept that Berglund is what he is, even if it isn't what we wanted him to become. He is still "only" 24 so he might still be able to take the next step, but I don't think there is any reason to be looking down on a 40-50 point centre who is very good defensively and can be relied upon.

We do have plenty of wingers, but our strength is our depth. Our lack of top offensive talent means that we need to have those 3 scoring lines in order to remain a top team in the NHL. I agree with bleedblue1223 that it is unlikely that we will see Stewart remain a Blue for long, even if he gets off to a good start when we get hockey back.

The real issue with our team right now is the make up of the defense. As much as I like the discount that Jackman took to stay here, his signing has put us in a bit of an awkward situation.

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