Blues Sign Wade Redden (1 year, $800K)
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01-18-2013, 03:01 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2004
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Cole will be a solid NHL player in his career. Whether with the Blues or elsewhere, I just think he'll contribute, and eventually retire to a television set somewhere, because he's a sharp, articulate, funny guy.
To me, this puts Woyrika, Chorney and Fairchild down in Peoria. White is released. Redden becomes the Huskins of this year. It's a total freeroll – it's basically a minimum contract for a guy to get another chance. If it doesn't work out, they cobble together some minutes, possibly from Woyrika on a callup, while still looking to make that one d-man trade we all more or less expect from Armstrong.
Remember, the big issue was: did the Blues have enough NHL-capable d-bodies back there even if they hadn't found that missing top defensive piece? Now they probably can say yes to that, and if injuries/performance forces Armstrong's hand, so be it. However, he buys himself a little time. AND, it being a freeroll, maybe Redden surprises in a good way, and then the Blues are in good shape. Like the move.
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