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01-18-2013, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueBeard View Post
Enough about Cole and onto Redden. Armstrong made two similar signings in the past with Sydor and Huskins who played decent enough for the roles they were given but also provided good leadership off the ice for the youngsters. If Redden can do the same as those two, then this is a another solid acquisition. Plus Hitchcock sounded pretty adamant that it is going to take a lot of players to get through this shortened season so I am all for getting our hands onto as much depth as we can.
Exactly! Redden can still play decently enough to be a solid fill-in on the 2nd shift, and also help on the Power Play. He can teach the young defencemen offensive skills and teach calmness and poise. Jackman is good with the stay-at-home game, but can't teach much in the way of offensive skills. I'd rather have Redden on the 3rd pairing, and, possibly moving up to the 2nd pairing if there are multiple injuries on defence, than have Woywitka, Chorney and Fairchild in the 4-5-6 spots. And this costs almost down to the league minimum. How can this be bad? If Redden is terrible, they can just cut him. This surely beats overpaying by bidding high on a #3-4 D-man that 5-6 teams all want and need badly. And, IF he plays a solid veteran, poised game, and contributes well, we may well find out that The Blues will be better off this way than giving up 1-3 roster players plus a top-level prospect and/or high draft choices for Bouwmeester.

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