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01-27-2013, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by TheOrganist View Post
Looks like my first instincts were right about the Cole/Redden dynamic.

The bottom line is that veteran coaches like veteran players at important positions who have been through the grind of many playoffs. Just like LaRussa, who a previous poster mentioned.

And blueman makes a good point that they shortened season coupled with the Blues being a contender simply heightens the intensity of this season.

But I still think everyone in the hierarchy of hockey ops has to be disappointed that Cole still cannot grab a regular role and be just a solid contributor, much less a top 4 force.
He WILL play a decent number of games due to injuries and need to rest Redden and Jackman. He HAS improved his game some over last season. He's still young for a defenceman. I'm not worried about him failing to become a "Top 4 D-man". He will be at that level of ability and play by the end of this season.

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