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[NAS/STL] Jani Lajunen for Scott Ford
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02-19-2013, 02:54 PM
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Still it doesn't make much sense for St.Louis/Peoria.
They traded their farm captain (Ford that is) for a guy who has 5 points this season.
I understand that Lajunen adds depth to their roster but that's not something they need. They already have Della Rovere down in the ECHL.
Plus, why would they want Bouvet-Morrisette? He has 2 points in 20 games in the ECHL.
At least the acquisition of Hetenyi could have a purpose. It gives them a goaltender that they can easily call up to the AHL, in case one of their goaltenders (NHL or AHL) gets injured.
Anyway, it's obviously not a big deal. Neither team really lost, but it's still a strange deal.
I think there are a couple of reasons the Blues made the trade. First, the Blues are going to be even younger next year in the AHL - with Jaskins, Rattie, and a few other from the CHL. More additions on the wing, but NO centers. A lack of complete depth there.
Also, the organization would like to bring over two dmen from Finland. Adding a native Fin who has been in the US will help with the transition.
Finally, I think many organizations will do right by their players. Ford spent a lot of time w/ the Admirals, and since there was no chance he would make the Blues, St. Louis may have returned him to his home team. Something about having roots in a city.
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