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Wounded themselves in three areas crucial to playoff success goaltending
« เมื่อ: 13 มี.ค., 18, 14:42 »
Rob Ramage and Rick Wamsley of the Blues to the Calgary Flames for Brett Hull and Steve Bozek?

It sounded like another of those wild rumors  https://www.slbluesfans.com/jake-allen-jersey-c-3.html    that ricochet around North American hockey rinks as the trading deadline rears its ugly head. But this was no deformed rumor. It was a done deal. My gut reactions were on the snide side.
Doesn t Calgary general manager Cliff Fletcher have a conscience? After fleecing the Blues two years ago, the least he could do is give back Joey Mullen.

With Ramage gone, which defenseman will beat up on opposing hulks in front of the net? Gaston Gingras? Brian Benning? Robert Nordmark?

With an All Star goalie in Mike Vernon, why did Calgary extort Wamsley from the Blues? Given Wamsley s fat lifetime record against Calgary, this must be a case of if you can t beat him, have him join you.

What happens if Greg Millen https://www.slbluesfans.com/jake-walman-jersey-c-4.html , the Blues surviving goalie, gets hurt? The new puckstopper would be Darrell May, who was unwanted by the National Hockey League s 20 other teams in last fall s waiver draft.

Is Harry Ornest back in charge of the Blues piggy bank? The two players leaving St. Louis earn almost 450,000 combined and will make about 500,000 next season. The two arrivals make about 250,000.

Why go through the formality of a Stanley Cup joust? Just mail that goblet to the Saddledome. The offensively outrageous Flames just plugged their only pinhole leaks by getting a rugged defender and extra goalie.

When will the Blues learn not to tap into their veteran core for players sitting in the Saddledome press box? Two years ago , Mullen https://www.slbluesfans.com/jordan-binnington-jersey-c-2.html , a 40 goal scorer, went to Calgary for seldom used Gino Cavallini and Charlie Bourgeois, plus injury prone Eddy Beers presently teaching school in British Columbia . Now the Blues give up a four time All Star defenseman and an above average goalie for Hull, who was benched for 14 games and played sparingly in many others, and Bozek, who missed 42 games because of injuries and benchings.

Did the Blues lose their calendar? The playoffs start in a month. They just wounded themselves in three areas crucial to playoff success goaltending, defense and experience.

The last time Blues general manager Ron Caron dealt with Fletcher, on Feb. 1, 1986, money and short term production were the motives.
Ornest, peeved because Mullen s agent had wheedled an extra 25,000 out of the Blues after a summer long holdout, ordered that Mullen be exiled to Alberta. That giveaway was justified by the Blues need for healthy bodies for the playoffs.

This time, though, the short term was sold off for the long term.


With the 200,000 savings, the Blues give the impression correctly or otherwise that they are hedging their bets against not making Round 2 of the playoffs.

With the playoffs looming, it s hard to shake the feeling that the Blues gave up too much. Or, if you prefer, that they didn t get enough.

Bozek is Ron Flockhart with better checking skills. Bozek s only 30 goal season came as a rookie six years ago in Los Angeles, while skating with Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor.

Hull, the central character, may be an assembly line goal scorer. Then again, he may not. Fletcher thinks Hull will be, or at least wants the Blues to think so.

We could have made this deal 48 hours before we did, said Fletcher, but Brett Hull is so meone who could score 50 goals a year for a number of years. That was our concern. I m afraid that a couple of years down the road when Mullen is retired and Hakan Loob is back in Europe we may pick up the paper every day and see Hull scoring another goal.

Fletcher raved about Hull s charisma, which might help the Blues improve on their 8,600 season tickets.

But that backs the theory that the Blues are looking beyond the upcoming playoffs. That may well be, said Fletcher. That s your opinion.

Well, that s my opinion.

And my delayed gut feeling is that if Hull is what he s hyped to be, the deal was a steal for the Blues.

Ramage, one of my favorite athletes, is a pro s pro. There will be a huge hole in the corner of the dressing room where No. 5 pulled on the Bluenote. But the fact is, Ramage has slipped. A bum knee has hampered his skating. His scoring is limited chiefly to the power play. Hull, by the way, can play the right point.

Wamsley, another class act, was given every chance to be No. 1 here. He couldn t bypass Millen. May isn t a No. 1 goalie, but young Pat Jablonski now at Windsor of the Ontario Junior Hockey League may be.

If Hull is a bust, the deal is a disaster for St. Louis. If Hull quickly becomes the 40 goal sniper that Mullen was Carter Hutton Jersey , the Blues were right to jeopardize the playoffs.

The only thing certain at this point is Caron s summary of the day s festivities

I ve accepted more risk to grow more possibilities.


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Wounded themselves in three areas crucial to playoff success goaltending
« เมื่อ: 13 มี.ค., 18, 14:42 »

 
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