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by Paul on 08/03/13 at 08:25 AM ET
from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
With training camp some six weeks away the Blues have their team, which suggests their biggest move was the one they didn’t make, the one most expected. His publicized quarrel with coach Ken Hitchcock notwithstanding, goaltender Jaroslav Halak is still here, as is veteran Brian Elliott, as is promising Jake Allen.
After Allen showed well in 15 rookie games last season, it seemed likely one of the veterans would go. But the goaltending market was a buyer’s paradise, one that did not lend itself to an impulse trade.
So, sorry Mr. Furley, it’s still Three’s Company where the Blues’ goal is concerned, although Allen appears headed to the American Hockey League for more prep work.
For a team that stepped back, eliminated in the first round of the postseason after going two rounds deep a year before, the summer winds were not especially strong. Or so it seems.
Beneath the surface, the Blues who will report for duty in mid-September are considerably different from the team that started play last January. Reason being, they made their biggest moves last spring, adding defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold.
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