Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/13/11 at 02:09 PM ET
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
JR: Congratulations on your contract. What was that process like for you?
TJO: “It was tough. The first time for me. I was kind of just sitting back, trying to take it all in ... take it slow. It came down to the wire (before the start of restricted free agency). They threw out a number that we were really comfortable with and felt like it was best for both sides.”
JR: Some Blues fans were hoping that you would signing a long-term deal. Why only one year?
TJO: “It’s a chance for me to prove that I can go away for a summer, have a good summer on my own, working out and training. I was doing all of (Blues strength coach Nelson Ayotte’s) stuff, but I just wanted to prove to them after everything that happened (an unexcused absence at practice, leading to a two-game suspension), that I’ve matured and have grown up. I’m just ready to step in and hopefully play as good as I can for that big contract next year.”
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