ST. LOUIS Ken Hitchcock was quite the talker.
The St. Louis Blues coach met with reporters for an hour Friday morning during his team's youth hockey camp at the Blues' training facility in Hazelwood. There, he touched on a variety of topics that have been relevant this offseason.
Trades. New players. Goalkeepers.
Hitch addressed them all.
Perron for Paajarvi
Hitchcock spoke at length about his team trading wing David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi. Perron's time in St. Louis showed both promise and disappointment, but will likely always be tied to his battle with concussions.
"He and I had a good relationship, because I really respected the fact that he was coming back from a significant injury," Hitchcock said. "I understood the difficulty he was going through personally from coming back from that injury. I really felt like he was a guy that, when you had him on the ice, you were one step from scoring a goal all the time.
"The gamble that you take is that, for us...