Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dealin" Ron Caron Says He Can't Tango without Partner

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dealin" Ron Caron Says He Can't Tango without Partner

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With the trading deadline looming at 2 p.m. Monday, Blues general manager Ron Caron seemed ready and willing to make like Monty Hall and play "Let's Make A Deal."

But he had nobody to deal with.

"I'd love to do something," he said. "I'm sure the Cardinals would love to find a 30-game winner who makes less than $3 million, too. I'd like to do something, but we have no leads."

Not yet, anyway.

"I've talked to a lot of people," Caron said. "Everyone wants my guys, but they have very little to give. Not too many have what we want and when they have it, they keep it.

"I've done quite a bit of talking, but some teams are completely closed."

Caron will keep trying. He'll work the phones until the deadline.

He canceled a scouting trip, saying it would be a waste of time to be on the move with the deadline approaching.

"I'm not moving," Caron said. "If you're available, you might as well be available 100 percent of the time."

Caron didn't buy the theory that the Blues needed size and toughness. Players and coach Bob Berry have espoused that theory with some frequency in recent days.

"Size is meaningless," Caron said. "We're as big as Montreal, maybe bigger. They don't have tough players. Outside of Lyle Odelein, they have no one who fights.

"Just to get a big tough guy, per se, I won't do that. I could get a lot of guys just to fill a role, but there are some guys who can't play for us. For us to do that makes no sense.

"It's not a good idea to make a trade just make a trade. I'm not going to come up with two 35-year-old guys. That serves no purpose. I don't know if there's a magic player for us to acquire to get out of our slump."

Caron suggested that an attitude adjustment might be in order, that the Blues have enough talent.

"This is the best talent we've ever had," he said. "The mix is right if they want to do their jobs. . . . Hard work and the right type of work will do it, but they have to believe in themselves. We have a good blend. We just have to play the right way."

And that is . . .

"If you get a hold of the puck, you have to move it," he said. "We have to borrow a page from Montreal. Instead of chasing the guy with the puck, they allow the opposition to chase them. …

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