Blues looking for a center
Dealing for true No. 1 centers is difficult in today’s NHL, and the elite guys almost never reach free agency.
Coach Ken Hitchcock worked around this issue the previous few seasons by deftly mixing and matching his versatile forwards. Then captain David Backes left via free agency after last season, Vladimir Sobotka remained exiled to Siberia, Lehtera continued his offensive fade and the problem got worse.