Blues Eyeing Another D-man?

If you pay attention to Blues GM Doug Armstrong it’s obvious he doesn’t like to sit back and watch. Every day this guy is trying to find ways to improve the St. Louis Blues and he’ll continue to do so leading up to the NHL trade deadline.

Sure everyone wants to get into the playoffs but for most NHL teams, their goals go beyond just reaching the post-season.

The ultimate goal is winning it all and every GM should be focused on putting together the most competitive roster their resources will allow. It takes a little more creativity to manage the Blues compared to some of the higher revenue teams in the league. Finding ways to improve your club can sometimes be easier said than done.

Making a coaching change may be the best trade a team a make. It certainly has become an easier and more affordable alternative to making a player trade.

Armstrong scouts other NHL teams as much as any GM out there. This is why people get all alarmed when he’s spotted watching Toronto play Boston or Pittsburgh battle Washington as he recently has. You just never know where he might pop up.

If you look around the NHL there are a few things the best teams tend to have in common. They’re deep up the middle and they have at least three legitimate, quality NHL D-men who can play in all situations.

Are the Blues equipped defensively to make a run?

Sure they have some players currently developing into top NHL D-men in Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk. Both players are relatively “green” though when you compare them to the top defenseman playing for San Jose, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and Vancouver.

6 Responses to Blues Eyeing Another D-man?

  1. frankinboltonleafs says:

    My favourite West Conf team…I'd have thought their biggest issue was scoring rather than D since they're 3rd best in GA but 3rd worst or so in GF…..or so. Is there a guy there that really can push 30 goals?…Backes aside. I'd say their issue is O rather than D.

  2. JoelLeafs says:

    I really though Oshie would have a breakout season this year and hit 30, but he's on pace for ~20. Maybe next year.

    St. Louis has plenty of cap space and only a handful of players signed past next season. I think they could seriously go either way in the next few season: boom or bust. I'm not very familiar with their management team, but if they're smart and make the right moves they could be in good shape. Or not…

  3. mojo19 says:

    Pietrangelo had 43 pts last year and only has 9 so far this year too. He needs to bring some offense from that back end. Especially for those of us who took him in our pools……

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    Heh, Oshie went undrafted in my pool. Picked him up for free. Although he has been okay, considering his PPG last year, I was expecting more. Hope you didn't grab Pets too high.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Nah, right near the end, but I was really hoping he'd take that next step up and put up 50-ish pts, or at least be in the 40-45 pt range from last year. Not the case so far.

  6. Boston_Bruins says:

    Same. They remind me of the Bruins in so many ways.

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