Blues moving forward in trade talks

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has acknowledged being involved in trade talks recently and now those discussions could be leading to a deal soon.

The Blues have prioritized adding a top-four defenseman this offseason, and after failing to land one in free agency, the trade route may be the club’s only option. But while that search continues, Armstrong might have found a veteran forward to add to the mix.

Dallas captain Brenden Morrow is believed to be available and the Blues may have interest. They might not be the only team asking about Morrow, as the New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings may also be in contact with the Stars.

Morrow, 33, has perhaps seen his time pass in Dallas. The Stars have undergone much change in the past few weeks, signing free-agents Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney and acquiring Derek Roy via trade. The club even dealt Mike Ribeiro, with whom Morrow has shared on-ice chemistry in the past. The moves have seemingly pushed Morrow out of the top-six forwards.

Morrow plays left wing, and the Blues have three left wingers on their roster in David Perron, Andy McDonald and Alex Steen. They also have Matt D’Agostini and Jaden Schwartz, but Blues coach Ken Hitchcock prefers D’Agostini on the right side and Schwartz isn’t a guarantee to make the opening-night roster. Steen could see time at center, which could leave a spot open on the left side.

Morrow is coming off an injury-riddled season. He played in just 57 games because of neck and back issues, posting 11 goals and 26 points. He played the final 14 games of the 2011-12 regular season, wrapping up against the Blues on April 7. He did not opt for surgery this offseason, instead using rest and rehab to ease the pain.

6 Responses to Blues moving forward in trade talks

  1. mojo19 says:

    Brendan Morrow would be a great fit in St.Louis, he would thrive being reunited with Hitchcock, and he would fit in with that team.

    I think the Blues are looking for a quality defenceman to fill out the roster too.

    They could consider UFA’s Rozsival or Kubina, I think both those guys are still capable of contributing in a top-4 role, and could probably both be had on shorter term deals.

    If they wanna trade for a top-4 defenceman, they might wanna consider HJalmersson, although Chicago might not make such a move within the division. Other options could be Yandle if he’s still available at all, that would be the dream for them, Dan Boyle has been rumoured to be available as well, not sure what the Sharks would want, but he’d be sweet with Petro on the PP.

    • reinjosh says:

      There are rumors that keep persisting that Bouwmeester is a target for St Louis. He’d fit the need they have for a top line left handed dman. Plus with the new owner they could afford the contract.

      • nordiques100 says:

        Is it me or would it not be a complete waste by the flames to trade j-Bo now?

        I mean agree all that spending, all the moves to win now, why bother moving arguably your best dman?

        They may want to try and improve the d, nit make it weaker.

        Wait til the deadline. That’s calgary’s best ploy

        • ZillyHoo says:

          Unless Calgary finishes in the bottom five for the next two years, I see a very very bad future for them in a division that has the potential to become the best in the west…

        • reinjosh says:

          It’s a toss up for me. I see the potential to get some decent assets for him, assets that would help the team long term and be better in the long run (likely) but I also see reasons to keep Bouwmeester.

          • Steven_Leafs0 says:

            you pretty much have to keep him now. Calgary is going with a win now strategy (which isn’t a bad one) but by doing so you cannot trade your top guys for depth youth and picks.

            Unless it is something dumb like Bouwmesteer for Stastny or Heatley or something why both shop him?

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