Blues in the trade market with Halak out?

The listless Blues fell to the Kings 4-1, extending their losing streak to five games. Never on Ken Hitchcock‘s watch has this team suffered such a dramatic downturn.

Now the Blues head out onto the road, starting Wednesday night at Detroit against the surging Red Wings.

Uh, oh!

This debacle left fans wondering if the general manager Doug Armstrong needs to so something. (Since he was in Toronto watching the Maple Leafs and Flyers play, the rumor mill started churning for real.)

No contender has more salary cap space to work with right now. Does Armstrong need to give the team’s chemistry a jolt?

Does he need to add a another veteran goaltender, since rookie Jake Allen has given little indication he is ready to carry a load?

Something has to give. Hitchcock’s message is falling on unresponsive ears. Suddenly the Blues aren’t willing to play the 200-foot game for more than a few minutes at a time.

Elliott survived the first period with just a 1-0 deficit. He didn’t have much of a chance on the LA goal, since noted finisher Jeff Carter skated to the net unchecked to convert an odd-man rush with a deft redirection.

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