Category Archives: St. Louis Blues
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes … Blues consider options to add top-end center
— Nicholas Hand (@Nick_Hand) June 7, 2014
Ryan Miller was just the perfect fit for the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline — few people would argue that. The question is will he be the perfect fit past this season?
The Blues certainly hope so. They’ve already made it clear to Miller and his agent, Mike Liut, that they intend to aggressively try to re-sign the goalie after the season, hoping the former Vezina Trophy winner will stay on board.
Nothing much went down on the trade deadline before the roster freeze.
Part of it was economics, since the players are due a paycheck during the Olympic break. Part of it was concern about injuries that could occur during the competition in Sochi.
That was tough luck for Halak, but we’ve seen that before. Games turn quickly when pucks find their way into the net.
“All of a sudden it evaporates,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock acknowledged during his postgame news conference. “Jaro had a tough night.”
Halak could have made amends in the shootout, but he didn’t. A big point got away from the Blues in startling fashion.
Western Conf teams suggest the Rangers are gathering intel on Chris Stewart. Callahan for Stewart would be a sweet deal for the Blues.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 31, 2014
Goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have a combined .833 save percentage in those games, with Halak pulled twice and Elliott once. Halak has been pulled four times this season, overall. The Blues have a great team, but they need a true starting goalie. They won’t give up their best prospect, forward Dmitrij Jaskin, but I can see them moving former Oiler Magnus Paajarvi and their first-rounder, plus Halak would be in play.
Miller, 33, is in the final year of a five-year, $31.3 million contract with Buffalo, which may be inclined to move the netminder, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Blues are believed to be one of the teams that inquired about Miller last offseason, but it appears that that ship has sailed.
The Sharks will be buying out lukewarm winger Martin Havlat after this season. They likely would have done so this summer, but he had hip surgery and you can’t buy out injured players. Havlat was a healthy scratch Friday against the Oilers.
At this time last week, no doubt everyone thought Edmonton was going to make a goalie move. The Oilers didn’t for two reasons. First, they just didn’t believe what they could get would really solve their problems long-term.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) October 13, 2013
Flyers say they REMAIN in the mix for Halak via trade route …
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) July 4, 2013
Flyers were involved in trade talks prior to offer sheeting Shea Weber. I think things could heat up with St. Louis this summer.
— Dustin Leed (@D_LEED) June 4, 2013
The St. Louis Blues haven’t been overjoyed with Swedish centre Patrik Berglund or winger David Perron this season, but they might not investigate trading either player until the summer.
They could move Alexander Steen or rookie Jaden Schwartz to centre for Berglund, who’s a restricted free agent July 1.
I thought Berglund might go for Calgary Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, but if the Blues just got Jordan Leopold from the Buffalo Sabres for two draft picks (they plan on seeing how he’ll look with Kevin Shattenkirk, rather than Wade Redden), that likely means they’re out of the Bouwmeester sweepstakes.
Two scouts told me tonight that Jaroslav Halak was on the block, so I asked Doug Armstrong. His answer: “He’s not going anywhere.”
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) March 21, 2013
Speaking of the Blues, sources around the league say GM Doug Armstrong is on the lookout for a left-handed, top-four type blueliner, a guy who can play with either Alex Pietrangelo or Kevin Shattenkirk on either of the top two pairings.
There’s some talk of Colorado maybe looking to move center Paul Stastny. Reports suggest he could be expendable with the addition of Ryan O’Reilly.
We’ve asked this question for several years, how would Stastny look in St. Louis?
Obviously he comes with a contract that pays him $6.6 million for one more season. That’s a lot for a budget team like the Blues and obviously some dollars would need to be shipped out to make room for this type of contract.
Perhaps one way to solve new problems is with old answers, literally and figuratively.
With Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Steen and Andy McDonald out of the lineup with injuries, with veteran leader Jamie Langenbrunner out for the season — and with just 27 games remaining in the regular season — the Blues are considering bringing back center Jason Arnott.