St. Louis Blues looking to make changes
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.
If Berglund wasn’t in play, I thought they might be pitching Ty Rattie, who could hook up with old Portland Winterhawks Western Hockey League teammate Sven Baertschi in Calgary. But, again, the Leopold addition means Bouwmeester ($6.67 million for one more year) is going elsewhere.
Wild-card trade possibility for Bouwmeester: the L.A. Kings. They could have cap room if they don’t bring back Dustin Penner. No IF about it, Penner won’t be there next season.
Folks around the Bruins say Boston’s young American Hockey League goalie Niklas Svedberg is untouchable in a trade.
The Swede will be backing up Tuukka Rask next season with current No. 2 Anton Khudobin going to the Kontinental Hockey League. So, any spitball thought of the Edmonton Oilers getting Svedberg in a Ryan Whitney deal is kaput.
You have to presume that the same guys in the Iginla Calgary package that didn’t come to fruition are all still in play.
The list includes defenceman Matt Bartkowski and centre Alexander Khokhlachev, who was Nail Yakupov’s linemate on the Russian world junior team, winger Jordan Caron, who’s a third to fourth-liner, and perhaps Swedish centre Carl Soderberg, who’s second in Elitserien scoring but has never wanted to try the NHL.