Trade Deadline Looming

As we near the trade deadline we will start to get a better idea as to who is truly on the trade block. Usually this time of year we hear a ton of names but how many of them are actually in play is a different story.

Tuomo Ruutu is a name starting to circulate as the 28 year old is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The Carolina Hurricanes is one team identifying which players they want to move forward with versus the ones they’re willing to move on without.

It appears Ruutu will be moved and the St. Louis Blues are well aware. Here’s a guy that would fit in well with any team looking to add a little scoring and some grit for the playoffs.

I’ve said the Blues scoring issues can be addressed internally but it doesn’t mean the Blues won’t look to upgrade their roster if the opportunity presents itself.

It may take a player like Chris Stewart from the Blues to swing a deal for Ruutu or someone of this magnitude. Stewart is an interesting player to look at. He’s shown he can score with back to back 28 goal seasons but it’s no secret things haven’t gone his way this year. At minimum he’s due his $3.25 million salary at the end of the season. Will GM Doug Armstrong and the Blues be willing to part with Stewart knowing it could come back to bite them down the road? The other danger is holding on and waiting for a player to reach a certain level. The Blues publicly stated they expected 35 goals from Stewart this season and at the time it sounded very realistic.

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