THE NHL TRADE DEADLINE IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
Lately, The Blues are proving to be inconsistent. What moves will be made depends much on how well the current roster can perform these next 4 games. The Blues will play Dallas, San Jose, Winnipeg, and Nashville before the deadline. We will find out a lot about the character of the current St. Louis Blues roster. In the meantime, I’ll explain why I’m so unsure of what to expect.
THE BLUES ARE SENDING MIXED SIGNALS
This club can really play for one another. After having watched 11 goals scored in just 2 games; I was convinced they’d found their mojo. Then what? They fall off the train and make sloppy mistakes in the game against Pittsburgh. Also, St. Louis showed so much potential in the 1st and 2nd period of the Nashville game, and just downright blew it in the 3rd.
Can you imagine what’s going through General Manager, Doug Armstrong’s head? Sometimes the Blues bring the fire, but then sometimes they don’t bring much at all. The team has 2 separate identities; One being a dangerous cup contender, and the other is an unmotivated mess.
HOFFMAN CAN RELIEVE THE STRESS
In 2016-17, Mike Hoffman had himself a career-high 61 point season. He scored 26 goals and registered 35 assists in 74 games played. The season prior, #68 for the Ottawa Senators scored his career high in goals (29). Hoffman has 15 goals and 23 helpers this season while playing on a club that has struggled and will certainly be selling.
Last year, in the playoffs, Hoffman scored 7 goals and tallied 7 assists in just 14 games for Ottawa. He’s a playmaker and a scorer that has proven himself under pressure. He’s one of those players that is going to produce no matter where he ends up. So, why not St. Louis?
The 28-year-old Kitchener, Ontario native was selected by Ottawa 130th overall in the 5th round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Hoffman is 6’0″ and 190 lbs. He’s a fast skater with an impressive shot and great offensive instincts. Mike’s contract isn’t expiring until after the 2019-20 season and his cap hit is 5,187,500. I’d personally love to see him partnered with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko.
I’m pretty sure that moves will be made, but who knows what Armstrong is thinking? We’ve seen flashes of brilliance that make you think St. Louis may have it all figured out. However, there are those lackluster performances that break the hearts of fans, too. St. Louis fans are too familiar with that feeling. Could it be time to make a run for it?
The fact of the matter is this. The St. Louis Blues can really compete for a Stanley Cup this year. It just depends on how bad the front office wants it. There are plenty of options but I won’t go into that right now. Hopefully, Mike Hoffman is on the top of the list. His name is quite popular here in St. Louis these days. He seems to be the one the people want. I’d sure like to have him here, too.