BLUES BECOME SELLERS
General Manager, Doug Armstrong has decided after a 6 game losing skid, that selling is the best option for the St. Louis Blues. The wait for the trade deadline is over, and all of the exciting prospects will be sticking around. The club looks forward to the future. As for the rest of the season, the Blues are going to be without center-iceman, Paul Stastny.
WINNIPEG ACQUIRES #26
Stastny’s 4th season with the Blues comes to an end as he has been traded to the Winnipeg Jets. Paul has 12 goals and 28 assists on the 2017-18 season. He has scored a total of 56 goals and tallied 119 assists for 175 points in 267 games with St. Louis. In his career, Stastny has scored 216 goals and registered 417 helpers for 633 points in 805 NHL games.
Paul is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, so there was the chance he’d walk. He’s essentially a rental for the Jets, and there’s no telling where he will end up. The veteran center-man waived his no-trade clause, and the St. Louis Blues agreed to pay half of his remaining salary for the 2017-18 season.
It’s obvious that Winnipeg is attempting to make a big run this post-season considering what they were willing to pay to rent Paul Stastny. There is no guarantee that he will play for their club for more than the remainder of this season, but Winnipeg believes that Paul will help their already stellar team reach another level.
WHAT DID ST. LOUIS RECEIVE?
Not only did the Blues free up some cap space, but they picked up some valuable assets as well. St. Louis received a 1st round draft pick in 2018, a 4th round pick in 2020, and an impressive prospect, Erik Foley. The 20-year-old forward was originally drafted 76th overall in the 3rd round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Winnipeg Jets.
Foley’s natural position is the left wing. He is 6’0″ and weighs in at 185 lbs. The Mansfield, Massachusetts native is a very responsible player. He currently plays for Providence College of the NCAA where he has three seasons under his belt. In 104 games played, Erik has scored 37 goals and registered 50 assists.
Now that the deadline has passed; I’m sure that the St. Louis Blues active roster will feel some relief. Everyone on the team was wondering where they could possibly end up, especially with the way they’ve been performing. It’s a pressure that was obviously weighing on them. Now that they’re a club set in stone, I expect them to focus and make the best of it.
The Blues surely lack depth up the middle. I expect St. Louis to have some troubles at center-ice. Paul Stastny, while being overpaid for his production level, was still a huge part of this team. This will obviously force Head Coach, Mike Yeo to put in some serious work in finding the right line combinations.
St. Louis has much to look forward to in the future. I think this trade was a very smart move, and I’m excited about what the Blues received in return. While it’s unfortunate that the Blues have sent that message that it’s just not their year, Doug Armstrong proved to be responsible and has put this organization in a great spot. Patience is a virtue.