St. Louis Blues Trade Deadline Drama

| February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Trade deadlines in every sport is the most exciting and insane time of year. Trades are intoxicating. We love discussing trades, the idea of being buyers, and when it’s time to fold up shop and become sellers.

Being a St. Louis Blues fan right now is particularly fun because the Blues are in trade deadline purgatory. Some media outlets say the Blues should be sellers while others believe this is a sound playoff team that can make a run if they catch fire?

Is there a wrong answer?

The Blues are in a fantastic predicament, so lets break it down.

Kevin Shattenkirk Saga

It’s taking every ounce of energy to not bash Doug Armstrong on his handling of the situation. The minute I put him on blast and he will make a trade that completely make’s us look like an ass.

The Blues have to trade Shattenkirk if he’s not coming back in 2017-18. I completely understood the reasoning for holding on to Troy Brouwer and David Backes last season but this is a completely different team. This is not a cup contender with Shattenkirk, hell the general manager basically came out at the Hitchcock firing press conference and said that this was a transition season. Shitty contract extensions already have handcuffed the Blues. Keeping your best trade piece in the past decade could set this franchise back a few years.

With glaring weaknesses at right wing, center, and left defense. Armstrong should be more focused on solidifying one or more of the mentioned positions than trying to line up Tom Stillman’s bank account with 2 extra playoff games.

That being said, the Blues have the easiest remaining schedule in the Western Conferenceat 44% winning percentage. Even with the loss of Shattenkirk, the Blues should be able to make the playoffs playing that shitty of a schedule.

Regardless of how this story ends, you have to really tip your cap to Shattenkirk. Have you ever seen a situation like this where a professional athlete has maintained his professionalism on the ice and in the media. The game is still played by humans and it has to be frustrating as fuck to hear the rumors everyday and have your club coming up to you with sign and trade proposals.

Shattenkirk is 100% professional and St. Louis is going to lose a good one when he’s dealt.

Patrik Berglund Extension

First, I want to congratulate Berglund. He earned it and most likely took a pay cut for the stability and wanting to stay in St. Louis. Wish another potential UFA last year would’ve had the same mindset.

What the hell are the Blues doing? Berglund is and should be a 3rd line center. Only issue is that they already have one that should be there in Jori #TheScholarship Lehtera and Ivan Barbashev that could fill that role today.

5% Armstrong loves building a roster of bottom 6 forwards and I look forward to this contract screwing the team in some capacity by 2019.

Sellers

A lot of honking for the Blues to be sellers. My question for those would be who do the Blues have that would be worth selling? Carl Gunnarsson would be the biggest name that comes to mind as there seems to be a market for shitty left defensemen. (see Hainsey, Ron).

We all want Lehtera gone, but can anyone see a team wanting him? Sure you could try to trade away Paajarvi, Upshall, Jaskin, and Yakupov but I don’t see anything more than a 5th round pick coming back. The playoffs are the goal for this club so trading all of it’s NHL depth is basically Xbox GM talk.

Predictions

Time to have some fun and make fun of myself later on Thursday

  • Kevin Shattenkirk will get dealt on Wednesday to Toronto for Tyler Bozak, Andrew Nielsen, and a 1st round pick
  • Blues social media will go bat shit at some point Wednesday
  • Carl Gunnarsson gets traded to the Montreal Canadiens for 2nd round pick
  • It will be leaked that Jay Bouwmeester was asked to waive his NTC and everyone is pissed it didn’t materialize into anything
  • Vladimir Sobotka’s rights will be traded with Jaskin to Arizona for Radim Vrbata

Armstrong should fight every urge to keep Shattenkirk and make the best deal for the franchise long term. The fan base has already accepted that this is not a cup winning team and butchering the trade deadline could cause more financial ramification’s than missing the playoffs.

Sometimes it’s the subtle deals that can spark a team. (Scott Mellanby in 2001) Here’s hoping Armstrong makes the necessary move (Shattenkirk) and surprises us with a few smaller moves to improve this season.

Thanks everyone and enjoy the next 72 hours!

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