On the St. Louis Blues …
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues have three games before the NHL trade deadline. Last month Blues GM Doug Armstrong said their championship window might be a year or two away, and that they were going to protect their “good young pieces.”
Armstrong thinks they are a top-ten team, but not a leading contender.
The Blues don’t want to go all-in on a rental, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look to add one for the right price.
Would the Blues trade any of Tage Thompson, Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou or Klim Kostin in a deal for a rental?
The Blues don’t have a lot of salary cap space, just under $340,000 according to Cap Friendly.
The Philadelphia Flyers hold the Blues first-round pick this year.
The Blues have over $14 million in cap space for next year, so it may be better for the Blues to make a big move in the offseason as opposed to the deadline.
On the Montreal Canadiens …
“Montreal can’t just trade Pacioretty for some magic beans, a couple of drafts picks and some kid that may or may not be a player. If they’re trading Pacioretty, they have to get themselves a sure-fire guy that can play in the National Hockey League in the relative near future and preferably at the centre-ice position, otherwise it’s hard to justify trading the only guy on your team that’s a consistent threat to score goals,” McKenzie told TSN Radio 1200 Ottawa.