Hi again, everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve been here on Bleedin’ Blue, but I couldn’t sit back and do nothing when I heard about the latest Blues blockbuster trade. I found out about this deal at about 1:30 a.m. tonight, so I got on here as soon as I could to let everyone know. The St. Louis Blues have traded defenseman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement, and a conditional first-round pick in 2011 or 2012 to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Chris Stewart, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and a conditional second-rounder in 2011 or 2012.
Needless to say, I was completely shocked when I heard this news. In fact, I almost didn’t believe it at first. But, since it appears to be true, let’s look at the deal. Many of you know that I’m also a huge Avs fan, and that fact made it all the more surreal.
So, what do I think about the deal? Honestly, I haven’t had much time to process, but I do know all of the players involved very well. As far as the new Blues go, Stewart is a strong kid who has a knack for scoring goals. From what I’ve heard, Stewart’s goal-scoring ability was the main reason the Blues pulled the trigger on this thing. He has been an absolute Blue-killer over the past few years, so it might be worth it just to not have to play against him anymore. Shattenkirk is a very exciting former first-round pick, and I think Blues fans are really going to like him. He has a ton of talent, and he has already gotten NHL experience this season. He participated in the All-Star weekend a few weeks ago as a member of the rookies, and I will enjoy watching him develop here in St. Louis.
It’s hard to grade trades immediately, but I could easily see this thing going either way for St. Louis. Johnson has been a bit of a disappointment thus far in his career, and if he never reaches his potential, this could turn out to be a steal for the Blues. Unfortunately, Johnson’s potential is off the charts, so if he does put it all together, the Blues might have just traded an organization-changing player. Only time will tell, but this is certainly a gamble.
Also, for those of you who haven’t heard, the team also traded Eric Brewer to the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier in the day in exchange for prospect Brock Beukeboom and a third-round pick. I really like this deal for St. Louis, and I really liked Beukeboom going into his draft. He is still pretty raw, but he is 6-foot-2, tough as nails, and he has some offensive ability. Add that to the pick, and this one was a home run for St. Louis.
Topics: All Star Weekend, Blockbuster, Brock Beukeboom, Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche, Defenseman, Eric Brewer, Erik Johnson, First Round Pick, Forward, Jay McClement, Kevin Shattenkirk, NHL, Second Round Pick, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Thid Round Pick, Trade