January 1, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jeff Woywitka (6) plays the puck during practice a day before the NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Blues Miss Out on Suter, Carle


Over the Mid-week holiday, the Blues failed to even garner significant interest from either of the top free-agent defensemen, Ryan Suter or Matt Carle. As a minor consolation, however, the Blues picked up veteran defensemen Jeff Woywitka on a one-year, two-way contract. Woywitka, a 2003 first round draft pick, played played in 27 games for the New York Rangers last year registering 6 points.

Suter, the most highly coveted defensemen this offseason, joined forces with Zach Parise in Minnessota after signing a 13-year, 98-million dollar deal. Within hours, former Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Matt Carle signed a six-year contract worth roughly 33-million. This leaves the Blues with relatively few options left in free agency, the most significant of which being RFA Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. The Blues need to continue to get better on the blue line, and Weber would be the perfect physical presence next to Alex Pietrangelo. Even though the Preds will have the final say whether to match an offer sheet, the Blues should at least extend an offer to Weber, at least to drive up the price on Nashville.

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