It is well known that St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong has been scouting the Philadelphia Flyers for the past couple weeks as we reported some time ago. Recent reports have indicated that the Blues may have interest in Danny Briere, especially now given that Andy McDonald, Alex Steen, and Vladimir Tarasenko are all out of the lineup.
According to a recent article on Puck Daddy, “the St. Louis Blues seem like your prototypical “one player away” team.” The article goes on to include the following:
Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that both the Blues and the Boston Bruins have been sniffing around Briere as the Flyers’ ship sinks this season.
The 35-year-old has two years left on his deal, and his $6.5 million cap hit is elephantine; but in terms of real dollars, he’s only owed $5 million over the last two seasons.
Briere makes sense for a lot of reasons for a team like St. Louis – and even for the Flyers to be intrigued enough to move him. Currently, Briere isn’t the type of player who will get a team into the playoffs, but getting there isn’t likely the problem for the Blues. (They could use a boost up front, especially after Andy McDonald left practice Tuesday with an injury.)
While all of that seems reasonable enough to believe, the article goes on to say, “He claims the Flyers’ target could be defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk”. While Puck Daddy admits this is a deal that would get laughed at by GM Doug Armstrong, the thought that Philly could even propose such a thing is nonsense.
While the Blues could use someone like Briere, the thought of trading Kevin Shattenkirk is out of the question. Even if the Blues would consider trading for Briere, it appears that he does not want to leave Philly, and with a no movement clause in his contract he will have a lot of control over the situation.
If the Blues and Flyers are looking to swap players, it would take a lot more than Briere to get the Blues to let go of Shattenkirk, but any trade Armstrong makes will likely not include the young blueliner. While both teams seem ready to talk, it might be a while before anyone actually pulls the trigger.
Stay tuned for more updates on possible Blues’ trades.
LET’S GO BLUES!