NHL Deadline Looming; Last Minute St. Louis Blues Trade Rumors

Mar 3, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) skates in the Dallas Stars zone during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Blues 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With the NHL trade deadline looming and the substantial amount of defensemen (total of 9) on the St. Louis Blues roster, the anticipation is heightened regarding a possible trade or trades before 3:00 PM ET on Wednesday, April 3rd.

If management is reviewing the roster for any options at this point, I truly believe that they must be contemplating on two different prospects; Defenseman, Ian Cole, #28 or Defenseman, Kris Russell, #4.

The St. Louis Blues drafted Cole in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Cole has played in 15 games this season and grabbed 1 assist on January 19th when the Blues challenged the Detroit Red Wings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted Russell in the 3rd round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.  Russell has played in 30 games this season with 1 goal and 4 assists for a total of 5 points.

There are a few rumblings of a possible trade of Left Wing, David Perron, #57.  However, I do not have a lot of faith that this rumor will actually come true. Perron has participated in 34 games this season and collected a total of 22 points for 9 goals and 13 assists. I think fans and the Blues management team can agree that we would love to see Perron show a bit more consistency in the game, with him focusing on applying more pressure on our opponents, while supporting his teammates and putting more pucks in the goal. I think Perron has the ambition necessary to increase his game time and overall stats. I just hope that he can get into the right frame of mind needed to help stabilize the balance on the team, which will hopefully lead to more wins for the Blues and hopefully the playoffs.

As we prepare to challenge the Chicago Blackhawks on April 4th, we look forward to any changes that the St. Louis Blues will choose to make, if any, within the next 24 hours.

Go Blues!

Topics: Chicago Blackhawks, David Perron, Ian Cole, Kris Russell, NHL Trade Deadline, St. Louis Blues

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  • bluenotebacker

    Thanks for the update Darla, here’s my 2 cents:

    GM Doug Armstrong has said publicly that he’s not looking to make any more moves BUT we all know that in hockey (as with any pro sport) what’s said in the press isn’t always exactly reflected in what happens behind closed doors. That said, I’d be shocked to see any “core” or starting forwards dealt this year, including Perron. I’ve become disenchanted with #57 and would have no regrets seeing him traded right now, but it may not be what’s best for the team.

    I also don’t think Russell would be considered for trade bait. Hitch coached him in Columbus and I think there’s a connection there that will keep the young defenseman in St. Louis. I don’t think Russell’s been very consistent this season, but he’s been better lately, which could put him on teams’ radars. I think he’ll be a healthy scratch down the stretch.

    I believe Cole is still the odd man out, but I just don’t see many teams calling and asking for the kid.

    I don’t think the Blues *need* to make another move, and I’ll be surprised if they do, but I’m glad I’m not the one who has to make the decisions Army has in front of him.

    • http://twitter.com/DDYPhotography DDY2008

      I agree, I would not want to be the one making the decisions either. I am thankful that a lot of the chatter that has brazenly charged its way through the rumor mill over the past weeks/months have rendered themselves meaningless. I hope now that the trade deadline has expired and the adjustments have now been made that the team can gel together to form one solid unit and make us die hard fans proud.

      I think a few of our players still have a lot to prove and to themselves, the team/management and the fans. A select few were lucky that they were not directly affected by the trading deadline, although they were proposed as possible candidates.

      Hopefully with the changes that the team has experienced this season, including injuries and the return of a few superstars from Peoria, we will start seeing positive changes in the team and their momentum on the ice!

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