May 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) handles the puck in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues Offseason Moves – Who Will Go and Who Will Stay?


The St. Louis Blues are set to have a somewhat busy offseason, but it won’t be in search of new players. Blues GM Doug Armstrong has indicated that his focus is going to be on keeping the current team together. To do that, Armstrong is going to have to get Tom Stillman to open up his checkbook.

So what exactly does Armstrong have to do in the next month or so….

Player Cap Number 2012-13 Salary FA Type What Should the Blues Do?
Alex Pietrangelo $3,167,000 $787,000 RFA Pietrangelo is a must sign player.  Armstrong will most likely lock him up beofre free agency begins.
Chris Stewart $3,000,000 $3,000,000 RFA Chris Stewart earned another contract with the Blues, but at a price.  Armstrong will look to lock him up on a budget.
Jake Allen $2,450,000 $787,000 RFA Jake Allen isn’t going anywhere, but I would expect him to be on a two-way contract again.
Patrik Berglund $2,250,000 $2,400,000 RFA Berglund was spotty all season and in the playoffs.  I think Armstrong gives him a one year prove it deal, but could be used as trade bait.
Kevin Shattenkirk $1,300,000 $875,000 RFA Shattenkirk is in the same boat as Pietrangelo, he is a must sign.  Armstrong will lock him up quickly.
Kris Russell $1,300,000 $1,300,000 RFA Kris Russell has run out of room with the Blues, but Armstrong is not willing to sacrifice depth.  Russell will most likely be back on a one year deal.
Ian Cole $1,300,000 $875,000 RFA Ian Cole will be back with the Blues, but he won’t get much of a raise.  Consider him the secenth man out back.
Tyler Shattock $900,000 $640,000 RFA Shattock should be back in the AHL next season, but isn’t essential to anyone.  Armstrong won’t let him go for nothing though.
Cade Fairchild $875,000 $637,000 RFA Fairchild should get another two-way contract.  With time to develop he could make the NHL team.
Philip McRae $854,000 $787,000 RFA McRae was seen as close to the NHL a few seasons ago, but there is no room on the roster for him now.  He could be moved, but will probably be back in the AHL.
Evgeny Grachev $817,000 $787,000 RFA Grachev has been close to the NHL and played a decent amount of games with the Blues last season.  I don’t think they will give up on him yet.
Paul Karpowich $800,000 $680,000 RFA With Binnington coming up, I would expect the Blues to move or let Karpowich walk, unless Halak or Elliott is moved
Brett Sonne $660,000 $660,000 RFA Sonne is a solid AHL guy, look for him to be with the Chicago Wolves next season as he will be a cheap signing for Armstrong.
Anthony Nigro $592,000 $600,000 RFA Nigro is a lot like Sonne, I see him getting another deal with the Blues, but it is probably his last.
Jay Barriball $578,000 $578,000 RFA Barriball might get moved or they could let him walk.  He isn’t of much value to the team.
Taylor Chorney $575,000 $575,000 RFA Chorney is considered a guy that could be called up if needed.  I think Armstrong re-signs him to a two-way deal.
Stefan Della Rovere $570,000 $550,000 RFA Della Rovere will probably be kept around as well.  He has some upside, but won’t be in the NHL soon.
Andy McDonald $4,700,000 $4,200,000 UFA McDonald’s time as a Blue has almost surely come to an end.  With his play this season and in the playoffs, it looks like age has taken its tole on Andy Mac.
Jamie Langenbrunner $1,500,000 $1,250,000 UFA Langenbrunner will probably need to hang up the skates.  He seems happy with St. Louis and could be made part of the coaching staff.  If he wants to play, look for him to be leaving town.
Scott Nichol $700,000 $650,000 UFA Nichol was injured at the end of the season and it didn’t look like he was missed.  Looks like Nichol will be leaving town at the end of the year.
Jeff Woywitka $700,000 $700,000 UFA Woywitka is probably on his way out of St. Louis.  He never earned a spot on the roster and looks to be extra weight at this point.
Andrew Murray $600,000 $600,000 UFA Andrew Murray is on his way out of town as well.  He never proved that he could play in the NHL and was extra weight for the AHL team.
Adam Cracknell $550,000 $550,000 UFA Cracknell has earned the right to stay with the Blues, but the question will be if Armstrong thinks he is needed.  I think we will see him back on a two-way deal and will be called up when needed.
Mike McKenna $525,000 $525,000 UFA McKenna played fairly well without Allen in Peoria, but he seems like an extra guy if Halak and Elliott are here to stay.  I think he will be looking for a new home.

So who do you think the Blues should resign? Do you think we nailed it above or do you think Armstrong will be making other moves? Let us know if the comments below or on Facebook.

LET’S GO BLUES!

-Alex Hodschayan

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  • bluenotebacker

    I’ll be slightly surprised if Army can re-sign Petro & Shatty AND keep both Berglund and Stewart. On paper both of those forwards fit the profile for success in the NHL right now- size, power, and scoring ability- but neither of them have lived up to expectations and Stewart was nearly invisible in the playoffs, when we needed him most.

    I think McRae & Grachev are both guys that will either have to take a big pay cut or will be out the door. There are a few other AHL roster guys on that list that will probably stay, but I hope nobody is looking for a raise this year.

    If Cracks isn’t at *least* given a 2-way deal to stay then I’m completely on a different page than the leadership of this franchise. He more than proved his worth this year, and with Reaves/Porter under contract, how can they break up the CPR line for good?

    Back end guys like Cole and Woywitka I think will both be gone, as well as Karpowich, but I hope they keep local guy McKenna around. I agree that McDonald, Nichol, and Murray are all likely done in St. Louis.

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