Not everyone will agree with me, but I believe it is time that the St. Louis Blues traded Patrik Berglund. As a restricted free agent this offseason, Berglund is going to command more than the Blues should be willing to spend on him and that signals a time for change.
The St. Louis Blues have lacked offensive power for far too long, but one of the glaring issues on the team is a lack of a true number one center. Patrik Berglund was once thought to be able to develop into such a role, but with streaky play and the inability to develop chemistry with the team’s top players have pushed him down in the lineup. Although Berglund’s value is not at an all time high, he did just have a great season and could possibly be used as a piece in a bigger trade.
While centers will be at a premium this offseason, most of everyone available is nearing the twilight of their career. For the Blues to make an impact on their depth chart, they need to make a trade. Blues’ GM Doug Armstrong will surely work to lock up Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, and most likely Chris Stewart before making any trades in order to know his budget, but there doesn’t seem to be enough money left to keep everyone around. If the Blues wanted to package fellow restricted agent Ian Cole and Patrik Berglund, they could try to make a run at a player like Paul Stastny who also seems to be in need of a change in scenery. Stastny’s salary could be a tough one to swallow for the Blues, but if they can re-sign their other RFA’s at a reasonable price, they could make it work.
If not for Stastny, the Blues could look to trade Berglund, Cole, or other pieces for a top draft pick and make a push to sign Tyler Bozak in the offseason. While Bozak is not increidbly young, he seems to be hitting his stride and could add some punch to the Blues offense.
No matter what Armstrong chooses to do, it seems to be time that the Blues would want to part with Berglund. While many have criticized players like Stewart for not putting forth a full effort, Berglund has failed to get in better shape and turn his game around. Stewart’s work ethic has been tremendous and he seems to push to become a better player. Berglund just does not seem to fit in with this club and it is time to send him packing.
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LET’S GO BLUES!