The St. Louis Blues need to add offensive power and are lacking at one major position, center. This season players like Derek Roy, Mike Ribeiro, Patrik Elias, and Saku Koivu will all become available, but with Roy being the youngest at 30 and commanding the most it won’t leave many top producers left. The Blues could make a run at Mike Ribeiro, but he is looking for a long term deal and won’t come much cheaper than Roy.
The most sensible pickup for the Blues would be Tyler Bozak. At just 27 years of age, Bozak is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season that the Toronto Maple Leafs might not have the money to retain. Surely for the Blues to try and pick Bozak up they would need to shed some salary themselves. Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund are both RFA’s at the end of the season and could command more than the Blues are willing to spend on them. Should the Blues choose to move one of the two, Bozak may be obtainable.
The chances of Bozak landing in a Blue Note are rather unlikely, but would he be a fit for St. Louis? Well, at just 27 years of age, Bozak would fit right in with the core of this team. This season Bozak played in 46 games and managed to net 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points and managed only to serve six penalty minutes. Yeah, just six minutes in the box all season. With that type of discipline, the Blues would be adding something that they do not currently have.
Bozak could be a great fir for the Blues, but can Tom Stillman afford another large contract after adding Jay Bouwmeester and trying to lock up Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk? Only time will tell. What do you think Blues fans, should Bozak be on the Blues short list?
LET’S GO BLUES!