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St. Louis Blues to Make a Splash in Free Agency

The St. Louis Blues have some clear holes in their roster, but a solution may not be far away.

With the need to add scoring to a lackluster offense, the Blues need to focus their efforts on a top line center.

The Blues will want to land a first or second line center if they hope on making a deep playoff run, and luckily for them this might be the season to get such a player.

Vincent Lecavalier recently went to the Philadelphia Flyers, but it wasn’t before the St. Louis Blues made a pitch.  It was known that Armstrong met with Lecavalier, but what wasn’t publicized was that Blues Alumni Al MacInnis also made a pitch to the veteran center.

It was also well known that the Blues kicked the tires on Danny Briere, but he never seemed to have interest in the gateway city.  Now that Briere is in Montreal, the Blues will have to move right on down the line.

According to Andy Strickland, Doug Armstrong claims that he has already spoken with multiple centermen in an effort to recruit them to St. Louis.  Players were given the option to meet with teams prior to the start of free agency this morning and Armstrong is going to make a full court press to improve his team.

Don’t be confused though.  The St. Louis Blues are not a cap team and Armstrong is only going to make sound financial decisions when going after top end talent.

Strickland went on to say that,

Armstrong says he has an issue offering big dollars in free agency that pays a player 50-60% more than his own homegrown players. Says he won’t sign a guy just to create an initial splash before trying and get rid of the contract for the duration of the deal.

So while Armstrong is going to make a push in free agency, don’t expect to hear he is handing out a multi-year high end deal to a guy like Jarome Iginla or Mike Ribeiro.

More as we have it.


-Alex Hodschayan

Tags: Danny Briere Free Agency Jarome Iginla St. Louis Blues Vincent Lecavalier

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