The St. Louis Blues already made their monster splash prior to the NHL trade deadline by acquiring Ryan Miller and Steve Ott. They’re still being connected to Chris Phillips of the Ottawa Senators though, and the defenseman could be had for the right price.
Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun is reporting that four teams have shown an interest in the veteran blueliner: the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks and the Blues. While Boston is considered the front runner here, defensive depth is never a bad thing once the playoffs are underway.
Making things more interesting is the extension that the Senators offered to Phillips earlier today.
Not sure a one year deal will get it done because Chris Phillips certainly knows he can get more term on open market. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 3, 2014
The Senators are developing a nasty habit of short-changing their lifers at this juncture, and if the report that they only offered a one-year deal to Phillips is true then he could very well be moved by the deadline. March 5 is just around the corner, and once that 3 p.m. hour approaches, sometimes teams can drop their prices a bit in an attempt to at least get something for a player they’re about to lose.
It seems likely that St. Louis would only be in on Phillips if the cost wasn’t too high as they are pretty stacked on the blue line, but it’s something Doug Armstrong has been reportedly considering over the last few weeks.
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