It appears that the St. Louis Blues aren’t quite done wheeling and dealing. Reports have suggested that the team could be looking to move center Derek Roy prior to the NHL trade deadline, but it’s not clear at this juncture exactly what Doug Armstrong would be asking for in return.
The veteran pivot has been quietly productive for the Blues this season, and has 36 points in 58 games. He’s sometimes drawn the ire of fans because of his worth ethic out on the ice though, and he doesn’t seem to fit in with the attitude that the Blues are attempting to embody heading into the playoffs.
Hearing talk that Derek Roy could be on the move before tomorrow’s deadline. #NHLTradeDeadline
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 4, 2014
It seems unlikely that the Blues would be looking to add another forward. Steve Ott gives them another option for the second or third line, and when Vladimir Sobotka returns from his injury there will be a glut of forwards capable of playing top-nine minutes in St. Louis.
That leaves the door open to possibly upgrading the backup goalie position—something that seems unlikely because Brian Elliott has been more than steady as the team’s No. 2 guy—or adding another defenseman. Defensive depth is never a bad thing once the playoffs roll around, so St. Louis could be looking to add something along those lines.
Stay tuned. It should be a fun 20 hours or so from here on out.
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