The St. Louis Blues made the first big splash of this year’s NHL Trade Deadline a bit early when they acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres last weekend. There have been a number of deals made since then but nothing that dramatically effects the Blues or any of their Western Conference rivals, yet.
A number of goalies have changed addresses since the Miller-Halak swap, a few AHL players have been exchanged, and while action has picked up today, with the deadline a little more than two hours away (3PM Eastern) the Blues seem to be standing pat with their line-up. I don’t blame them, they’ve got a solid nucleus and have been playing well together, turnovers not-withstanding.
The Blues had reportedly been (mildly) interested in Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers but as he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning today for Martin St. Louis, we can cross him off the list of potential Bluenotes. Western powerhouse Chicago doesn’t figure to make much noise, though they’ve been linked to numerous Ryan Kesler rumors. A more likely landing-place for Kesler seems to be the Anaheim Ducks, which would make them even tougher to beat out for the President’s Trophy.
Will Doug Armstrong and the Blues make any additional moves? Will we see any further blockbuster deals in the next couple of hours? Only time will tell, but I’d love to know what you think St. Louis should be doing in the comments below or at the Bleedin Blue Facebook page.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!