The NHL trade deadline was a few days ago, but the impact of the day will be felt for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun conducted what he called an “unscientific poll” of general managers around the league to see who they thought improved the most.
According to LeBrun’s report at ESPN.com, one rival Western Conference manager had this to say:
[Armstrong] gave up a lot, but he got the goalie he needed. He’s got conviction. He went for it. I admire him for that.
An Eastern Conference GM said:
St. Louis for sure got better. Ott is a bit overrated, but [coach Ken Hitchcock] has had him before and will get the best out of him. Miller obviously is the key guy there, a huge upgrade in goal.
The additions have worked wonderfully for the Blues so far. They’ve won all three of their games since acquiring Miller and Ott and are looking for a four-game win streak against the Colorado Avalanche today.