5 low-cost free agents who can transform the St. Louis Blues in 2024-25

The St. Louis Blues could land in that infamous ninth spot in the Western Conference this season, which would put them just one slot out of the playoffs.

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Joe Pavelski remains a top scorer in this league

Joe Pavelski will turn 40 shortly after NHL free agency begins, but unless the Dallas Stars win the Stanley Cup and/or he decides to retire, he will sign a one-year deal somewhere. While the Blues aren’t a high-scoring team that would call themselves true Cup contenders, someone like Pavelski would immediately transform their offense for a season. 

Pavelski is still recording top-six minutes in Dallas; he’s productive, and don’t be surprised if he snags a top-15 spot for the Selke this season as he’s also once again playing sound hockey in all three zones. 

He also doesn’t miss any games, having played in all 82 contests in 2021-22 and 2022-23, and he’s also on pace to hit that number again this season with 70 games played. Pavelski also has 58 points, good for 0.828 per game, and when you adjust that number for an entire season, it sits at 68. 

Sure, there’s a good chance Pavelski re-signs with the Stars if they don’t win it all, AND he believes they can make another Cup run. But Pavelski could be more than interested in providing the missing piece for a Blues team that needs help in the offensive zone should he not return to Dallas.


(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference)