One pending free agent the St. Louis Blues can sign away from each of their Central Division rivals

The St. Louis Blues have shown resilience down the stretch, even if winning the Central Division is no longer possible. But there is a way they can weaken their rivals.
St Louis Blues v Dallas Stars
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Matt Duchene, Forward/Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars could be the hottest championship contenders in the Central down the stretch despite Colorado’s and Winnipeg’s presence. One major reason for their success is a player named Matt Duchene, who, like just about every forward in Dallas, is enjoying a fantastic season. 

Duchene would likely return to the Stars when they figure to be just as competitive in 2024-25, but until he inks an extension, let’s have fun and imagine what he could do for the Blues. He will be 34 next season, so Duchene would provide a strong, productive veteran presence, and he could be a top-six player in St. Louis or, at worst, the middle-six. 

He has 62 points in 72 contests and 24 goals, good for a 15.5 shooting percentage, and he’s also someone who could bolster the power play. Six of the 24 times Duchene found the net have come on the man advantage, and he has 15 total power play points through March 29th. 

The burning question here would be whether he would keep up such productivity on a team that hasn’t scored the way Dallas has. On paper, the answer is no, but it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t boost the Blues overall play in the offensive zone.