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.

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Tyler Toffoli, Forward/Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets are true Stanley Cup contenders, and bringing in Tyler Toffoli is a huge reason that trend will continue into the Stanley Cup Playoffs despite some struggles recently. Toffoli has only appeared in 10 games with Winnipeg, but he’s already scored four goals with a stellar 19.0 shooting percentage and two assists. 

His production in New Jersey this season before the trade deadline foreshadowed what the 31-year-old would do in Manitoba - 44 points and 26 goals in 61 games with a 14.5 shooting percentage. With rather weak productivity from the Blues that has seen them score only 213 goals, someone like Toffoli would change the team’s 2024-25 outlook should they keep most of their current talent and add in the well-traveled winger. 

Toffoli doesn’t need to record top-line minutes, as he can sidle into a middle-six role should he be a rental with the Jets and sign somewhere else next season. That can also be the case for the Blues, and his presence would complete a deep top-six. 

With just short stints over the last few organizations he has played for, nobody should expect the Blues to sign a player like Toffoli long-term unless he demands such a deal in free agency. If not, then Toffoli should be on Armstrong’s radar. 

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(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference as of March 29th)