3 St. Louis Blues players who shouldn’t return next season

The St. Louis Blues could see some roster movement this offseason with a few enticing players looking to prove they belong with the NHL club come October.

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The St. Louis Blues resurgence this season could delay any major retooling project general manager Doug Armstrong otherwise could have undertaken for the upcoming offseason. While St. Louis is still outside of a playoff spot and is in fifth place in the NHL’s Central Division, they are currently on pace to finish the season with a solid but unspectacular 91 points. 

The above number is more than enough to have faith in a group that has 15 players signed through at least 2025-26. St. Louis would also have impact players like Pavel Buchnevich for another year, and there is always a good chance the 28-year-old remains in town beyond next season if he plays well. 

The Blues are in a better position than they found themselves in at the trade deadline when they had just 67 points and were on pace for just 87, which would have put them well outside of the final playoff spot. No, 91 points won’t get them there either, but it also means we likely won’t see them moving any big pieces as they could have at the deadline should Armstrong have been swayed with the right compensation. 

St. Louis Blues still shouldn’t keep everyone for the 2024-25 season

Despite their recent resurgence, the Blues don’t need, nor should they keep everyone for the following season. With high-end prospects currently seeing ice time, something that should see an uptick if they no longer find themselves in contention a week or two from today, and a few players on expiring contracts, the Blues must part ways with the latter. 

Each of the names listed in the following slides are those fans should have no problem watching in a different uniform next season. But they need to hope those players who should move into full-time roles next year are more than capable of providing more than just adequate play. 

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