NHL Trade Rumors: With Jamie Langenbrunner on IR, St. Louis Needs to Be Active
The St. Louis Blues are in a tight spot in the Central Division.
They trail Detroit by only five points, and have to hold back Nashville, whom only trail by five points. The team has been successful with the addition of Andy McDonald back in the line-up, but the teams state at the deadline was unclear.
Today, it has become clear the team needs to be buyers.
The Blues reported earlier today that Jamie Langenbrunner was placed on the injured reserve list with a broken foot. He would be re-evaluated again in four weeks.
Langenbrunner is more known for his leadership qualities with the team rather than putting up big numbers. Through 57 games he has 21 points,which is still good for 10th best on the team. However, Langenbrunner is one of now three starting forwards on IR.
Alex Steen sustained a concussion on December 27, 2011, and has been skating with the team, but he is still a far way off before returning to the club. Steen had 24 points through 36 games, which still has him in 8th in scoring on the Blues. His leadership is also being missed on the team as he is an alternate captain.
Matt D'Agostini has only recently been bitten by the injury bug, receiving a concussion on February 7, 2012. D'Agostini is known for being a two-way player and a gritty player that isn't afraid to sacrifice his body to put a rebound in the back of the net.
With all of these injuries to the Blues, they must go after one player to add not only depth but also skill. The Blues cannot afford to be sending AHL players to compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Blues should go after Olli Jokinen.
Jokinen is 33 years old, with 49 points through 59 games. He is currently in the second half of a two-year, $6 million contract. This would purely be a rental for the Blues, but that is all that they need.
The Blues need someone that can fill the void that these three players are leaving, and Jokinen seems to be the answer. The Blues would give a packaged deal to the Flames, centering around Ben Bishop, whom is all but gone at this point.
The Blues missed the playoffs last year because of the injury bug. While this year it would be highly unlikely the Blues will miss the playoffs, the bug could hurt their chances of making a run.
The Blues need to grab Olli Jokinen or another pure goal scorer to take the place of those that have fallen and will give them the final piece to put together what could be a fantastic Stanley Cup Run.
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